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If you’re an old reader (meaning you’ve been around these parts for a while, not that you are actually old. Age is just a number, my friends. I remind you this as I come onto my 29th birthday this year.), then you will recognize this jacket. It’s been with me since the beginning and it makes me oddly sentimental for that little town where I started this blog. This was such a good purchase at the time and I didn’t even know it. Trenches are actually quite hard to come by. I feel like it’s because they come into stores at an off time in retail — I mean, you really don’t need a trench jacket until you need one. And as one can imagine, that would be a hard schedule for retail to plan around for each person, individually. So the only similar trench I could find has one size left. Apparently, it is not trench season. #whoknew

But this trench, this trench has lasted through many closet clean outs. After each season, I try to go through my closet and pull things that I didn’t wear and either donate or pass it down to my network of people. That’s right my network. This would include my sister, her friends, my mother, her friends, my aunts, cousins, their friends, and of course my friends or anyone else that me, my sister or mother have randomly come in contact with and mentioned they were about my size. Do you want to know the best part? I usually have donation amnesia. There have been many times where I’ve given away something, someone wears it and I compliment the piece, saying how much I love it. That’s when they remind me that I used to own it. Shocks me every time. 

What can I say? A girl knows what she likes. 

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Top: Bloom

Jeans: Similar

Purse: c/o Joie

Trench: (old) Old Navy // Similar

Shoes: Similar

Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot

Spike Bracelet: c/o Stella & Dot

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176 Responses

  1. I can totally relate to your post. I have four younger sisters (plus my mom!). There are certain pieces that have been in my family for years because they get passed through the network. My fiance also has a cousin and aunts who are clothes horses who have already passed down a few pieces to me. I often forget what I have donated or given to them and compliment them for it (and vice versa). I think it is because clothing looks so different on everyone.

  2. Love this look, that top is gorgeous!

    Simple Easy Style

  3. Trench jackets are so hard for me to find! They seem to either just be too short or completely overpower me. My sisters are so much shorter than me so there is no hope of getting a good trench!

    http://www.theadoredlife.com

  4. I bought a trench but it wasn’t lined. It used to crease up so badly and never looked good. When my Mum died I cleaned out her closet and asked my Dad if I could have anything. When of the items was Mum’s fitted trench. It fit me perfectly (even though Mum was a dress size smaller) and it makes me feel smart and I think of her each time I wear it.

  5. Gorgeous trench and bag! So great to have this one timeless piece in your closet that you wore for many years and it still looks amazing! I have one winter one and I’m still so happy to wear it every time πŸ™‚

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  6. I am so glad that I bought my khaki Banana Republic trench coat when I did. It is a classic and will hopefully last me a lifetime. Definitely a staple when building any wardrobe.

  7. Love the colorful top …

    Please visit of website and check out my latest post at
    ithinkiloveit2.blogspot.com

    xx Sree

  8. That’s so true! Everytime I think about buying a trench, I say to myself no, you would never have a chance to wear this (in Austin). But then there comes those days, where I’m like, I SO need a trench today! I’ll have to keep my eye out in this non-trench season. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lisa! This line doesn’t come in X-Smalls unfortunately, so it’s just small, medium, large. I’m wearing a medium and it fits true to size if it helps! (also, if you end up purchasing use code “treatyourself” for 15% off today πŸ˜‰

  9. Even when my day is going really badly, you are a bright light of cheer in the midst of it. Love the outfits, but really enjoy your happy posts. Thank you.

  10. I know what you mean! I was looking for a trench to feature in an upcoming post! It was hard to find. One would think now that its getting cooler in my part of the world it would be easier. I love you top, it looks great on you!

  11. I love the trench but even moreso I love the top! Headed over to Bloom now (I’m so glad you have your boutique online)!!

  12. I hear ya about the trench! I’ve been looking for a while for a good one, and they are VERY hard to find!

    When I do find one, I hope it’ll be part of my closet for many years to come!

  13. Hi Kendi! I have this same trench from Old Navy (we must have bought it at the same time!) but mine looks a little weathered (I travel with it ALL the time, so it takes a bit of beating), so I’m and yours looks so crisp! just wondering how you clean it? Do you wash and dry (and iron?? please say you don’t iron it..) yourself, or did you take it to the cleaners? Thanks- Krista

  14. This is the perfect fresh Spring outfit! I may just have to copy it to a tea. The jacket is a classic and I have recently invested in my own that I think will be around til the day I die.

  15. That’s hilarious- donation amnesia! BUT completely agree, trenches are really hard to come by because when you find one you like you don’t need it and once you need it, it’s gone! Exhausting cycle!

    -Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://cchicc3.wordpress.com/

  16. I can totally relate to your post. I have four younger sisters (plus my mom!). There are certain pieces that have been in my family for years because they get passed through the network. My fiance also has a cousin and aunts who are clothes horses who have already passed down a few pieces to me. I often forget what I have donated or given to them and compliment them for it (and vice versa). I think it is because clothing looks so different on everyone.

  17. Love this look, that top is gorgeous!

    Simple Easy Style

  18. Trench jackets are so hard for me to find! They seem to either just be too short or completely overpower me. My sisters are so much shorter than me so there is no hope of getting a good trench!

    http://www.theadoredlife.com

  19. I bought a trench but it wasn't lined. It used to crease up so badly and never looked good. When my Mum died I cleaned out her closet and asked my Dad if I could have anything. When of the items was Mum's fitted trench. It fit me perfectly (even though Mum was a dress size smaller) and it makes me feel smart and I think of her each time I wear it.

