Last spring, after discovering how wonderful Bravissimo’s clothing fit me on a trip to London, I placed a big order. In this order was my navy trench coat. I almost didn’t keep the trench because it is expensive – $200.

I ended up keeping it after thinking about it for a few days and now I love it. I have had several compliments about how well tailored it is and I enjoy putting on a coat that actually fits me. It is holding up well, although the buttons will need to be reattached soon (I don’t think I have ever owned a coat that I didn’t end up re-attaching the buttons more securely).

On the downside because of the princess seams the trench needs to be buttoned or it looks strange. The belt is a little short given that most trench belts are worn knotted and not with the buckle. It’s now getting too cold to only wear this trench but I’m planning to layer it over my Uniqlo puffer jacket for the time being.

I have found a trench coat to be a great style for larger busted women since the belt cinches the waist in. Before buying my new trench coat this year, I had a black Calvin Klein trench purchased for around $70 at TJ Maxx for seven years. The photo below is not a great one of me – but you can see my old trench clearly!

I would definitely recommend a trench coat as a wardrobe essential. Do any of you love trench coats?