Trench coats are a timeless, easy transitional piece to take you from summer to fall to winter. The weight, length and style make it a versatile piece. Wear it as a casual, semi casual or even dressy affair. While neutral trench coats are forever in style, the trend for the 2010/2011 fashion season is to wear a brighter hue. Look for a color saturated trench coat in blue, green or red.
Focus on the details when purchasing a trench coat since you will have it in your wardrobe a good long time. This can be an investment piece so take your time choosing the right coat for you. Coats that both button and tie are the most useful, and look for one that falls just above your knees. Shorter trench coats abound though, it really is a matter of personal preference.
Classic Trench Coat: Grab your fedora and your spy camera, Banana Republic carries this traditionally styled double-breasted trench, complete with epaulets and a removable belt. Fully lined, this coat comes in timeless khaki, black, grey and small checked versions. Currently priced just under $200.
Ruffle Accent Trench Coat Tahari ‘Eve’ from Nordstorm features an asymmetrical ruffled trim that cascades across the front of this upscale trench coat. It has a dramatic look to it with it’s shiny fabric and split lapel collar. Heavy weight fabric is machine washable and comes in deep wine and black. This is a good transition coat for fall to winter and winter to spring. Slightly dressier than a classic trench although it still looks nice paired with jeans and a pair of sleek boots.
Green Trench Coat. Beautiful Calvin Klein trench coat is perfectly styled. Partial to colors, I am personally drawn to this fall jacket that also comes in tan and black. It is long, double-breasted, with tab details, epaulets and pockets. The back yoke is accented with a button. Just under $100 at Dillards.
Mister Magic Trench Coat. French Connection cotton mac comes in a pretty, pretty blue, champagne and black. It’s lighterweight than the others but has all the same classic elements, buttoned epaulets, gold buttons. It has a regal look to it, that makes the over $200 price tag a bit more palatable.
Super Splurge. Red Burberry London taffeta trench coat with a 1,295.00 price tag. Extremely pricey, this stylish trench features a hood, angled pockets and all the traditional elements. Glamour Magazine featured an article about Victoria Beckham wearing her Burberry trench as a dress in May, 2010. Seems like an awkward situation waiting to happen, but she apparently can pull it off. The key, according to Glamour, is to switch the belt for a regular belt that matches your shoes and handbag, black patent leather, cheery red or dark brown leather.