**AT friends & family sale has been extended! Use code FRIENDS40 for 40% off** I’m a big fan of the classic trench coat, and have been intrigued for a while by it’s sleeveless sister. Similar to a vest which has been around for centuries, it allows for interesting layering, plus can keep vitals warm when you don’t need a full-on coat. This piece from Ann Taylor is listed as a trench dress but I found the material to be nice and sturdy, better suited for a jacket in my opinion. I first tried on my friend Khatu’s and was pleasantly surprised by the fit – the torso, waist placement, and total length in petite sizing fit well for a jacket (roomier as a dress) with no alterations needed.
The vest-like nature of this jacket makes it a great candidate for showing off sleeves with prints and interesting details. I wanted to show how it looks paired both with a skirt/dress, as well as more casually with jeans.
And here is this season’s signature tote in the taupe color. As mentioned before, it’s noticeably less structured than the pink version from spring. That one didn’t need a base shaper but the version from a year ago did, so I’m reusing that shaper here. You can make your own at home out of any stiff, cut-able material but I do like the sturdiness of a plastic one.
Trench is unlined and has faux-leather trim (matte, does not look cheap) with zipper closures at the pockets. The material is a good quality 99% cotton/1% spandex which is one of my favorite fabric blends. Measurements of a 00 petite are: 11.25″ across the shoulders, 15.5″ across the chest and 14″ across the waist when fully buttoned up, 13″ top to waistline, 33″ total length.