You know we believe in experimentation, particularity when it regards getting dressed, so this week we decided to get playful with that old winter staple: the trench coat. Naturally it was an Instagram post that sparked our desire to experiment (is there any other form of inspiration these days?), but as life isn’t Instagram, we wanted to see if we could pull this look off #irl.
The image that piqued our interest was a campaign shot for the upcoming Melbourne Fashion Week where a bul clothing trench coat and a P.A.M jacket were styled with only one sleeve on, á la Simone Rocha’s collection before last.
I identified my vintage Burberry trench as the best candidate to re-create this look but soon hit a roadblock as it, sadly, no longer has a belt. I’m also not thin enough to use the un-worn sleeve as a makeshift belt as it appeared on the models in the Melbourne Fashion Week shot, so I had to enlist the help of a proper belt to make this look work.
Now this look is actually really simple to re-create, just put your arm in one sleeve and leave the other un-tucked, pull your coat flat against your back so it doesn’t look weird, use a belt to cinch your waist and either tuck the dangling sleeve away or hang it out artfully.
The verdict: Would I wear this out and about? Maybe. I feel like it made me look more bulky than I am, which isn’t always desirable, but if I ever own a jacket made up of a more lightweight material I would absolutely give it a go.
When my de facto husband saw me he commented that the look rendered the coat completely useless in terms of keeping me warm, which, at the end of the day is true. But hey, if the weather permits, who says a coat has to be anything other than ornamentation?
If you ever feel brave enough to give this look a go, send us a picture; we would love to see you rocking the one-armed coat.