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Trench Coat: Chilly Summer Days Style Rescue (Part I)

stylish trench coat looks; Chic Summer Vacation Style;street style;party outfit; On Sofia Vergara: classic trench coat, blue satchel bag, black platform pump; On Olivia Palermo: camel trench coat, backpack, snakeskin/python ballet flat, orange shirtPhotos: Sofia Vergara & Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of zimbio.comstylebistro.com.

Memorial Day didn’t bring the ritual welcome of hot summer. The weather is as unexpected as it was this spring. The best piece to withstand the climate while staying chic and seasonal appropriate? The unfailing trench coat!

A high quality trench coat can safeguard us from wind and rain, protect us when temperature drops while ensuring style. Like what my mum used to tell me–“invest in a nice coat, you will look great no matter what you’re wearing underneath.”

As for the colors, black is too heavy for spring/summer, while white requires more effort to maintain. Different shades of khaki are classic yet season-appropriate. Light Khaki or stone like what Sofia Vergara worn (above left) is cool toned, thus accessories in blue, green, pink or purple will go great with it. Camel or sand like what on Olivia Palermo (above right) is warm toned, naturally pieces in warm colors are best to go with it, like orange, yellow, brown or red.

Compared to Sofia Vergara’s classic sexy outfit, Olivia Palermo’s take is more sporty and utilitarian which is just in this season, and based on the Resort 2014 collections, this trend won’t go anywhere next year.

Baseball capsbomber jackets and wedge sneakers are right in pieces if you want to fully embrace this trend. For most of us, a subtle element like a backpack or a sport inspired heel sandal (love this pair too!) is great to experiment the trend without being over the top.

stylish trench coat looks; Chic Summer Vacation Style;street style;party outfit; On Sofia Vergara: classic trench coat, blue satchel bag, black platform pump; Featured:  Burberry BritStone Cotton Trench Coat ,  Pour La Victoire - Irina Black Patent platform pumps,  Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.B.' blue Leather Tote,

Coat: Burberry Brit (also here, on sale here here! similar here)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (great buy here & here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

stylish trench coat looks; Chic Summer Vacation Style;street style;party outfit;  On Olivia Palermo: camel trench coat, backpack, snakeskin/python ballet flat, orange shirt Featured:  A.P.C.New Gabardine Classic Teflon Trench,  J.Crew Perfect shirt in linen orange ,  Anthropologie Shingle Beach Backpack ,  C. Wonder Snake Embossed Logo Ballet Flat,

Coat: A.P.C. (also on sale here; similar here)
Shirt: J.Crew (extra 30% off with code SUMMER; great buy here!)
Bag: Anthropologie (great buy in leather here)
Shoes: C. Wonder (great style here!)

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Designer Sale Top Picks

Memorial Day has been the harbinger of summer, but more exciting to fashion lovers, it’s the start of designer sales! Net A PorterSaks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop & Barneys New York are four of my favorite places to score designer pieces, from It Bags to lust worthy shoes to investment classics. Below are my top picks. Good luck!

2013 spring Designer sale top picks: Givenchy Bicolor Medium Lucrezia Duffel,  Michael Kors Collection Gia Flap Shoulder Bag,  Alexanda Wang Diego Bucket Bag,  Alexanda Wang Hornback Suede Prisma Tote,

Clockwise from top left:
Givenchy bicolor Lucrezia duffel
Michael Kors flap shoulder bag (great style also on sale here & here)
Alexanda Wang Diego bucket bag
Alexanda Wang Hornback tote

2013 spring Designer sale top picks: Alexanda Wang Anjelika strap heels,  Nicholas Kirkwood Metallic leather and suede blue pumps,  Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Patent Bow Flats,  Gianvito RossiG littered leopard-print mesh pumps ,

Clockwise from top left:
Alexanda Wang Anjelika heels
Nicholas Kirkwood metallic leather and suede pumps 
Salvatore Ferragamo flats (vanillapale blue and turquoise are also on sale) 
Gianvito Rossi glittered leopard-print pumps 
Brian Atwood platform pumps

2013 spring Designer sale top picks: IRODeven leather-trimmed metallic tweed jacket,  Theory Aija Wrap Front Silk Top,  Perforated leather mini skirt ,

From left:
IRO leather-trimmed metallic tweed jacket
Theory Aija wrap front silk top (great casual version here)
Perforated leather mini skirt 

2013 spring Designer sale top picks: JBrand Slouchy Boy Jeans,  Burberry Embellished mid-length cotton-twill trench coat,  Hunter Bell fashion Star Midi orange cut out Dress,

From left: 
Hunter Bell Fashion Star midi dress
J Brand slouchy boy jeans
Burberry trench coat (another classic style also on sale here)