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.
And wow, did it catch on, for both men and women. Iconic trench wearers include Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn.
With this lofty history, and undeniable wearability, 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?