WIW 2/16: More love for versatile red corset trench--work/school, MOTG & date night

Yesterday I posted my Valentine's Day outfit with my Anthro red corset trench (#1), which I wore to work and to volunteer at DD's school:

Well, I just found out that someone I know online bought the same exact red corset trench after I posted about it when I bought it a little over two years ago, but it's been sitting in her closet this whole time because she isn't sure it's her color and didn't know how to style it. She just takes it out and looks at it once in a while and hasn't worked up the courage to wear it yet and is thinking of purging it. What?! Sacrilege!! ;) This fabulous coat needs to be liberated from languishing in her closet, so I have made it my mission to rescue her orphan! :)

It's probably one of my most versatile coats, and is always a compliment magnet every time I wear it! Just goes to show the power of a statement piece that can elevate any basic outfit. Case in point: #3. Very basic casual outfit--T shirt, torn jeans and sneakers. Perfectly appropriate for MOTG kid-chasing, though maybe not the most exciting. But add the red corset trench (4-5) and pow--instant glamour! Most people would be happy to stop there (the red color and the corset back are plenty attention-getting), but my love of quirky ALGO compels me to add my usual matchy matchy, OTT details like the red spec necklace, typewriter purse, and polka dot bracelet and iPhone cover to match the typewriter keys (6-8). Maybe TMGO for some, but it's fun and so me! Perfect for swimming lessions and a day at the zoo with the family (including my sister and niece who are visiting). And then the trench transitions right into evening for a date night with DH--I had only 5-10 minutes after we got home to nurse DS2 and change into the floral dress and red pumps and then DH and I were off to dinner! And back just in time to put the kids to bed (14)!

So there you have it, red corset trench twinnie, you know who you are...no shortage of styling options--take that lovely coat out for a long overdue spin and get ready for the compliments to roll in! And if anyone else has a statement piece hiding in their closet that you think is too fancy for MOTG or you have no occasion to wear it or whatever, I challenge you to de-orphan it, now!

Anthro Elevenses red corset trench with
1-2. Tory Burch hearts dress
Red bow belt
Chanel--Ms. Scarlet
Katie & Kelley red patent pumps (DSW)

3-10. H&M navy and white striped T shirt
Vigoss destroyed skinny jeans
Red Converse sneakers
Kate Spade All Typed Up Clyde typewriter purse
Kate Spade navy and white polka dot bracelet
Kate Spade red specs necklace
Kate Spade polka dot iPhone cover

11-14. ASOS red roses dress
Red bow belt
Chanel--Ms. Scarlet
Katie & Kelley red patent pumps (DSW)
Kate Spade butterfly necklace

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  • rute replied 6 years ago

    amazing work! Love! A red trench is a basic and so versatile piece!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    I can't get past that typewriter bag!! So cool!! Love the trench too! Hope your trench twin is inspired by the outfits you have put together! Gorgeous!

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Red is the yummiest of the  neutrals, yes? Typewriter(and the Ms.Scarlet) bags a real score! I'm in awe!:-)

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    Great styling and the red looks fab on you. And more typewriter bag envy from me!

  • Aquamarine replied 6 years ago

    Your outfits are so much fun! Do your kids know how lucky they are to have such a stylish and energetic Mom??

  • Mander replied 6 years ago

    Love it!  I have a short red trench, not anywhere near as fabulous as that but I have found it to be very versatile.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Of course I love it, being your trench twin (but not that twin, as I wear mine all the time when the weather permits).  Second one is my fave - love it with the unexpected contrast with the ripped up jeans, and the typewriter bag is so much fun.  

    ETA: Maybe I should post some of my pics in this thread to help convince your friend?  What do you think?

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Great styling and kudos for encouraging others to NOT let favorite items sit. 

  • E replied 6 years ago

    A good coat can be such a show stopper! Trenches are a weak point in my closet, and I'd love to find one like yours someday. As it is, I love seeing you rocking it in so many different contexts. Hope your friend pulls hers out soon!

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    Every one of those outfits is superb!
    I have a raspberry trench I hope to use more in same way if we are past the arctic winter here.

  • donnat replied 6 years ago

    I love that trench! I love the red! Great looks.

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous coat! 

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    Well, this trench is as versatile as they get if you ask me. AND it is also super stunning. Gorgeous colour, gorgeous silhouette and you rock this coat so much, Natalie! And how very sweet of you to post these photos as inspiration for your still-hesitant-trench-twin. I hope this will convince her to wear it more often.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I think the corseting on the back is dramatic and fabulous. I love a red coat paired with less dramatic pieces. I also adore the skinny red bow belt you're wearing as well. I have a similar one and find it endlessly useful to add a little punch of color. Perhaps it's my navy blue bias but I adore #1 -- it's my favorite.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    I have been hunting all over for a fab red trench and have been stalking eBay for this trench, so if your friend wants to purge ... ;)

    The typewriter bag is so fabulous!!!

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