Spring weather is always crazy in California — we go from hot to cold back to hot and back to cold pretty much every other day. But even on those cold mornings, it has warmed up by the afternoon that all you need is a lightweight jacket. I’ve been hunting for a good classic trench for ages since it’s the perfect kind of California winter and spring jacket, and after buying, trying and returning a bunch, I finally found this one by Ralph Lauren. The color is just the right light shade of khaki (I tried some that were dark tan that I hated), it’s a perfect right-above-the-knee length, and it fits like a dream (I’m wearing an XS). I tied the belt in the back since I couldn’t tie it around my pregnant belly anyway, but I’m excited to wear it post-maternity all belted up. 
The thing about buying classic pieces that will last you for years is that you have to weed through a ton of options and try on a bunch of options before you find the one. Especially if you’re investing in one, you want to spend your money on one that you really, really love. Obviously as a busy mom I don’t have time to go to store after store, so that’s why I love shopping at A few clicks and you can narrow your search to tan trenches and see all the different brands they have (which is a lot).  I bought a bunch, they came within a day, and then I could try them on at home, and then return the ones that didn’t work with their free shipping. Basically the best an easiest system ever, and now I have the perfect trench I can wear forever
Also, can we talk about these heels for a second? Because I just might wear them everyday for the rest of my life, they’re so gorgeous. 

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