Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - STYLE NOTEBOOK -

There’s a lot of talk about spring coats around this time of year. Two things give us pause: a) Most come with cropped, bracelet-length sleeves that look nice, but are im­prac­ti­cal for change­able weather like ours; and b) there are lots of things, such as a new pair of san­dals, that we’d pre­fer to buy at this time of year. But there is some­thing to be said for an outer layer for those oc­ca­sions when a win­ter coat is too heavy, but a blazer seems not enough. A trench is per­fect — it won’t date af­ter one sea­son, so we’re happy to spend a bit on it. Most high-street ver­sions tend to ei­ther add bells and whis­tles or scrimp on the length — stay clas­sic, at just above the knee. We love this sim­ple stone-coloured ver­sion from Topshop, above, €102. It’s avail­able in pink, too, al­though again, keep it clas­sic — in this case, stick with beige.

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