Essential Fall Item: The Trench Dress – A Little Leopard
Essential Fall Item: The Trench Dress – A Little Leopard

Essential Fall Item: The Trench Dress – A Little Leopard

Sometimes, you walk into a store and there it is – the item. Jacket, purse, shoes, whatever, you need it. You just know.

That was…not actually the case with this trench dress. This was a slow burn. I wandered into Banana Republic, saw it, felt the material, but thought to myself , “Hmm, this may not even look that good when I try it on…and it’s $130.”

Then I came back, and the dress was still there – with 40%, plus an additional 35% off if you used your Banana Card. I have a Banana Card (of course I have a Banana Card). I tried it on. The sales guy and I chatted about how Marissa Webb wore and styled it and designed a more expensive version for her own namesake collection. I realized there are at least three ways to wear this dress. Sure, the title of this post might be “Essential Fall Item,” but I see no reason this lovely little piece can’t work year-round. I was sold. I needed it. And so (after some shenanigans that involved calling and ordering from a Banana Republic store in Pennsylvania), I got it.

Anyway… did I mention there are at least three ways to wear this baby? Because there are, as evidenced by this promotional image:

That’s why I’m convinced the trench dress is a truly all-season piece. It works as a dress, a light duster jacket and a layering item. I stole my styling from Banana Republic Creative Director Marissa Webb, who paired hers with leather pants for the Banana Republic F/W 2015 NYFW presentation:

(Can we also just appreciate these fab leather front leggings I got from Banana Republic on super-duper sale this summer? K great.)

I’ve gone the jacket-styling route too, and can’t wait to continue to play with the options. I’m thinking maybe a black turtleneck underneath for some chic utilitarian, vaguely militaristic-slash-beatnik vibes?

Dress: Banana Republic // Leather-front leggings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) // Shoes: Target (old, similar here and here) // Bag: Zara (old, similar here) // Necklaces: H&M, BaubleBar // Lips: MAC “Diva”

If this lovely little item is still available in your size, please run, don’t walk, to your nearest Banana Republic store and snatch it up. Limited sizes are available online (and mine was sold out in the Greater Midwest Region) but this dress is so worth a bit of a search. Trust.

If you’re not willing to do the legwork, though (understandable!), here are some similar options that would probably also do closet triple-duty:

What’s on your fall must-wear list? I’m always looking for new pieces to justify purchasing!

Images: Margaux Pepper, Banana Republic, Huffington Post