i have always believed that style is personal, so i rarely dish out fashion advice. but the recent sounds of birds chirping in the early morning hours signal to me the official coming of spring. i realize this may be delusional since the weather here can turn on a dime, but as discussed in previous posts, i am choosing to be hopeful and leaving the doomsday predictions to the doppler radar.
so what is my sage advice to you now that spring has nearly sprung?
if you don’t already have one, go out or hop online and get yourself a trench.
i remember when i was younger and trenchcoats were synonymous with london fog. khaki. conservative. utilitarian. and wholly unglamorous. the perfect pairing to the blue suits and briefcases of lawyers and accountants around the world.
enter burberry…and everything changed. with kate moss as its poster girl and its signature plaid trim, the fashion house catapulted this outerwear workhorse onto the list of coveted luxe pieces. in the ultimate homage, burberry created “art of the trench, a living celebration of the burberry trench coat and the people who wear it.” click around and immerse yourself in these inspiring images uploaded by burb-wearers around the world. the fabulous thing is that everyone wears them differently. no two trenches are alike once personal histories (and fabulous accessories) enter the mix.
whether you’re a guy or a gal, there is no more essential piece for your wardrobe. and today, the options are endless. classically tailored. structured and military. more shades of taupe and ecru than a room and board catalog. black buttons. gold buttons. big belt. no belt.
even the old stalwart, london fog, has come around, featuring buxom “mad men” vixen christina hendricks in its latest ad campaign to make its trench more titillating.
today, trenches are, in a word, fierce. you can straddle the line between smart and sexy. stylish and sophisticated. and most importantly, lest you think i’m sacrificing form for function, you can stay dry when that cheap umbrella you bought at walgreens flips inside out and folds like a house of cards when the next windy monsoon hits.