The trench coat has long been a wardrobe staple – even today. I usually think of the detective Dick Tracy, always clad in his beige one. For a long time, the trench came in very basic colours, like navy blue and beige. The traditional trench always had epaulets, slanted slit pockets and was double breasted with a belt. The name brand that we associate with this coat is Burberry, and we all recognize the familiar plaid lining. This brand is beautifully structured, but also quite expensive.
Evidence that fashion is less rigid and more versatile today is seen in the numerous colours and styles available. H & M will often carry affordable, colourful trench coats that come in varying styles – unlike the traditional Burberry – but still look like a trench coat. A few years ago at Kenneth Cole, I bought a gorgeous white one with silver buttons and no epaulets. Although it still looked like a trench, it was less busy and suited my small frame.
Some of the better quality trench coats come with a warm zip-out lining, making them more functional for our four seasons.
Everyone can wear a trench coat. Be sure you choose a colour that harmonizes with your complexion, and be particular about the fit. Because the traditional style is so busy, ensure that it fits properly, especially in the shoulders. If the sleeves are too long, have them shortened before you wear it.
Just like any article of clothing, the trench coat can look great on anyone, as long as the colour, style, and fit work with your complexion and body.
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