The Timeless Transitional Trench Dress

This weekend Abhi & I continued to explore the Queen City “Cincinnati” and found ourselves at the remarkable John Roebling Suspension Bridge. Apart from the striking architecture, what’s special about this bridge is that, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet when the first pedestrians crossed it on December 1866. The beautiful turquoise bridge caught our attention the moment we stepped out to take a stroll at the riverfront park. So we decided to walk the bridge while enjoying the breeze and live music. When the evening lights came up, the bridge stood out amongst the dazzling cityscape. 

As the days are starting to get colder, it’s difficult to figure out the outfits accordingly. This time when we decided to go out, I draped my trench coat over a turtleneck to make it look like a dress rather than a coat worn over a dress. Trench coats are a classic staple piece. They are the perfect transition coats for spring and fall. I will admit that I have never owned many trench coats, but after coming to Cincinnati and stocking up, I’ve adapted them into my style, especially during weather transitions.

When it comes to my personal preference, I tend to gravitate towards timeless classics. Every outfit or article of clothing should have classical elements that make them equal parts universal and unique. Some of my absolute favorite fashion icons made certain silhouettes famous, and I’ve been taking cues from them for as long as I can remember.


One of my absolutely favorite looks is inspired by the legendary Audrey Hepburn herself. With her super chic sensibility, Hepburn immortalized the beige trench through films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and unknowingly, solidified its place in fashion – a rarity in fashion’s ever-changing, trend driven landscape. Paired with an ultra-feminine dress or even opaque tights, it’s a timeless addition to any outfit and the perfect marriage of masculine and feminine.

For mastering the look, I got this trench coat from The LIMITED, which was listed as a trench coat but I found the material to be soft and comfy, also suited for a dress in my opinion. I’m a big fan of the classic trench coat, and have been intrigued by its sleeveless design. Similar to a vest, it allows for interesting layering, plus can keep vitals warm when you don’t need a full-on coat. I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised by the fit – the torso, waist placement, and perfect length with no alterations whatsoever. The vest-like nature of this jacket makes it ideal for showing off sleeves and neck with interesting details.

The sleeveless trench is one of my favorite trends. This smooth twill dress with a double breasted front comes with a removable adjustable belt and has slash front pockets. It’s not just a fashion object, but also a functional piece that will multitask, taking you from day into evening. How do you style a sleeveless trench? The great thing about it is that it can be worn as part of an ensemble, or on its own. Unfailingly elegant style is hard to come by in today’s vast world of endless options. However, taking cues from Audrey Hepburn, I managed to get this chic and sophisticated look right.

I am pretty much obsessed with this beautiful beige trench coat and have been layering it over everything from sweaters to lightweight dresses since spring this year. It seems to go with everything and has become one of my favorite purchases. I paired this outfit with these black velvet Nine West Pumps. These are such a great shoe to invest in because they wear well, the black color is so versatile, and compliments almost every outfit.

What makes an outfit fulfill a purpose is how you wear it. This particular dress/coat had buttons to wrap it up in several different ways, thus making it very versatile. I felt the incredible silhouette of the dress was lost when unwrapped. Also I guess the heart of fashion lies in taking risks, wearing something striking and unique instead of the same thing everyone has seen before.

In fact, I loved wearing this coat as a dress so much that it actually inspired me to look at my closet and ask, what else could I be wearing in my closet in more creating inspired ways? Try to think the same way, get creative with not simply what you are wearing but how and be an inspiration to those around you. And remember, if you think it’s a dress, then by all means, wear it like one.

♥ Suchi ♥

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