Classic Trench With A Twist

 This rather classic style trench has been a part of my wardrobe for many years. Yes, the style is classic as a trench should be but this one is a soft, buttery leather hence the twist.I love the oatmeal colour of the leather and the finishing details including the large buttons. The coat was made  and designed in New Zealand by the late Victoria Moore, a charming and very talented lady that I had the pleasure of meeting many years ago.

I know classic , yet alone beige, gets a bad rap for being boring but sometimes the classic road is one I like to venture on and just make it my own .

 My own touches included these yellow spot and black gloves from Violet Priscilla (isn’t that a wonderful name for a glove company) and my bejewelled hat from Helen Kaminsky .
On another note please excuse my slightly battered looking nose , I had some sun damage attended to
after a visit to a skin specialist last week. The result of too much time in my younger years spent in the harsh Aussie sun. Everything was fine and I will be back to normal in a couple of weeks.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb

Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

and Fancy Friday at Nancy’s Fashion Style



  1. nancy baten
    August 21, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Oh I love trenchcoats that are a bit of the classic ones so much! Fabulous one!

    • Jill James
      August 22, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Thank you so much Nancy – sometimes a classic trench seems so right.

  2. Tiina L
    August 21, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    There's nothing boring about soft leather, or classic trench. My dreamcoat! Except that beige is definitely not my colour… but it looks divine on you.

    • Jill James
      August 22, 2017 / 6:52 am

      I do hope you find your perfect leather trench Tiina in your colours, I can see you in one in your jewel tones.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    August 21, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Love a classic trench! Especially with black accessories! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 22, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thank you Laurie , I guess you can,t go wrong with cream and black.

  4. SusanG
    August 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I love your bejewelled hat! You have such a unique, quirky touch with accessories that's very inspiring! I hope your nose heals quickly and completely.

  5. Jill James
    August 22, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Thank you for your kind words Susan , my nose is healing nicely and hopefully will soon look much better. I am pleased you like my accessories I enjoy collecting different pieces to ring the changes to my outfits.

  6. Blue Velvet Vintage
    August 22, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Can't go wrong with a classic trench! Love that embellished hat and the polka dot gloves. You really know how to chose accessories to elevate an outfit :)Theresa

    • Jill James
      August 26, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thank you so very much Theresa for your generous comments. I totally agree you can never go wrong with a classic trench and it makes a great background to play with accessories.

  7. dan
    August 23, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    A classic trench is definitely a must-have. You made a great ensemble with vey nice personal touches…sooo stylish!!

    • Jill James
      August 26, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Thank you very much Dan , a compliment indeed as I so admire your stylish Italian dressing.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    August 23, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    You look brilliant in your classy trench coat with whimsical details like your hat! Everything gets a bad rep somewhere at some point. Beige for being boring, bright colors for being loud and prints for being distasteful. I love variety, I'd say let's just let it all be. 🙂 <3

    • Jill James
      August 26, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thank you Natalia you are so sweet.Totally agree with you , variety is after all the spice of life .

  9. diaryofapennypincher
    August 24, 2017 / 7:55 am

    That is one classy, classic trench! Love your backdrops, and the cute jewelled cloche hat, and gorgeous accessories as usual!

    • Jill James
      August 26, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thanks so much Claire for your kind comments. The backdrops are part of a flood levy , so good of the local council to add some colour.

  10. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    August 26, 2017 / 3:52 am

    Ah, more leather… this trench coat certainly looks "buttery" – what an asset to your wardrobe, Jill. And beige, you can add any colour or pattern to it – as you do, inventing your individual, new outfits every time. I love your boots! Just wondering if you'll be in the next Bond film… (Pleased to hear the results of your skin surgery are good). xx

    • Jill James
      August 26, 2017 / 9:31 am

      Many thanks Elizabeth , I know we both share the joy of leather and this coat will stay with me for many years to come.So true about dressing the beige with added colour.The boots are old favourites too.

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