What is it about a trench coat that feels so timeless? Worn by a cast of characters like the private-eye, the (ahem) flasher, the starlet, the seductress, the trench is an item that is utilitarian to so many that it seems its popularity is perhaps due to function over form. But for something so ubiquitous, the trench just can’t seem to shake its reputation for chic.
SHOP THE LOOK: TRENCHCOATS
As far as stylish and influential wardrobe pieces go, the trenchcoat is up there with the french beret. That’s because a trench adds a certain layer of polish. Marlene, Audrey, Catherine, Bridget, It seems every style icon has worn one. And just google any style star today and the word “trench” and you will see a stunning array of how the style has been worn over the years. Look to Eva Mendes or Olivia Palermo for their modern style innovations on the trench. This season designers not only favor the classic cut: with admiral lapels, button placket and a tie-belt at the waist, but are adding adornments like ruffles, lace and off-the-shoulder cuts.
I always seem to prefer my trenches with billowy, feminine touches, like a ruffle or soft lapel. This Alice + Olivia trench is so unique because of its off-the-shoulder styling. But you can also choose from the more traditional crisp, clean cuts that tend to feel casual but bring a certain sophistication that is altogether classic. For something more feminine and artful, go for softer materials and hues like cream, pink or even lavender: spring’s It-hue. A midi dress or longer hem is the classic way to wear it because an A-line cut mimics many dress shapes. But wearing a trench with a shorter hemline and sky-high heels or with any trouser or jeans, as I have here, lends an effortlessly chic layer to an otherwise casual look. Whether you opt for a classic or refashioned style, the trench is a wardrobe staple with staying power.