When it comes to autumn/winter wardrobe staples, the trench coat is to fashion what The Ritz is to London – timeless, elegant and always in style. Since Audrey Hepburn tightly knotted her Burberry mac and ran through the streets of New York in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the trench coat has remained the uniform of sophistication. From yummy mummy’s to millenials, the utilitarian raincoats are hailed for their simplicity and you don’t need a Burberry-worthy budget to own one either.
While the British heritage brand reigns supreme for turning a World War officer requirement into a sartorial smash, every year brands pay homage to history by putting a fresh take on the humble trench coat. From Christopher Bailey’s zebra print to Loewe’s shredded hems, the variations may change but the fundamentals remain the same – those razor sharp lapels, waist-cinching belt and button fastenings – it’s combination of practicality and style is why its yet to be knocked off the fashion top spot.
I’ve been in search for the perfect trench coat for years. Every autumn I keep a beady eye out for the perfect style – a combination of classic and contemporary with a killer fit and a hue that will stand the test of time. As I start to really hone my personal style and move away from throw-away fashion and into a more sophisticated, simple wardrobe, I found the perfect trench coat in this burnt orange version from Gant. With a double breasted front, leather buckle and their signature weave print on the lining, it’s the epitome of understated elegance.
Just like a great pair of boots and a beautifully cut white shirt, the trench coat is a wardrobe must-have for every woman. A rite of passage if you will. I used to cringe when my mum would don her floor-length khaki trench coat on the school run in a downpour but not a winter goes by that I don’t lambaste her for giving that coat to charity! Luckily, there are plenty of options available for every budget to see in the new season in style…
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Coat and bag kindly gifted by Gant. All styling and thoughts my own