Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Altering a trench

I ordered the Ann Taylor Boulevard Trench about a month ago because I fell in love with it at first sight. Not that I need another jacket but you can never have enough coats and jackets (especially when live in a colder state). When the jacket first arrived, I wasn’t sure about it. Even though, the sleeve length and the body length fit me quite well, it was just boxy all around. I asked my husband “what do you think about this jacket?”. His response was “ I love it”.

That took me by surprise because he doesn’t say that very often about my clothes. He suggested “why don’t you bring it to your tailor and see what she can do?”. I have never had a jacket altered before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was thinking if it costs too much money, I am just going to return it. My tailor was so kind and she only charged me $30 for her work.

I won't go into too much detail about this trench because small sizes are already sold out online (it is an online exclusive). I was so anxious to see the end result. A week later, I picked up my jacket and couldn’t be happier. She gave the jacket a bit more shape by slimming down the entire back of the jacket.


What I am wearing:
Skirt: Ann Taylor Ponte Mini Skirt - size 00P
Blouse: c/o Sweet Velvet (buy similar)
Trench: Ann Taylor Petite Boulevard Trench - size XXSP (altered)
Pump: Banana Republic Jacky Pump (buy similar)
Sunnies: Ann Taylor Black/Gray Gradient (buy similar)
Scarf: c/o Happy Scarf
Necklace: J.Crew glass pearl (buy longer version)
Watch: Michael Kors 5128 in gold rose

I love everything about this jacket. It doesn’t have a typical “trench” style which I like. However, it’s still a classic piece that can be worn for years and never goes out of style. The material is thick and heavy. I undoubtedly can wear this jacket for at least another month before changing to my heavy wool jacket. The fit is perfect post alterations. My only criticism - it's cotton, so it wrinkles easily. Nonetheless, a quick hot steam will certainly fix the problem =)

I told you it's so easy to create a color-block look with this skirt =)



Hi! a trench is always a cool piece and you have found the perfect touch with this blue skirt! I have just discovered your blog and I have to say that I really love it! You have a wonderful sense of fashion and style...so, I follow you to keep in touch!

Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Your tailor did a good job. Looks so much better.

Awww the hubby is so cute.


Angie | Pandaphilia.com said...

ooh i really like what you wore underneath. and $30 isn't bad for a trench alteration. p.s. i'm visiting columbus december 4th and 5th :) yes, you can never have too many coats in that state lol.

pandaphilia style

CoffeeBreakCrn said...

I love it! I may have to look into that. It is very hard for me to find coats that doesn't swallow me up. Lol. Anyway, have you ever tried J Crew pea coat?


Stephanie said...

You look gorgeous! Love that trench coat too. :)

Callandra said...

Such a beautiful classic trench Sydney! (I just picked up three coats from my tailors today)...it never ends right?! Lol

Petite Therapy said...

I've always been hesitant to alter a jacket. I think I'll give it a chance now! Love your outfit by the way!

Anonymous said...

Love this outfit! Congrats on the new trench coat. I love the "after" shot. : )

Unknown said...

I love the outfit Sydney! And the trench post alterations- perfect!

With the help of amazing Cee- I was able to find the skirt in 00p :-)

Me said...

Ohhh! This is one of my favorite looks on you!

The image of you with your sunglasses while holding your scarf reminds me of Cee!! Love that scarf so much!

Megan said...

I'm loving the cobalt skirt... For such a bright color, you make it so classy! I'll have to pick one up when it goes on sale. :)


Sydney's Fashion Diary said...

@Callandra You're right! *sigh* - Was the H&M jacket one of those 3? Can't wait to see your post =)

TaraMixandMatch said...

It looks great...and I love the skirt!

Karen said...

I can't believe what a difference the tailing made!! Such a great coat!!



C said...

Can I just say how much I love your scarf peeking out from underneath the jacket?! The colors go beautifully together. Very Burberry-esque.

Audrey B said...

You look great! A trench coat is definitely a closet must have for every girl! xo www.casualglamorous.com

Sarah said...

Love that blue skirt!

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Lei said...

Your taylor did great! Love your taupe blousy too!

Nelah said...

Lovely trench and vibrant skirt you have here.

Thank you for your kind words about my family.

Kileen said...

wow, the trench looks incredible on you and i can't believe alterations were only $30!

cute & little

Bravoe Runway said...

The trench is gorgeous and your tailor did a beautiful job! I can't believe you had to have so much taken in, $30 was definitely a great deal and yes it is true...in a cold state, you just can't have too many coats :)

SewPetiteGal said...

Glad that the alterations went well and were inexpensive! It looks great on you and I'm also loving your cobalt mini - beautiful!

Aney Mei said...

Loving this ensemble! Love the colourblocking with a more vibrant colour and a neutral.

Unknown said...

The alterations really made a difference afterward. And $30 is a real bargain for getting a jacket altered. It looks great on you Sydney!