Let’s set the the scene for a second: You’re walking down the street (maybe picking up a coffee, maybe walking into a cute boutique) just minding your own business, and suddenly, it happens. A total stranger stops what they’re doing to come over and compliment you on something you’re wearing. And it’s pretty much *the best feeling ever.* In fact, it might even make your whole day and leave you feeling like a total street style star. We surveyed a few of our favorite bloggers about the pieces they get the most compliments on, and we couldn’t help but notice a pattern. Many of them came back with a similar answer: a drapey trench coat or vest. It’s not so surprising — after all, a lightweight topper is a no-brainer for tricky fall weather, and adds instant chic to any outfit. Get the scoop from the bloggers themselves and scope some of our favorite options too.

Grace Atwood of The Stripe

“My most complimented piece (far and away) is this convertible trench by Malene Birger. I bought it at Hampden Clothing in Charleston. While it was a big splurge, the color and cut are absolutely perfect, and it is one of those statement pieces that I constantly get asked about. As an added bonus, you can separate it, wearing it as a cropped jacket or a longer vest. I really hope they bring it back this year; I would die for it in black or khaki. It goes with everything I own and makes me feel great.”

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ASOS Maxi Trench With Oversized Storm Flap ($121): While this isn’t an exact match for Grace’s stunner of a jacket, it’s definitely a chic alternative. The storm flap adds both form and function, and the statement-making trench silhouette is a perfect fit for your fall uniform of jeans and a button-down.

Kathleen Barnes of Carrie Bradshaw Lied

“I get so many compliments on this military duster vest, which is a Who What Wear x Target piece from last year’s collection. It seriously goes with everything, and I love pairing it with shorts and mini dresses or a skirt for a visual contrast. I think people love its versatility. Once you try it, you realize it’s an essential you didn’t know you needed!”

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Who What Wear x Target Sleeve Trench Vest ($50): Who What Wear updated this signature piece this season by removing the pockets and trying a new sueded texture, but you can style it in all the same ways as Kathleen. The olive green hue and flowy silhouette will look just as good over end-of-summer shorts and modest midi skirts as it does over sleek trousers.

Lee Anne Benjamin of Life by Lee

“I am loving draped vests right now. They are so versatile and are perfect in the fall and winter. This specific draped vest is incredibly comfy and soft. Honestly, I love anything from Splendid. The quality on all of their items is so high, and the pieces last forever.”

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Splendid Open Front Vest ($228): As Lee Anne proclaimed in her Insta post (and we can’t help but agree), this drapey vest is what dreams are made of. This dual-texture look is beyond eye-catching and adds a cozy yet chic element that’s oh-so perfect for fall and winter. We’re having visions of layering this with turtleneck sweaters as the winter temperatures creep up.

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