How to keep stylishly warm and dry without the bulk this winter
AS temperatures start to plummet and the heavens begin to open, it’s time to grab a coat. But not just any coat.
Along with an Hermès Birkin bag, Cartier tank watch, and a Mercedes 1961 190SL, a Burberry trench coat is sitting pretty much at the top of my fashion bucket-list. Well, a girl can dream!
But let’s get back to reality for a minute. The bag – I’ll famously have to join a very long wait list and I don’t do queues very well. Plus I already have a few great leather bags that are perfectly fine.
The watch – well my iPhone keeps me on time most of the time. I also have a couple of Longines classic-style watches, which are more than fine.
And as for the car … I guess I’ll keep buying those lottery tickets! You’ve got to be in it to win it, right?
But the trench, I do need. Maybe not a Burberry – well, not yet anyway. But the trench coat is an essential wardrobe piece. A classic basic, a sartorial staple, an urban uniform. And every woman needs a go-to, throw-it-on-and-you’re-out-the-door kinda coat.
One of the great qualities of this time-honoured piece is its versatility. Like a trusted friend it will take you from the office to the opera, and see you through all seasons.
Sex it up with a slick of red lippy and some killer heels, dress it down with a breton-style stripe T-shirt, jeans, ballet flats or white sneakers, or give it a twist with prints and coloured shoes.
Girly or grunge? Classic or contemporary? The choice is yours. So versatile in fact, it almost makes it easier to justify purchasing a Burberry. (Think of the cost per ratio – the more you wear something, the cheaper it becomes).
- When shopping for the perfect trench, don’t compromise. Keep the silhouette lean and quite fitted but remember you’ll be wearing it over other garments
- Avoid too much fabric – you don’t want it flapping around you. Too much trench will swamp even tall women
- Make sure the shoulders fit snugly; shoulders that are too big will only add bulk
- And a trench should not be too short (mid thigh) or too long (mid calf). Ideally it needs to sit on your knees or two inches below them.
Every woman needs a trench coat and for a gal on a budget you’re spoilt for choice! Here’s three of the many that are available. So it’s time to go shopping.