Fall Staples: Distressed Jeans, Burberry-alike trenchcoat & Leopard heels

There are some fall staples that have been on my wishlist for a while: A classic trenchcoat, the perfect pair of distressed jeans and leopard print heels.

Burberry inspired Trench coat
BR Trench Coat, GAP distressed jeans, Target Heels, LV bag, MAC lip pencil in Redd

Let’s start with the jeans – it seems like I’ve been searching for the perfect distressed pair forever. I’ve tried and decided against MANY styles – some were too baggy, others were too raggedy or came in an unflattering light wash. This pair was ordered on impulse from GAP during their 30% off promo – I was SO excited to find that they fit perfectly and were distressed enough without looking ready for the trash can. (My order form has them listed as: 1969 Destructed Real Straight Jeans, however the current ones on the website look slightly different from mine. With the sale + promo I paid around $35).

Merona Melanie Leopard Pump

These leopard pumps are one of the reasons I’m SO happy Target is now in Canada. They are so comfortable and chic – yet they cost less than $30 – what a bargain for such a classic item!

Quick pic showing 2 ways of wearing the trench: buttoned up and with the lapels open.I’m not as certain about this trench coat as I am about the jeans and pumps. Perhaps because it is a pricier piece (though I purchased mine when BR had a 40% promo code). The color seems prettier in the website picture than in person. Also – while the flare reminds me of Kate Middleton’s Burberry trench, it makes the coat more trendy than classic.

Burberry inspired Trench coat

What are your fall staples? Do you think I should keep the Banana Republic Trench?


  1. freebird
    September 19, 2013 / 3:56 am

    Yes keep the trench! I think this is a gorgeous ensemble. I love the jeans too…I will definitely check out the gap as I have been looking for the perfect pair of distressed denim for a looong time. Love love love everything about this!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:15 am

      Thanks Freebird! Definitely check out the GAP – I had tried their jeans years ago and was convinced they didn't suit my body type – but the Real Straight range has changed my mind!

  2. Schnelle
    September 19, 2013 / 5:48 am

    Great finds- those distressed jeans are perfect. I tell myself every year that I'm going to invest in a good timeless trench but never do; probably because it goes from scorching hot to freezing cold in no time. Keep the trench- the flare makes it more feminine than trendy and it's so slight anyway. It's still a classic.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:16 am

      Thanks Schnelle – I'd been looking for a classic trench for ages – I know BR makes the best "mid-range" trench coats, so I had been keeping an eye on their site for a while now 😉

  3. Mary-Irene
    September 19, 2013 / 9:59 am

    I would keep the trench. Know what you mean about the flare at the bottom, but it's very slight and not trendy. Still very classic! I got one a few years ago at H&M and love it. A great trench will make any outfit feel pulled together.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:18 am

      I love H&M coats – I recently tried on a trench coat there – the fabric was lovely and the fit was perfect. Thanks for reassuring me that my trench is more classic than trendy – it helps hearing other opinions 😉

  4. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    September 19, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    You are such a beauty! Honestly…Love your trench. Keep it – you will wear it for YEARS to come!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:19 am

      Awww – you're so sweet to say that, ms supermodel Skylette 😉 Thanks to all the input I'm getting, I'm pretty sure I will keep it after all!

  5. Hannah Ruth
    September 19, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    I love your trenchcoat. Such a useful classic item. And I love all the new clothes worn together. Now I want some animal print heels! x

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:19 am

      Oh yes – animal print heels are a must-have…especially at Target prices!

  6. Beautygirl24
    September 19, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    Yes keep the trench! It's amazing! I love this look from head to toe. Chic, classic, and so polished. Right up my alley! I'm in the market for a pair of distressed skinny jeans too so I might try Gap! I also want a pair of boyfriend jeans. I think Loft makes a pair for petites so that's probably my next buy 🙂 This Fall, I'm all about looking polished. I guess that's how I always want to dress though. Oh and I'm all about finding a wine colored bag, that's also on my wishlist!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 20, 2013 / 2:22 am

      Can't wait to see what wine colored bag you pick out – I always adore your bag picks!I was looking for boyfriend & distressed jeans in one, but I gave up because the bagginess of the BF jeans made me look bottom heavy LOL! So I just went for distressed…but let me know if you find a good pair of BF jeans – I love how they contrast with heels and a dressed up top.And you ALWAYS look polished – it's your trademark!

  7. New Look Style
    September 20, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    So nice look!Great coat :)http://newlookstyleblog.blogspot.com/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 21, 2013 / 2:41 am


  8. Claud
    September 20, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    Hi Ella,I came across your post while looking for reviews about the BR flared trench coat. I just bought it, same color as yours. Still debating if I should go with the black? I love it on you, very classic looking and chic (with the flared).

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 21, 2013 / 2:43 am

      Thanks Claud – I preferred this color over the black because it seemed more classic. But if you think you'd get more use out of the black (especially with evening wear) then I'd go with the black. I'd love to hear what you think of your BR coat!

  9. Erica
    September 21, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Love the look you put together. I LOVE Kate Middleton so that coat is just awesome!! Pretty detail at the bottom! I only keep items if I am in love and I know I'll get a lot of use out them – especially pricy BR pieces :)But you look beautiful!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 21, 2013 / 2:46 am

      Thanks Erica – it's quite a dilemna…on one hand, this is the best-fitting/best-quality trench coat I've tried on…but I think I'd prefer one with a straight-cut in a warmer color. And I don't want to accumulate a large collection of trench coats either LOL! But so far, I'm leaning towards keeping it…soon it'll be cold and I'll need to start wearing it.

  10. luciee
    October 16, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    your hair looks gorgeous! do you mind my asking if you used a curling iron, or a damp-hair-in-bun method?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 16, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Thanks! I used Caruso steam curlers (hot rollers). I wrote a post on them a long while ago – am typing on my phone now but will try add in the link later.

  11. funkymacgirl
    October 30, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    I purchased the same coat from babna republic..what size did u get?.. Mine fit huge, I probably should have bought a medium, I had to return it.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 30, 2013 / 4:43 pm

      I got it in XS – it fit well around the shoulders.

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