Tim has impeccable taste, and I would never disagree with his fine judgement. But not all his pieces are really essential for all women in all situations.
For example, today's subject: the classic trench coat. Not just Tim, but virtually every fashion book, TV show and professional blog lists the trench as one of the top pieces necessary for a basic wardrobe. And there is no denying the simple utility and timelessness of the coat.
The first trench coats appeared in the British army during WWI, as a lighter weight, water-resistant alternative to heavy wool greatcoats.
|British Army Officer in WWI|
And wow, did it catch on, for both men and women. Iconic trench wearers include Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn:
|Image via Hotparade.tumblr.com|
With this lofty history, and undeniable wearablility, why have I not been able to integrate the trench into my wardrobe?? I own a cute short khaki trench, very close to this one by Esprit:
And a long, zebra print one, similar to this one from Nordstrom's:
And while both are fine garments, I wear them very little. I think I can blame two things:
- The subtropical climate. It's mostly warm here, then switches to cool for a month or two, then cold for a few minutes. Then back to warm. There just aren't as many opportunities for my spiffy looking trenches as there were when I lived Up North.
- My casual/business wardrobe. Most non-work days, my trench seems just a tad too dressy for the rest of my look. On work days, a nice looking blazer or cardi usually completes my outfit, and is warm enough.
So there it is. I still adore you, Tim. Don't lose my number!
What about you? Is a trench a staple in your wardrobe? If not, what are your go-to alternatives?