Thursday, February 10, 2011

T is for Trench

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a fantastic week so far! :) Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter T. :)

T is for Trench:

Ms. Garcia writes:

     "When you've got a great trench on, what's underneath isn't so important. Did you care what Catherine Deneuve was wearing under her Burberry in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg? I sure didn't. I was focused on the amazing coat, paired with only tights and a kitten heel. Ah, l'amour!
     And in every film noir I've ever seen, I never cared what was underneath the coat the femme fatale wore. I barely even wanted the girl to take it off, because it seemed to be the only thing one should wear while going undercover. And perhaps it is because of these old films that the trench coat will always be an object of mystique. Whenever a girl feels like being a bit obsure, a bit inscrutable, a bit enigmatic, a trench coat is a must. Must! A great pair of sunglasses adds to the effect.
     A fedora may be going a bit overboard, unless you are on the lam. But hey, a wanted girl has to do what a wanted girl has to do."


Of course a khaki gabardine is the classic, but you can also dare to go for some edge, some color, or some gold lamé.

* For The Classic Investment: Burberry, of course.

* For An Edge: Look to Viktor & Rolf or Rock & Republic.

*For Some Color: Juicy Couture or Gap

*For Metallics: Burberry (again) or Stella McCartney


*Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

*Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's

*Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

*Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

*Sophia Loren in The Key

FASHION 101: The Burberry Trench

"Every aspect of the trench coat is purely functional, since it was originally created as a coat for British soldiers to wear during WW1. It is made of tightly woven gabardine, for water resistance. It is long enough to keep the rain out of a soldier's boots. It has a double-breasted closure and straps on the cuffs to tighten when it rains. When the soldiers returned home from war, they took their Burberrys with them and had them shortened for everyday wear. The coat became a British institution, a film-noir mainstay, and a style staple for both men and women since then."

(All the information above is from the book)

Shopping the Trenches:

How do you feel about the Trench? Do you agree with Ms. Garcia? Do you own a trench? Is there a particular designer or brand you prefer? Please do share!

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)



  1. I love trench coats, and agree with Nina. There's just something about them. Some day will have my Burberry. I determined that after seeing one on Kate Beckinsale on Serendity, of all things. Until I get one, I love my J.Crew Icon, which I was finally able to get at a great sale price. It's very well made, with a classic look. Can't wait until it's warm enough for me to break it out.

  2. Love a trench too! I have one from Michael Kors that will do for now. I would love a Burberry though, eventually :)

  3. I've been on the hunt for the perfect trench literally for years! I don't know why, but it's been sublimely difficult to find one that is actually water-resistant, can fit a petite frame and has a bit of edge or other interesting detail! I've seen a ton of gorgeous trenches but unfortunately they're 100% cotton or too long for me, wah!

  4. I LOVE my Burberry trench :-) I got it last year for my birthday. It's such a great addition to my wardrobe that will last forever. The best part is that Burberry will do alterations for you for free, and they then shipped it to my home. This was a great thing for me since I'm short and the sleeves were just a tad long. I definitely recommend one of their coats for not only a great, well made product, but also great service :-)

  5. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts on the Trench ladies! :) I, too, would love to have a Burberry (especially after hearing Jennifer's experience), but for right now my J.Crew Icon Trench will have to do. :)

  6. I think Burberry makes really awesome trench coats. But I am now pretty much satisfied with mine from Banana Republic. I prefer wearing a black and white stripe t-shirt and a pair of indigo skinny jeans under my trench coat to create an easy casual look :)
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  7. London Fog trench coats all the way! LOVE mine and had it for many years. Got it right after I graduated from college and still going strong. I own 9 trench coats 4 of which were bought in England.