28 Days of Classy and Fabulous Things: Day 16 – The Trench

16/02/2011 § Leave a comment

**QC’s 28 Days**
In February I will be bringing you daily tips
to cultivate more classiness and fabulousness in daily life!
Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

Day 16: The Trench
I don’t believe there are many articles of clothing required for a classy and fabulous life, but an obvious exception would be the iconic trench coat.  Notice how its name alone calls to mind many a cinematic tableau of the elegant (see above: Catherine Deneuve in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg).  My trench coats are lovely wardrobe workhorses.  They receive good use in spring, summer and autumn since I moved to New York — and in Los Angeles they worked all year.  (Say what you will about the City of Angels, you simply cannot beat the weather!)  I have found they pack remarkably well and will fit easily into your carry-on as you jet off somewhere.

When selecting a trench to welcome to your collection, your first coat should be as classic as possible.  You’ll find that designers have reinterpreted this darling coat in a million fun ways – bright colors, fabulous fabrics, removed/added details, etc.  If you do not already have a trench in your closet, look for all of the conventional bells and whistles: the gun flap, the belt, the epaulets, the straps at the cuffs, the metal closure hooks at the neck.  Embrace the iconic design for this first foray into the world of the trench.  Purchase a coat that you can securely assume you will be able wear in ten years, and then maybe pass on to your own classy and fabulous daughter in twenty years.  On repeat trips, look for something fun.

Whilst we save our pennies for the classic Burberry trench of our dreams, don’t fret!  Rest assured there are an abundance of options available at every price point.  Perhaps select something sensible for now that you can upgrade at a later date?

London Fog Double Breasted Coat
Only $99.  Scoop it here.

Image via Macy’s

Banana Republic Classic Trench
$198. Scoop it here.

Image via Banana Republic

MaxMara Fevore Trench
$745.  Scoop it here.

Image via Matches

Burberry Long Double Breasted Trench Coat
$1295.  Scoop it here.

Image via Burberry

Earlier: Quite Continental’s 28 Days of Classy and Fabulous Things

Quite Continental Wants: Burberry Leather-buckle Cotton Trench

28/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Now, perhaps I should re-title this, and replace the “Wants” with “Fantasizes About,” because unlike the last few items I posted about, this trench has a good chance of never gracing my wardrobe simply because it might be a bridge too far for my charge card to cross. Might. So let us just set aside the troublesome price and focus on the simplified beauty of this classic coat.

My current trench is bone-colored and has all of the bells and whistles — the epaulets, the metal closures at the neck, etc. — and I adore it.  It’s traveled with me all over.  It’s provenance is Banana Republic, which hilariously tends to flabbergast the ladies who lunch in TriBeCa when they ask me where I’ve gotten it from.  I picked it up, on sale, in the middle of summer on a trip home to Los Angeles.  (Sidenote: Los Angeles is a great place to pick up winter items or raincoats on sale)  I love my trench coat because it will always be an enduring classic.  It will never need tailoring, will never look dated, and will be with me for years — as long as I treat it right.

I love this Burberry coat because it is a gorgeously pared-down interpretation of their classic trench.  Most of the extraneous details are removed and you are able to concentrate on the beauty of the basic shape of the coat, with it’s nipped-in waist, streamlined sleeves and no belt to fuss with.  But — but! — the rugged detail of the leather straps and buckles at the neck?  J’adore!

Available at Net-A-Porter.

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