I can be a bit of a stinge-bag sometimes. Since I’m all-too-aware of how us Leggy Lovelies can get well and truly stung by the price of specialist shoes, extra P+P charges that “normal” sized shoppers don’t need to worry about, and paying for custom-made wedding dresses, I’ve tried to keep the majority of items I feature on the blog towards the more bargainous end of the shopping spectrum. And I will continue to do so.
But there are certain times when I feel that a little bit of luxury might be justified. Over the years I’ve made some slightly more splurgey purchases that have definitely paid off in the long run: a buttery soft leather handbag, a couple of amazing pairs of size-nine boots and a need-to-have-it watch. I’m a fuss-pot when it comes to parting with my cash though, so if I’m going to spend more than a hundred quid on an item, it’s got to be worth it.
The trench coat is a wear-forever piece. My Dad used to have an amazing one in the late 80s/ early 90s. He’d wear it with glasses and a leather briefcase on his way to work at The Daily Telegraph, and I’d convince myself that he was Clark Kent. Various designers throughout history have given the trench a little bit of a “twist”, but the basic structure of the coat has barely strayed from the original designs that were worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War.
Clockwise from Top Left: Marlene Dietrich in “Witness for the prosecution”/ Early Aquascutum and Burberry adverts/ Emma Watson/ Emma Stone/ Alexa Chung
It’s a spring staple, but I’ve only owned one in the past; a rather ill-fitting Topshop Tall number in blue, with a waist belt that — despite the Tall label — sat just under my boobs. This version by new-Tall-range-on-the-block One Seven Three couldn’t be more different. 6’1 Founder Clare employs “a team of people who are dedicated to cutting the garments specifically to fit taller women, taking into account all key proportions”.
The One Seven Tree collection is small (very small), but founder Claire describes what’s on her website now as “a taster of what is to come”.
And hopefully there is indeed more where this came from, a place where they make super long sleeves, beautiful buttons and hardware, and belts that sit on the waist.
And the fabric of this “Alexa” trench is soooo soft. Forget the starchy, shiny fabrics of many a highstreet version. This coat is made in the UK with a beautiful cotton blend, and everyone I hugged yesterday (I’m a hugger) ended up stroking my arms and commenting on how lovely my coat felt. (I realise I need feely-vision on this blog, because the photos don’t do it justice, but my sister described it perfectly when she said it felt “a bit like a moleskin notebook”.)
And one more because I realised you’d probably want to see it buttoned up as well. Voila…
Alexa Trench, One Seven Three £225/ Shirt, Levis (vintage)/ Jumper, Urban Outfitters/ Bag, Michael Kors £310/ Watch, Michael Kors £229/ Boots, Topshop £88 (they have them in leather in the size 42 still but currently not the suede).
How would you style this Alexa trench? And what long-length staples or gorgeous accessories have you splurged on in the past?