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Why are so many trenches and raincoats not water-resistant? It's so hard to find a stylish and functional raincoat, especially if you're petite. When I checked out Chico's New Arrivals and saw this floral print petite raincoat (it also comes in regular), I knew I had to try it!
This trench-style raincoat from Chico's isn't waterproof, but it is made of a fabric that repels water without being heavy, stiff, or hot. It comes with a functional (and removable!) hood, a self-belt that is long enough to tie however you want, pockets, and traditional trench details.
Even with my bust and rear, I found the size 2 petite raincoat to button comfortably, even when sitting. And it's nice to find a coat that has the belt at the right part of my frame and not have to tailor off the sleeve straps so I am not swimming in it.
And how could I resist getting the matching face mask? These are breathable but light; you may wish to put in a filter (they have pockets). The ear straps are adjustable. I find them to run a bit big in height and width for my face but I have other friends who have these masks and love the fit. They also fit well over a disposable mask.
In my Madewell denim haul post, I mentioned I really like Chico's Girlfriend Jeans and this is one of the pairs I own in this style. I like Chico's for white jeans; they fit the same as other washes in the same styles, are pretty opaque, and they have several no-stain styles which truly work where dirt and stains just bead right off without feeling like you're wearing plastic or some weird performance fabric.
The only thing I don't like about these jeans is the “so slimming” panel in front. You can see it in some photos; it's the seam that is across my belly. It doesn't seem so slim me, it just ends up being a seam. I've only noticed it in the white jeans; I wish it was either longer to offer opacity or gone altogether. But clearly, it's not a dealbreaker.
This sweater… I got it just to have it match the trench but I found I wear it all the time. It's a nice weight for spring, I love the comfort and architecture of a dolman sleeve, and I am surprised that I like the color. It looks springy with white and faded denim and so pretty with gold jewelry.
And you have seen these flats before; I wore them on repeat before it became Hide In The House and If You Leave Wear Boots season. I've shared my thoughts on Ally NYC's flats and heels before; they're really beautifully made and these flats offer a lot of support and structure while looking gorgeous. If you're thinking of trying a pair of Ally NYC flats, use WO2FLATS at checkout to get 10% off!
The bag is several years old; and gosh I love this bag. I am not one to usually wear black, I don't gravitate towards classic styles like this saddlebag, but this bag IMO is perfection. It is not cheap, but as someone who has bought herself her share of Coach/Marc Jacobs/Kate Spade/ALLSAINTS/Rebecca Minkoff bags around the same pricepoint… this one is better quality leather and more timeless construction.
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Shop the Look:
Coat: Floral Rain Trench Coat c/o Chico's (2 petite) | Sweater: Dolman-Sleeve Sweater c/o Chico's (2) | Jeans: No Stain White Girlfriend Ankle Jeans c/o Chico's (2 Petite) | Shoes: Courageous Caramel Leather Flat c/o ALLY NYC (read my ALLY NYC flats review) | Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott | Earrings: Baublebar | Face Mask: This 3-pack c/o Chico's | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
I bought the entire outfit, and it’s one of my favorite things in my closet right now. The coat just makes me happy to wear. Thank you!
Linda B says
This look says “spring!” in the most lovely way!
Nicole Kowalski says
I like the blurred floral better than a traditional floral. And you’re styling is great. I only have one trench and it’s from Cabi. One you featured a few years ago that’s kind of a light periwinkle blue.
I keep hoping for a pair of those jeans in a size/wash I like, but they are often sold out. Oh well.
I agree that it’s really hard to find actual water proof coats that are also cute. I like the brand MiaMelon. They specialize in waterproofing tech and have a lot of nice coats. I bought one of their jackets for a “work” rain coat. Something that won’t completely destroy a business casual look. Of course, I live in a state with WEATHER, so I admit to skewing practical over cute.
The raincoat looks great on you! Love!
I agree with you re the “so slimming” panel. I usually just cut it out. The last thing I need is one more seam or layer going across my stomach. And seriously, who believes that a little piece of fabric does anything?!
I suggest a stroll through cherry blossoms — in person — in this coat. Not necessarily at the Tidal Basin, but one of the many other locations with cherry trees. Yay!
Alison Gary says
Yep, I think I’m going to try cutting it out. And I do need to find a not tourist-filled spot for cherry blossoms and rock this trench there!
Can you take a little pair of sharp scissors and snip around the edges of that “so slimming” panel to remove it? That’s what I do with the inside cup liners of my Soma unlined full coverage wireless bras (which you have often praised) to keep them from making my breasts look like horizontal cones. Snip close to the seams. No sewing skill required–just scissors!
Alison Gary says
I think I’m going to try that, and will be sure to report back!
Pretty & cheerful for spring.