I got on a colored trench kick a couple of years ago. No idea why, but I kept them all and I'm always happy to pull them out in the spring. It's a light layer that adds some fun to what might be an otherwise plain outfit (ie, white blouse and black pants).
Let's talk about what's under the coat - simple black and white. Sometimes this classic can seem a little "waiter" to me, so I like to keep it fresh with fun details like the jewelry and shoes. I found these pants
at Forever last week - Sandra has been going on and on about her JCrew Pixie pants
and I thought they were genius. Looks like pants, but feels like pajamas? I'M IN! So when I stumbled across these at XXI for 1/5 of the price, I had to try them out. So far, I'm pleased. They have little zippers on the front, which is a fun detail and a zipper on the back, which makes them feel like pants. They're listed as leggings, but are much thicker material and have a lot more structure. I'm intrigued. For the record, I did roll them under for this outfit to show off the shoe straps.
As for the shoes, I love them and just had to have them when I saw them (love the chunky heel!) but they might be the most uncomfortable shoes I've ever owned. I don't know why, but they rub my feet in ALL of the wrong places. I have no idea why, the reviews say they're pretty comfortable, but I did not find that to be the case. I'm going to have to figure out how to prevent so much rubbing when I wear them again.
Shirt, The Limited.
Necklaces, Francesca's Collections.