For the next three days I am going to share with you my top three picks for Texas Tax-Free Weekend, which is coming up this weekend on August 5-7th.
My first pick for Tax-Free Weekend is a classic trench coat. The trench coat is a wardrobe staple that has stood the test of time, keeping men and women alike looking chic even in cold/rainy weather. Many mid-range stores have stylish trench coats for under $100 — which makes them an ideal wardrobe investment purchase for Tax-Free Weekend.
Three things to look for in a new trench coat:
Make sure our new trench coat fits you well. The coat’s shoulder seams should rest perfectly on the edge of your shoulder. The coat should button comfortably without pulling across your chest. Remember that you need to account for the possibility that you will be wearing heavier fall/winter clothing underneath. Your coat should be loose enough to accommodate a sweater without making your arms stand out like a little kid’s in a snowsuit.
Khaki is the traditional color for a trench coat, and it’s a good one, but it’s no longer your only option. Consider a fresh approach by passing on the traditional khaki and choosing an interesting color, or pattern. My trench, a black and white windowpane pattern, was a gift from my mother. It’s crisp and chic, and keeps my wardrobe from looking dreary on rainy days. I have actually had a stranger stop me and say, “Now, that is the way to dress on a day like today [cold and rainy]!” (My mother has impeccable taste.) The pattern and color also work with the rest of my wardrobe — which is something you need to keep in mind when choosing a non-traditional color, or print.
Trench coats come in three lengths: mid-length (hits mid-thigh), three-quarter length (hits mid-knee), and full length (hits between your knee and ankle like a middy skirt). A tailor can easily shorten the length of most trench coats. Don’t let a hem that is too long keep you from a practically perfect trench, but don’t be lazy about getting it hemmed, either. If you buy a trench that needs hemming, take it to your tailor right away.
Check back tomorrow for pick #2 in my Tax-Free Weekend list.