Vintage style: capsule wardrobe – the trench coat

It’s that time of year again – the time when the beige army is back on the streets of the UK. And if you haven’t guessed what I mean by that from the title of this post alone, I’m of course referring to the fact that most British women seem to have a trench coat (or mac) in their wardrobes, just waiting for the temperature to hit the double figures again.

I’m a big fan of the fact this style staple is still a favourite – and that they’ve really not changed that much since the World Wars. It’s, however, difficult to find the really classic ones to fit me, as I always need petite sizing for coats.

F&F Limited Edition Full Skirted Mac

Imagine my delight when I found a simple, full-skirted trench at supermarket fashion favourite, Tesco! For £40, I bought the petite version of this mac – I love the single-breast, defined lapels and, of course, the big skirt. Simple, elegant and just a little bit retro. You can also get this in a standard size in a pale blue version which I love – and right now on Tesco’s site both the petite and standard versions are knocked down to a truly bargainous £28.

As the above picture doesn’t really do this lovely coat much justice, here are the obligatory snaps…


Trench coat: F&F, Tesco
Dress: ‘Super Spy Dress’, Heartbreaker
Shoes: ‘Ali Katelina’, Clarks

Unlike most trench coats on the cheaper end of the scale, this one is fully lined with a cute floral pattern. It also is a true mac, as the outer material has that slightly plastic-y texture which means it’s water-repellent.


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