Drapey Trench




As an avid trench coat enthusiast, I’m surprised it took me this long to pick up a drapey trench, but now that the flood gates have opened, I doubt it will be my last. I’ve already got this one coming in the mail, but my luck with Mango in the past has been sketchy so my hopes aren’t too high. I do love that soft pastel grey color though! I’ll post some more photos and measurements of this one in a Fit Review Friday post later this week.

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Trench Banana Republic (also ordered this one)
Tee – American Apparel
Jeans Rag & Bone (on sale!)
Shoes Gianvito Rossi (also love these)
Handbag Clare V.
Belt Linea Pelle (similar)
Watch Larsson & Jennings
Necklaces Vintage & Downtown LA
Rings Catbird, Vrai & Oro & vintage

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  1. says: Sophia

    Love this drapey trench! But since it’s Banana Republic, how could I not? ;) What size did you take, if you don’t mind me asking?

    I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a soft, drapey trench for awhile and can’t decide whether I should go for black or beige/grey for my first one. Can’t wait to see your review on the Mango trench!


    1. says: Alterations Needed

      Hi Sophia! I’m wearing size pxxs. I was surprised by the length (shorter than I thought it’d be, which is perfect!) and the fabric is nicer than I was expecting. I was mulling the same things as you about colors and ultimately grabbed this one since it comes in petite sizing & the other options I’ve been looking at (in lighter colors) don’t. I actually think the black in a drapey fabric will work well because it’s less “consuming” in a fluid, soft shape, but really wish BR had included other colors! I wouldn’t mind this trench hanging in my closet in a beige, or grey, or even olive as well! I’m excited for the Mango one to arrive…looks like early next week. ;)

      1. says: Sophia

        Thank you for your reply, Kelly! I’m glad to hear the length was shorter than expected- perfect for us petite ladies. :) It’s so hard to pick which color I want for my first trench! Black is usually my go-to, but I’d wear it in warmer weather of course so I’m torn between that and lighter neutrals. Maybe your review on the lighter colored trench will sway my opinion in one direction or another. ;P

  2. says: Carol

    Love the outfit! So surprised by the great length of the jacket. I purchased a shorter trench from Everlane but I love this one too. Clutch is great too!

    1. says: Alterations Needed

      Thanks Carol! So jealous of your Everlane trench! I’ve yet to find a swing trench that works on me, but love them on other people. =)

  3. says: Karen

    I love how that trench looks on you. The drapeyness is what does it for me. Although I’m petite (5′) I’m more along XL sizing. But for this trench I may make an exception and get it altered.

    Some of the comments being left on the BR website about this trench are that it is too thin a material. I live in FL so thin is fine, in fact preferable, but I’m wondering how thin. I’m not familiar with the lyocell material it’s made from and was wondering what you’d compare it to material wise. For instance, it’s got to be thicker than a silk shirt, right??!

    Sorry if this is a confusing question, I just don’t have a BR store close by and rely on online reviews. Thanks for your help, Kelly.

    1. says: Alterations Needed

      Hi Karen! Not a confusing question at all! I had the same question from reading the reviews but am lucky enough to have multiple BR’s near me for easy returns if things don’t work out. ;)

      The fabric is much thicker than I expected, which makes me think the reviewers who said it was too thin were expecting a traditional trench coat. It’s definitely thicker than silk…it reminds me of a twill fabric in texture and weight, kind of like a pair of chino pants but with a soft drape.

      The sleeves are easy to alter if you choose to go that route because there is no cuff details…just an easy fold-over hem. You might get lucky with the overall length since it starts off so short already, but if you need to take a little off, it looks like a pretty easy and straightforward alteration there too. I hope that helps! Good luck!

      1. says: Karen

        Thank you for your reply Kelly! This definitely helps me as it sounds like it will be a perfect weight for Florida. Something that I can wear in the Fall, Winter and maybe some of the cooler Spring days. And thank you for providing the sleeve detail. It’s nice to know that I won’t be losing any detail there. That just makes it even more or a contender for me!

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