Trench Challenge

Here are my trenches, too many but all serve a purpose, Most are thrifted except for the longest black trench with hood.
1: a light weight Gap trench. Quite handy for cool nights in summer. Black.
2: EF graphite grey sort of metallic. We fabric. Probably my most worn trench.
3-5: longerblack trench with warm lining. Perfect for funerals and a bit dressier when hood is removed. Can be worn in winter.
6/7: bright pink. Perfect for October breast cancer awareness soiidarity and for spring. Lined with pink satin but not too warm.
8-10: longest of my trenches and a thrifted Burberry in perfect condition. Handy for cold days and over long frocks. 11 and 12 are my thrifted leather trenches. Both soft leather and often worn to 8am church services.
13: bonus of a cold spring outfit worn today. Jeans are made of recycled plastic bottles, thrifted citron top and floral jacket, St Johns pink leather loafers. Bag is Steve Madden from the Rack. Too visually big for me but I like the size for all my stuff. ETA: short blue trench. Down to pennies per wear.
I welcome your comments. Should I purge some of the trenches? The black Gap one is on probation because fit could be better and I have plenty of black options.

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  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    I love your outfit today!! I love the pink and the leather trenches in particular.

    I think you could pass on 1 - unless the weight is often right.

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    What a great collection of trenches you have. I particularly love your leather trench, it is a beautiful fit on you.

    Today's outfit is so pretty and just says Spring! I really like your bag and don't think it looks too big worn as a cross body.

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    Great selection of trenches. The pink trench is great! And todays outfit is so springy - cute!

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    Well I’ve never owned even one trench and here you have 7... no opinion really. Climate and lifestyle must be different.

  • Mainelady replied 1 year ago

    I admire your collection of trenches! Each is fabulous in its own way and as you have identified, serve multiple purposes. I see no need to purge any of them. All are beautiful, but the fab on you!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments, Sal, Bijou, and Jane. I will have to return later but you have been very helpful. The Gap coat is in a holding zone to see if I really need it.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Jenni snd Mainelady, I just saw your comments. Thank you. I couple don’t get worn often but are just what is needed sometimes. Jenni, our climate has long transitional times when this coat weight is just right, although not much rain.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Great collection - my favorite is the pink one, and it looks great with your pink loafers!

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    They all look good to me. This is probably sacrilege but I’d be tempted to have the Burberry shortened by a few inches to a more standard length, so you could get more wear out of it. Only if you have a trustworthy tailor!

  • karen13 replied 1 year ago

    Love the pink and the leather ones. And the spring out is so pretty - it made my day. I woke up to 4 inches of snow this morning - so it may be coming your way.

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    You do have a lot of trench coats and I can see why if your weather is changeable. The pink one looks fab with your coloring and "todays outfit" is a perfect. Love the floral topper.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Shevia and Bonnie, the pink coat was a complete wild card and it took me awhile to get used to wearing so much of a bright color.
    Karen, your snow may well be headed this way. Snow is in the forecast this week as are colder temperatures and lots of rain. I am wearing a cotton sweater today.
    Brooklyn, I agree with a bit of shortening on that vintage Burberry, maybe even some taking in the sides, but have not found a trusted tailor yet in this area. Good idea.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    I love the pink colour on you too,agree that the Burberry could be shortened if you have the nerve and I love today’s outfit,light ,bright colours really suit you.

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Love the pink trench especially, and your happy spring outfit!

  • Toban replied 1 year ago

    Love these. Especially like that they are single button or hidden closure. Very streamlined and elongating.

  • Bennett replied 1 year ago

    This is a problem I have with both coats and shoes I still like - if my size doesn't change and they don't wear out, AND there is room to keep them, what would make me let them go? 

  • taylor replied 1 year ago

    You have a wonderful collection here Joy!
    Variety of style, colors and fabrics...fabulous:)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    I love reading your thoughts.
    Taylor, I do enjoy the variety although I shrunk out of my favorite trench of all time and have yet to find something classic knee-length trench of light weight wool.
    Bennett, I agree. That can be a big problem. For me moving and downsizing eliminated a lot of space. I started the elimination process with duplicates or finding I had something I could wear instead.
    Toban, as you noticed, I prefer the more streamlined versions. Seldom does the waist fall in a good spot, so I try to eliminate them with belt-less versions.
    Suntiger and Cardiffgirl, color makes me happy in cold spring after months of neutrals, usually dark.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    #1 is on probation? But I love that one best! Lol.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you , Rachylou, for your vote for #1.. #1 may leave the closet if I decide another coat could do it’s job. It has a duster look which is a plus.
    It has certainly served well. I used to have a fabulous Gap denim trench but it did not make the moving cut. I hope someone is loving that coat.

  • Katerina replied 1 year ago

    What a great collection! I particularly like both the leather trenches - fantastic on you. And the long Burberry - so fab!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Katerina. I realized that there is yet another trench, a hip length blue one that was worn yesterday.. it seems more of a jacket but is nylon with trench shape and styling including a belt and hood. No photos yet or even a find.

  • Lucy replied 1 year ago

    I like your trench collection, especially the first one (Gap) and last one (leather). They both look very sleek and elegant to my eye.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Added a find for my short blue trench.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    My fave is the bright pink, Joy! Have the sleeves shortened, perhaps. 

    #9 is looking fashionably chic. Do the sleeves need shortening too? 

    I understand why the graphite grey is a workhorse. So easy and versatile. 

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