Yesterday I posted my Valentine's Day outfit with my Anthro red corset trench (#1), which I wore to work and to volunteer at DD's school:

Well, I just found out that someone I know online bought the same exact red corset trench after I posted about it when I bought it a little over two years ago, but it's been sitting in her closet this whole time because she isn't sure it's her color and didn't know how to style it. She just takes it out and looks at it once in a while and hasn't worked up the courage to wear it yet and is thinking of purging it. What?! Sacrilege!! This fabulous coat needs to be liberated from languishing in her closet, so I have made it my mission to rescue her orphan!

It's probably one of my most versatile coats, and is always a compliment magnet every time I wear it! Just goes to show the power of a statement piece that can elevate any basic outfit. Case in point: #3. Very basic casual outfit--T shirt, torn jeans and sneakers. Perfectly appropriate for MOTG kid-chasing, though maybe not the most exciting. But add the red corset trench (4-5) and pow--instant glamour! Most people would be happy to stop there (the red color and the corset back are plenty attention-getting), but my love of quirky ALGO compels me to add my usual matchy matchy, OTT details like the red spec necklace, typewriter purse, and polka dot bracelet and iPhone cover to match the typewriter keys (6-8). Maybe TMGO for some, but it's fun and so me! Perfect for swimming lessions and a day at the zoo with the family (including my sister and niece who are visiting). And then the trench transitions right into evening for a date night with DH--I had only 5-10 minutes after we got home to nurse DS2 and change into the floral dress and red pumps and then DH and I were off to dinner! And back just in time to put the kids to bed (14)!

So there you have it, red corset trench twinnie, you know who you shortage of styling options--take that lovely coat out for a long overdue spin and get ready for the compliments to roll in! And if anyone else has a statement piece hiding in their closet that you think is too fancy for MOTG or you have no occasion to wear it or whatever, I challenge you to de-orphan it, now!

Anthro Elevenses red corset trench with
1-2. Tory Burch hearts dress
Red bow belt
Chanel--Ms. Scarlet
Katie & Kelley red patent pumps (DSW)

3-10. H&M navy and white striped T shirt
Vigoss destroyed skinny jeans
Red Converse sneakers
Kate Spade All Typed Up Clyde typewriter purse
Kate Spade navy and white polka dot bracelet
Kate Spade red specs necklace
Kate Spade polka dot iPhone cover

11-14. ASOS red roses dress
Red bow belt
Chanel--Ms. Scarlet
Katie & Kelley red patent pumps (DSW)
Kate Spade butterfly necklace

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