Thrifting Finds: Tan Trench Coat

November 7, 2016 in Style

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!

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  • Reply jacqueline November 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Oh my god! What a good fine. I’m always looking for a trusty trenchcoat!

    • Reply kathie November 7, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      It’s strangely a hard thing to find! I’ve tried on a ton but there was always something a little bit wrong with the fit. Definitely got lucky this time!

  • Reply Claudia Blanton November 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I love that coat! I am looking for a coat right now, saw one at Marshals the other day, but it looked like it was going to swallow me, because I am too short for long coats, lol. Blessings!

    • Reply kathie November 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Aw, I feel your pain! Maybe you’ll be able to find a petite size somewhere?

  • Reply Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere November 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Such a good find, and the coat looks great on you! I was also looking for a tan trench for a while, and wound up buying mine in Paris. 🙈 such a good souvenir! Lucking out and finding a gem like this at a thrift store though is a whole other kind of thrill. What good luck! And can I ask what a glitter sale is? Based on this post, I’m thinking I should go to one too!

  • Reply Danielle November 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    OMG Kathie what a crazy find!!! For a sec I got nervous that maybe it wouldn’t fit since it was in men’s but thank goodness it was actually a women’s coat just in the wrong place! To be honest though, I used to work in retail and whenever I found a (women’s) item I loved but couldn’t hold, I’d hide it in the men’s section. The logic would be – what woman is shopping over there and what man will want it??? Looks like that’s out the window considering how you scored this coat! You may have taken an employee’s coat, but it looks totally cute one you!!! Great great find, AGAIN!

    Danielle | <3

  • Reply Sammy November 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Such a great find. That’s a tip I always like to tell people. You’d be surprised where things end up!
    Love this coat you scored well here 🙂
    Sammy | X

  • Reply Hang Around The World November 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Love the way you wear it, it looks so perfect for the fall season 🙂
    Is it available all over the world?

  • Reply Lynnette Joselly November 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    now this a great find! a beige coat is a closet staple!

  • Reply Tali Shlafer November 24, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I love it! I’ve been looking for a trench coat myself. I thought I had spotted a cute Calvin Klein one at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but it looked really boxy… This one is adorable, and I LOVE the color! Glad you walked away with some nifty finds!

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