fancy floral (suit of armor)


One time, I wrote a whole post about About a Boy and the song “Rainy days and Mondays.” I’ll spare you guys rehashing that story again (I mean, if you’re really interested in hearing that monolouge, here’s the post). So, instead of talking about my love of About a Boy and rainy days, I’m going to just chatty chat about rainy day trenches. You may find this hard to believe, but I do not have a lot of coats in my fashion repertoire. I’m not really sure why, but for some reason, I don’t really feel drawn to coats like I do, for example, shoes. Despite this somewhat ambivalent attitude towards coats, I tried on this statement trench and realized I had officially fallen for a coat. …oh my…I hope this doesn’t open a whole new can of worms. But for now, my statement coat collection is limited to this trench, and I feel really good about it. It’s like a fancy floral suit of armor for walking around town- and, really, you just cannot go wrong with a fancy floral suit of armor out there in the world.


Peplum top: Express (approx $11 marked down from $30)

Denim top: Forever 21 ($20)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Jacket: Banana Republic ($30 marked down from $175)

Shoes: Gap ($12 marked down from $40)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I had a somewhat odd experience at Banana Republic when I picked up this jacket. I found it in a size small regular for almost $75 more than the medium petite. Confusing, right? So I asked the salesperson and she told me that the regular sizes were more expensive than the petites and that they generally don’t get the same markdown. Huh. Okay. Well, I tried on a size up in the petite and it fit just fine. So, if you’re looking at pieces in a store, go through all of the sections and remember that you can always size up or down as needed. I think coats are a lot more forgiving than other pieces, but certainly it can’t hurt to look various sale sections for a lot of other pieces as well.

2) Denim under a peplum top? Yep! It totally worked, too! I saw a few other bloggers doing this; so, thanks for the tips! Adding the layer underneath the peplum allowed me to wear this “summer” top in spring. I did go ahead and fully tuck-in the denim shirt underneath the peplum to make sure the peplum kept its original shape. You can also layer a lot of tank tops this year, especially those with thick straps. Try it out!

Anyone else have layering tips? Sizing quirks when sale shopping?

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


38 replies to “fancy floral (suit of armor)

  1. This coat is beautiful, I love the pattern! I’ve been looking for a green tropical one for spring/summer but haven’t found any luck yet.
    I’m pretty small so sometimes I shop in kid sizes when looking for sales! They’re generally less expensive and can run bigger in their large/x-large sizes.

  2. a statement trench is a must have for a minneapolis girl – unfortunately, i’ve yet to find one that i love — you’ve inspired me though… floral search it is 🙂

  3. I have been meaning to ask you this for weeks…Do you work at Rush University Medical Center? I have noticed that the last couple of post look like you were at Rush. If you don’t want to answer in this forum, you can email me at 😀

  4. I’m the same way with coats. I tend to buy one per season and then just wear the crap out of it. This statement coat is the bee’s knees though! Maybe I should start looking for a statement coat……

  5. I’m so surprised you don’t have a ton of coats!! Love the idea of a “statement coat”, though, and this one certainly makes a gorgeous statement!

  6. Seriously cool. I didn’t see you in my reader, darn it. But, I love the way you put this outfit together and yep, I have fallend for that trench coat. Way looks good on you!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

  7. Eeee love this look! Also the other day I wore a pair of purple pants there were petites, me petite? Never but you were right! When I tried them on they fit and I bought them! 🙂

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