Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend? We went up to Birmingham on Saturday to check out an Oktoberfest, but it ended up being pretty lame and very expensive, so after enjoying a pint, we left and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the city and stumbling into the cute little shops and restaurants. Sometimes, aimless wandering is really my favorite way to explore a city because of the little gems you wouldn’t find otherwise!
The weather, however, was not cooperating, in true British style. There was a bitter cold wind with rain off and on, so I had to figure out a way stay warm and dry outside but then comfortable in the heated stores + pubs once we moved inside. The solution? A trench coat and outfit layering. I’m pretty sure the Brits invented outfit layering with their inconsistent seasonal weather!
I’ve always wanted to add a classic trench coat to my wardrobe and as I’ve spent a lot of the last few months traveling to interviews, something that was both practical and stylish became more of a necessity. So when I saw this one at Marks and Spencer, I was smitten right away.I love that the color is more of a stone, which works much better with my skin tone than the traditional darker sand, and that you can tie the waist to prevent the trench from looking too frumpy. It also has over 400 positive reviews online so something must be working right!
I continued the layering underneath with my favorite Loft cardigan and go-to chambray shirt. I purchased this pleated faux leather skirt from J.Crew last season and it remains hands down one of my favorite purchases of all time – luckily for you, they made it again this year! There’s also a super chic midi version too!
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