They never fail to suck me right in…those wardrobe “must have” lists and articles. And while I’ve found that they might be helpful overall for building a capsule wardrobe, there are always a few items on every list that are “n/a” (not applicable) for me; either they don’t work for my body, my style or my life. Perhaps you’ve had the same experience. I thought it might be fun over the next few weeks to take a few of these and explore alternatives.
Part 2 – The Trench Coat
There’s no denying that a trench coat is a classic for a reason. It’s a great transitional season piece, the cut and shape are timeless, and you can throw it over anything and look casually elegant. And if you live in a wet climate, a waterproof version may be the only raincoat you need.
I’ve been searching for the Mr. Right of trench coats for decades now. The look has always appealed to me, yet I’m beginning to resign myself to the fact that like a few other “must-have” items, the iconic version is never going to work. Double-breasted styling, too much detail for my frame, and of course the belt may be too many style challenges to overcome. I’ve tried low-end and high-end, structured and soft, but now am looking for variations with a similar classic look (and that will also be water-resistant).
If you’ve also found this style challenging and are looking for alternatives, think about what you want to achieve. Is timeless style your goal? Water-resistance? Warmth? Is the rest of your wardrobe classic, casual, creative, or eclectic? What length works best for you? Do you want the classic khaki color, or something lighter or darker?
If belting is a non-starter, look for styles labeled as “A-line” or “mac,” or an open front style if you don’t need to fasten for warmth. Or perhaps a single-breasted as opposed to double-breasted trench style is just the tweak needed to make it work.
Are you a die-hard trench coat wearer? Or have you found your own “alternative classic” version?
A few options to consider…
Affiliate links in this post may generate commissions for unefemme.net. See complete disclosure policy here.