A simple tan trench coat has been on my list for ages… okay, I’m exaggerating a bit. But it’s been long enough that I halfheartedly take a spin through the coats every time I go thrifting, not expecting that I’ll actually find the trench I’ve been looking for in the right size.
But my ship came in this weekend at the annual Goodwill Glitter Sale. I was looking through the men’s section to see if there was anything my husband might like when I plucked this Banana Republic coat trench off the rack. At first glance, it was perfect.
I’m pretty sure I smiled just like this when I found it, all zen-like and such.
I ran over to another girl I’d been talking to as we shopped with one burning question: is there any difference between a men’s and a women’s trench? She said that the cut was different and my heart fell.
But once I put it on, we both realized it had been put on the wrong rack. It was a women’s trench coat! It was a little big on me, but the sleeves and the length are perfect. The nice thing about trenches (or any piece that cinches at the waste, really) is that you can typically go up a size or two.
And this was only my first Glitter Sale find. I left with a big bag of stuff, including a Massimo Dutti winter coat with fur trim, a cream colored satin Ralph Lauren maxi (oh, I am so excited to wear this!), a vintage fur, and a light pink silk blouse. I didn’t buy anything from the jewelry counter, although I was tempted and probably should have looked for Christmas gifts.
While I was at the sale, I had a couple people ask me if a brand was “good” or if I knew who a designer was or how much their clothes typically sold for. I don’t think there’s a wrong approach to thrifting, but buying something solely because of the brand is an easy way to spend a lot of money and wind up with clothes that are wrong for your body. Buy a piece because you love it, not for what it’s worth (unless you’re planning to resell it… in which case, definitely ignore this advice).
What’s your favorite coat look like? Pretty sure I know what mine is now!