I'm always on the hunt for functional coats that don't make me look like a miserable puff ball, especially when it comes to in-between jackets that I can wear before the temperatures dip to the point of no return. Thankfully, this Lark & Ro trench coat has got my back.
Things I love about it?
1. The little pop of gingham near the collar (and sleeves if I decide to cuff them).
2. Being able to subtly change up the style by leaving the buttons open or closed — plus the inner coat is shorter, so it's perfect for showing off, say, my favorite pair of lacy shorts.
3. The removable hood; for the most part I wear separate beanies, but it's a nice backup in case I forget.
4. The belt to give the whole thing some shape (remember how I hate looking like a puff ball?).
It worked wonderfully for the colder parts of fall and the milder parts of winter in NYC, and I'll definitely be breaking it out for spring as soon as the temps hit 45 again. It feels a tad more sharp and dimensional than my other jackets, and there's still plenty of room underneath for layering without looking clumsy and bulky. —Sarah Han
Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in size M in navy and black, and in sizes 1X–3X in stone and black).