Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hidden Bat Week - Trenchcoat & Bat Boots

Killing two birds with one stone here! Another bat, plus Sophistique Noir's monthly theme, which is "outerwear" for December, appropriately enough. I've worn my lovely brown paisley wool princess-seamed coat several times on this blog & just once I've shown my black suede swing coat, but those are honestly not the coats I wear most often.

My workhorse is this black trenchcoat, which I bought in 2005 when my husband & I went to Germany & central Europe in November (easily the coldest trip we've gone on, worse than Antarctica!). This coat is impervious to rain & snow, plus it's just roomy enough to layer over sweaters, so it's perfect for really bundling up.

And it seems indestructible. I can roll it up to use as a pillow on an airplane, spread it out to become a blanket, wad it up & shove it in a bag, etc. Best of all, this is a classic coat style that goes with anything, from jeans to dresses. Everyone needs a good black trenchcoat, imnsho.

And for the bats, well, I've worn these old-school boots to work before. But I had a bunch of meetings, so I really wanted them to be subtle. Just peeking out from a pair of simple black trousers.

What I'm wearing today:
Black boyfriend cardigan, Chadwicks | Black & grey pinstripe long-sleeve knit top, Old Navy | Black trousers, Target | Black bat-buckle pointy-toe boots, bought from a friend | Black & grey skull-print scarf, gift from my husband | Black studded belt, Macy's | Silver medallion earrings, random accessory store | Black & gunmetal cocktail ring, Icing | Urban Decay Gash lipstick | Black trenchcoat, Burlington Coat Factory

Fall has fallen!
The leaves from the trees in our front yard
blew down this week & collected in the driveway.


  1. The bat boots are DARLING!

  2. Sal - Thanks. But boy, they need a trip to the cobbler ;-)

  3. I totally love a nice, basic trench, especially with pants and boots. Bonus points for the multi-functional aspect!

  4. VictorianKitty - Yeah, talk about investment pieces! I've gotten so much use out of this coat & it's still in great condition :)

  5. I've always eschewed trench coats in favor of mid-length rain coats. I would tell people that a trench wasn't waterproof enough or warm enough. You may have converted me with this post!

    It helps that the trench is black and not the usual (sick-looking on me) camel.

  6. lazysubculturalgirl - Just a matter of finding the right trench! This one is water-resistant & has a zip-out insulated lining (which I almost never take out; it's so warm & cozy with it in). When I bought it, I looked thru dozens of coats for exactly the right style & combo. What I love about the trench style is that it can be belted to both give waist definition & snug the coat in tighter for warmth.

  7. Oh & those big collars are great for keeping wind out! Add a scarf & it's perfect for cold, snowy weather.

    Extra bonus - big pockets for gloves & such.

    Yes, I love this coat :-)