House Hunting: What I Wore

House Hunting: What I Wore

When millennial pink exploded on the scene I wasn’t overly interested. My style goals have always included looking elegant and sophisticated which pink seemed the antithesis of. The older I got the less important it felt to look sophisticated but I still wanted to look elegant. I shared my complicated history with pink here, and how to choose your most flattering pink here.

Over the last few years I’ve slowly added more pink to my wardrobe and this year I’ve gone all in with this trench coat. I tried it on during a dressing room diaries at Talbots and fell hard. I knew I liked it but after your reaction, I looked at my images closer and decided I had to own it.

Style Tip – Begin taking selfies of your outfits to get a different perspective of how things look on you.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Talbots Modern Trench over black turtleneck, black jeans and black booties.

Our weekends are all about visiting open houses these days so I took this trench out for its inaugural wearing on Saturday. Can I just say, I love it! Color does have the power to transform gloomy days and our’s was certainly that. It went from dark and ominous to cerulean skies with puffy clouds to torrential downpours. No matter the skies, I felt cheerful and happy wearing this coat.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing NYDJ Marilyn jeans in black with Talbots Modern Trench coat in pink

I wore it over a thin cotton turtleneck, NYDJ straight jeans, and cozy booties. I find wool and cashmere turtlenecks too warm for me these days but lightweight cotton is perfect. These jeans have a full 10″ rise which hides/prevents muffin top. If I ever hear rises are going back down this will be the brand I stock up on. I’ve been wearing NYDJ for years because their lift-tuck technology gives great tummy control, they wash beautifully and are available in tons of leg options.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a column of black underTalbots Modern Trench coat in pink

Simple hoop earrings, black booties, and a sparkly necklace completed my look. I bought these hoops at Nordstrom many years ago and wear them constantly. I found a pair here on sale at QVC. Heels have become increasingly uncomfortable so I’m not sure why these aren’t. I can only assume it’s the construction. My Eileen Fisher shoes and boots are among the most comfortable I own.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Talbots modern trench in pink

I’ve become more flexible with my style as I age. I enjoy experimenting and am finding more joy in fashion. This pink may not look sophisticated but it sure is flattering and fun to wear. The older I get, the more I use flattering and fun as a yardstick to measure which garments to wear.

How about you?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. February 20, 2019 / 4:16 am

    This pink trench coat looks so pretty on you. It is an excellent shade of pink for you.

  2. February 20, 2019 / 4:16 am

    Love the Pink Coat, you look fresh and Spriing like. Cheers to Canadian Spring Soon?

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      I hope it arrives for you soon Sue

  3. Barbara Daley
    February 20, 2019 / 4:25 am

    Love this on you. It’s a happy look

  4. Patti Shannon
    February 20, 2019 / 4:31 am

    I definitely like this look

  5. Carole huet
    February 20, 2019 / 4:37 am

    Great coat….I think I will get a small pink bag this spring, I have the larger one

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      That will be a fun piece

  6. February 20, 2019 / 4:49 am

    I was eyeing your pink trench coat on my visit to Talbots last week. I’m so happy that you bought it! It’s an amazing coat and the color is perfect on you.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much Rosemary

  7. Cindy
    February 20, 2019 / 5:05 am

    The pink coat is fabulous!

  8. February 20, 2019 / 5:36 am

    This coat is so perfect for you! I am so glad you bought it! Great choice!

  9. Vera
    February 20, 2019 / 5:43 am

    The pink trench coat looks great on you!

  10. Beverly Glotzbach
    February 20, 2019 / 5:51 am

    Happy color! Hope your house hunting is happy as well! Best of luck to you and hope you find a place that feels like home soon!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      I shouldn’t be surprised but I really miss having a home. Thanks Beverly.

  11. Lori
    February 20, 2019 / 5:52 am

    I agree with you that style to me is all about what is flattering and fun to wear!

  12. Lynda
    February 20, 2019 / 5:56 am

    Love the pink trench. Looks great! I have always loved pink and black together.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:35 pm

      It’s a favorite color combo for me

  13. Lynn
    February 20, 2019 / 5:57 am

    I think the pink coat on you is the prettiest I have ever seen you look. And the happiness factor appears high as well.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      My goodness, that’s the nicest compliment. Thank you Lynn

  14. Mj
    February 20, 2019 / 6:12 am

    I bought a brighter, denser hued pink rain jacket by Michael Kors to replace a rather tired silver trench. I think a lot of women are drawn to pinks but don’t confidently indulge. It can be such a flattering and refreshing color.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      I find myself attracted to all pinks these days. I agree many women shy away from it. I’m going to explore it further and share here. Your pink sounds wonderful.

  15. Jill
    February 20, 2019 / 6:49 am

    Love this look and the way the necklace adds to your over all elegance. Good luck with your house hunting. How is Lucy doing?

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:43 pm

      Lucy is slowing down at 14, but still bolts after the rabbits in our yard like a rocket ship. She’s such a sweet girl. Thanks for asking.

