|trench||–||Banana Republic (current version)|
|ankle boots||–||New York and Company|
|ring||–||Charming Charlie (c/o)|
Every once in a while I need to pick up something from Target over my lunch break. I feel pretty lucky that there’s one within walking distance of my work–part of the joy of working downtown. Every time I errand there I can’t help but pop into their clothing section to see whats new. A few months ago I spied this dress on the rack as part of their fall new arrivals and I tucked it into my shopping cart without even trying it on–I just knew it was going to be a winner, and I think I was right.
In my last lumberjack-inspired post I mentioned just how great Target’s plaid offerings are. They’re so good, I feel the need to highlight that fact again. For example, give this plaid shirt, this plaid scarf, this plaid dress, this plaid sweater, this plaid watch, these plaid PJs, this plaid cardigan, and this plaid nightie–which I just purchased–a look and I think you’ll agree. And it’s all so affordable!
It took me forever to find just the right pair of ankle boots this season. I knew I wanted a medium brown pair and I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Most of what I found was far too western. I tried on these Sole Society booties and these Vionic booties, but the white topstitching really added a western flare to them, and I was looking for a sort of edgy, Rebecca Minkoff, trotting-around-the-city vibe rather than an off-to-round-up-the-cattle vibe. I was just about to give up when I found these at New York and Company. They were less than $40 (!) and super comfortable. I actually spent the entire day in Traverse City walking around in them with ease.
I wore this dress while exploring Traverse City on a chilly day, and it kept me nice and warm. I paired it with my classic Banana Republic trench coat and never felt cold despite all of our wandering around outside. Sadly, Banana Republic has transitioned from classic, feminine pieces to boxier, menswear-inspired garments. I am not a fan. They don’t even sell their perennial classic trench anymore, which is a damn shame, because it’s a fantastically cheaper alternative to a Burberry trench.
If you’re looking for a new trench coat now, I’d pick between this classic trench from the Gap in beige, navy, or black; this rather shorter classic trench from The Limited in khaki or dove gray; or, for a cheaper option, this light beige trench from H&M.