  20. Gorgeous trench and bag! So great to have this one timeless piece in your closet that you wore for many years and it still looks amazing! I have one winter one and I'm still so happy to wear it every time πŸ™‚

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  21. Ahaha, that`s funny, and so true! Very springy outfit. Like it a lot!

  22. I am so glad that I bought my khaki Banana Republic trench coat when I did. It is a classic and will hopefully last me a lifetime. Definitely a staple when building any wardrobe.

  23. Adorable! Love the green bag and floral blouse! I love my trench too and have had mine for a long time as well. Definitely a stable item.

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

  24. I LOVE this trench Kendi! I'm so sad that it isn't recent because I've been on a serious manhunt lately. Great color combo for Spring, you look stunning as per usual.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

  25. Love the colorful top …

    Please visit of website and check out my latest post at
    ithinkiloveit2.blogspot.com

    xx Sree

  26. That's so true! Everytime I think about buying a trench, I say to myself no, you would never have a chance to wear this (in Austin). But then there comes those days, where I'm like, I SO need a trench today! I'll have to keep my eye out in this non-trench season. πŸ™‚

  27. I love most of your looks but I really really love this. I’ve been hoping to find some really flattering white denim in the hopes that I could pull it off.

  28. I have the exact same trench – got mine on super major sale and have worn it through my last two years of college and first two years of work! it’s the greatest.

  29. Hi Lisa! This line doesn't come in X-Smalls unfortunately, so it's just small, medium, large. I'm wearing a medium and it fits true to size if it helps! (also, if you end up purchasing use code "treatyourself" for 15% off today πŸ˜‰

  30. I love this top – it is so perfect for spring! A piece like this trench is invaluable to any girl’s closet, and it’s no wonder it has lasted through so many closet cleanouts. =)

    Avec Amber

  31. Even when my day is going really badly, you are a bright light of cheer in the midst of it. Love the outfits, but really enjoy your happy posts. Thank you.

  32. I know what you mean! I was looking for a trench to feature in an upcoming post! It was hard to find. One would think now that its getting cooler in my part of the world it would be easier. I love you top, it looks great on you!

  33. I hear ya about the trench! I've been looking for a while for a good one, and they are VERY hard to find!

    When I do find one, I hope it'll be part of my closet for many years to come!

  34. Hi Kendi! I have this same trench from Old Navy (we must have bought it at the same time!) but mine looks a little weathered (I travel with it ALL the time, so it takes a bit of beating), so I'm and yours looks so crisp! just wondering how you clean it? Do you wash and dry (and iron?? please say you don't iron it..) yourself, or did you take it to the cleaners? Thanks- Krista

  35. This is the perfect fresh Spring outfit! I may just have to copy it to a tea. The jacket is a classic and I have recently invested in my own that I think will be around til the day I die.

  36. That's hilarious- donation amnesia! BUT completely agree, trenches are really hard to come by because when you find one you like you don't need it and once you need it, it's gone! Exhausting cycle!

    -Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://cchicc3.wordpress.com/

  37. Adorable! Love the green bag and floral blouse! I love my trench too and have had mine for a long time as well. Definitely a stable item.

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

  38. Love the colors in this! Especially the purse! Great!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

  39. I love most of your looks but I really really love this. I've been hoping to find some really flattering white denim in the hopes that I could pull it off.

  40. I have the exact same trench – got mine on super major sale and have worn it through my last two years of college and first two years of work! it's the greatest.

  41. I love this top – it is so perfect for spring! A piece like this trench is invaluable to any girl's closet, and it's no wonder it has lasted through so many closet cleanouts. =)

    Avec Amber

  42. I am visiting your blog for the first time. I found it via a hop (Putting Me Together), skip (Go Chic or Go Home) and a jump (the link on Go Chic or Go Home 8th or 9th “Kendi Everyday” outfit I found myself admiring). Glad I came!

    I love your style, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Serious props to both you and your photographer.

  43. Love the white and florals – very spring-y! And I have the same clothing-short-term memory problem. That’s why I leave my to-donate pile sitting for a while, so when I go through it again everything is like new! πŸ™‚

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

  44. I am visiting your blog for the first time. I found it via a hop (Putting Me Together), skip (Go Chic or Go Home) and a jump (the link on Go Chic or Go Home 8th or 9th "Kendi Everyday" outfit I found myself admiring). Glad I came!

    I love your style, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Serious props to both you and your photographer.

  45. Love a good trench!! I stumbled across a Michael Kors trench at TJ Maxx recently…best purchase.

  46. Love a good trench!! I stumbled across a Michael Kors trench at TJ Maxx recently…best purchase.

  47. What a beautiful outfit. I love the match of shoes and trench with the pop of colour.

  48. I recently bought a pair of white skinnies like this and they are quickly becoming a favorite in my closet! I love how you paired them with a fun blouse and a trench, which always seems like a hard look to appropriately wear.

    xoxo,
    Jaclyn
    http://writteninfashion.com

  49. What a beautiful outfit. I love the match of shoes and trench with the pop of colour.

  50. I absolutely adore this shirt! Floral and leopard prints are my two faves, so a combo is even better!

  51. I absolutely adore this shirt! Floral and leopard prints are my two faves, so a combo is even better!

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