  16. Joanna
    February 20, 2019 / 7:02 am

    I’m so glad you went back for it. It is such a flattering, fun colour. Regardless of the rain and the chore of house hunting, you still have a big smile on your face.
    I love NYDJ too! I found you need to size down. You?

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      Yes, I do size down in NYDJ. They fits best when I do.

  17. February 20, 2019 / 7:04 am

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE it!!! When I was looking at these I was thinking how so many colors just look so good over a black column, but that coat is going to be a workhorse. I predict you wear it soooo much. Beautiful!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! I am wearing it a ton. It goes over everything!

  18. February 20, 2019 / 7:05 am

    This is one of the best colors on you. You look fabulous! And your glasses go perfectly! A breath of spring in February.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you Marian. My daughter ordered these sunglasses last summer and left them for me. She has the best taste ever.

  19. February 20, 2019 / 7:44 am

    Gorgeous! I love pink and this trench is just perfect! You look fabulous and yes color really can brighten up a cloudy day. – Amy

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Amy. It does lift my spirits ever time I wear it.

  20. February 20, 2019 / 7:48 am

    The pink trench looks so good. Love it with the turtle neck and hoops. Good luck on the house hunt. Very interested to see and hear what you are seeing.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you Linda. I will start sharing what house hunting is like these days. It’s rather tortuous but I want a home, so we carry on.

  21. Laurel
    February 20, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Love that coat and REALLY love those glasses. You look wonderful. Good luck with the house hunt!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Laurel.

  22. Catherine
    February 20, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Looking at the gorgeous trench makes me sad to think of the basic black one hanging in my closet waiting for spring to arrive. Would it be so wrong to own two, I ask myself. I love pink and this shade suits you to a T! As for the boots. I have started giving up heals but I have a couple pairs that have the internal structure my feet need and I can wear them with no problems. It is amazing what a well made pair of shoes can do! Thanks for all your work here and good luck house hunting.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement Catherine. I’m donating uncomfortable footwear these days too. Life’s too short to be uncomfortable. FYI- I have worn the same black trench coat for 25+ years. This pink one is the breath of spring my wardrobe and spirits need. So no. It wouldn’t be wrong to consider adding one that really rings your bell.

  23. Kathleen O'Brien
    February 20, 2019 / 8:31 am

    I think you look sophisticated and fun in this coat. It’s really flattering and a great color. Good luck on the house finding!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks Kathleen

  24. February 20, 2019 / 8:39 am

    Love this coat and it is a ray of sunshine. How did the HH go? I’m also HH in Denver and have days that I get a bit discouraged. Good Luck & bring on the Spring.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      HH did not go well. You know how tough it is. We keep hoping the perfect or almost perfect house will come on the market that’s within our price range. It is often discouraging. Good luck Lesley.

  25. Lily
    February 20, 2019 / 9:28 am

    I read your links to previous “pink” posts and I have to say I agree with everything you wrote. Drives me crazy when someone says I can’t wear_. Who says? Maybe she was wrong? It’s just fashion! Try things on. Preferably in a full length mirror. Pink, for instance comes in pink-y beige, pastel pink, rose, raspberry, hot pink, coral, salmon… Pick clothes because you love them, not because they fit some “rule” and you will wear them with style. I love you in that coat!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      Yes, yes, yes! You’re absolutely right and said it perfectly Lily. We’ve got to wear what we love, that makes us feel happy. Or at the very least, good. Rules are best seen as guidelines.

  26. Judy
    February 20, 2019 / 10:52 am

    You look terrific in that color, Jennifer! Could you tell me what sort of pink this is, in real life? On your blog it looks like a cool, clear pink with no warm tone. At the Talbots website, however, it appears extremely warm. Only the coolest of colors work for me, so I just had to ask.

    I never miss your blog posts!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 11:35 am

      Thank you! It’s cooler than it looks on the Talbots website but not frosty. Medium blush pink describes it best.

  27. Kay
    February 20, 2019 / 11:23 am

    You look wonderful in pink.

  28. February 20, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    You look so pretty and so happy today too! Love your pink trench and for house hunting….you look smashing! Enjoy the search! Hope you find your next “home”!
    I think you will……

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Paulette!

  29. Janet
    February 20, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Pretty + practical = perfect! You look great!

  30. Janet408
    February 20, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    You look fabulous in this pink trench — and all the cool pastel colors you wear to complement your fair complexion. I have a pale, warm complexion, with blue eyes and dark hair, so bought this Talbots coat, in the golden color. I love it!

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2019 / 9:16 pm

      That sounds wonderful for your coloring Janet. I really adore the quality of this trench. We will wear them for years!

  31. Shirley
    February 20, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    Love this pink coat, seen it at Talbots but wondered if the colour was too young for me, seeing it on you has changed my mind. It looks great but, I thought it might be a little snug around the bust area. This is not meant to be hurtful, it is just an observation.

    • Jennifer
      February 21, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      I think it must be an optical illusion, unpressed out wrinkles, or how I’m standing. I went up a full size from what I showed on DRD and this fits really well.

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