The sleeveless trench

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Right: AT striped top (old, current version) and tote, J Brand jeans, JCrew heels
Faux pearl necklace from a friend, BR sunglasses c/o

**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.
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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.
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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.sleeveless trench3

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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.

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Thank you to Ann Taylor for sponsoring this post! Shop the look & similar pieces below (PS – I did get to try on the striped tee below with faux-leather elbow patches and a size xxs petite fit great. I didn’t need it as mine from years ago still serves its purpose, but just wanted to share):

57 thoughts on “The sleeveless trench

  • Reply Ashleigh August 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Eeeeek! My petite trench dress just arrived and of course I thought of you! Initially, I was bummed because petite 0 was sold out online. I went into my local store and they found it for me in another store. I only paid a little more for shipping. I am starting to notice that I better be on the ball when you post reviews because those items tend to sell out quickly 🙂 You just make everything look so darn cute! Happy Weekend

  • Reply Anonymous August 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Just seeing this blog post. No wonder my size had already sold out when I tried to purchase it last weekend. 🙁

  • Reply Style Insomnia August 16, 2014 at 1:31 am

    I love how you styled this both as a jacket and dress. This truly is a versatile piece that will last for several years and can work with so many things in any woman's closet. I love posts like this that share how you can stretch your money and your closet. Well-written and thoughtful post as always.


  • Reply Cynthia Nguyen August 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Love how you styled the sleeveless trench. This just might be the better option since every year…I've never found a decent trench coat without the hassle of spending alot and having to tailor it…especially the arms. My frame is just like you!


  • Reply Anonymous August 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hi Jean!

    Would you happen to be able to post the dimensions of the base shaper you are reusing for this bag? I ordered the bag during the F&F; event and it's being delivered now!

    Thank you!


  • Reply Elisha Kelly November 18, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I like your long coat semi cardigan. It's cool!! Find accessories that will add beauty to your outfit.

  • Reply Princess Elisha November 19, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I like her sleeveless trench. You look chic!!

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