Gamine: outerwear

The iconic piece of the gamine is the trench coat!

It’s the perfect coat because it’s a transitional wunderkund: you can wear it rain or shine in cooler months like spring and fall! It looks very professional. Get the wrong trench and you’ll end up looking like a P.I.!

A double-breasted coat, although impressive, can add additional bulk! If you are busty or petite, try a single-breasted trench coat.

What you should look for in a trench coat?
nice proportions: skinny arm and a decent sized collar
length: hits at mid-thigh
flexible: a removable lining
color: beige

For the Gamine, classic beige will only do! However, trench coats come in tons of colors now. So if you want a trendier looking trench by all means go for a color rather than a neutral! Just remember to knot the belt.


affordable-for-all trench
cotton, unlined, size XS-2X in Regular, Tall, and Petite, $49.40, Old Navy


full-length trench
polyester, fully lined, sizes 2 -18 misses/petite, $80
plus-size 16W – 24W, $90, Chadwicks


mid-length trench coat
polyester, sizes 2-18 misses/petite, $50, Chadwicks


single-breasted trench
cotton/poly blend, MICHAEL Michael Kors,
size XS – XL misses/petite, $128, 1X- 3X, $138, Nordstrom

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