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A Trench Coat Is The Only Coat That Makes Sense

If your wallet (and wardrobe) only allows you to get one coat this chilly season, get a trench coat. It is basically the LBD of coats!
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Nearly half a year ago, we went on and on about how oversized trench coats were the shiz. Everyone from Balenciaga to Calvin Klein to Jil Sander were down for it. (They still continue to be down for it.) The truth is – trench coats have always been the shiz. Simply put, the trench coat is the LBD of coats. Allow us to explain.

You know that final scene in Breakfast At Tiffany’s where Holly Golightly (a.k.a Audrey Hepburn) runs out of the cab to look for her cat in the rain? That scene is memorable for two reasons – because it was the moment where Holly finally let love in, and because she looked so damn chic all wrapped up in a trench coat even though she was soaked to the bone. Then there’s Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo and Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer. Decades ago but still so relevant. Why? Because trench coat. Balenciaga continues to make trench coats of the awkwardly-proportioned variety and so does Marni, Gucci and Sacai. Burberry’s been dishing classic trench coats for years now.

In a way, while the trench coat has been reinvented, the original still endures. On the streets, trench coats – both old and reinvented – have been styled with silk slips, graphic tees and jeans, jackets and tracksuits. And that’s just the tip of the massive trench-clothed iceberg. It really is a case of anything goes. Classic yet modern, feminine and masculine, casual but with the potential to be dressy, cosy when you need it to be – it totally makes sense.

Because you really need just one to have and to hold for a good many years, it is best to go for the classic, but with a slight twist for that extra oomph. Oversized is good, not solely because of the whole Balenciaga/Vetements situation, but also because it allows layering. Colours like olive, beige, camel and brown are ideal for versatility and for that extra vintage Casablanca touch. Details like a buckled belt and buckled sleeve cuffs give you room to modify the coat.

If you’re only allowing yourself to get one coat this chilly season, we vote for the trench coat. We’ve even done the filtering for you above, interspersed with super fly styling options just in case you’re dry on outfit ideas. Tell us – what is your ideal trench coat and what is your favourite way to style it? TELL US.

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