What is timeless but not boring? Beautiful but still edgy? Sexy, but not vulgar? Retro, but not thrift store old? What is so versatile that it can work on different figures, skin tones, and different personal styles? Cue the Classic Trench Coat. It ticks all the boxes and warms up our delicate California blood as the temperatures decrease. But more importantly, it makes us feel like we are stepping into a Jean Luc Godard film and are Bridget Bardot personified! Or perhaps Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
What remains intriguing to us is the sliding scale of eclectic associations that this one garment can possess. There is its professional role as a sophisticated, double-breasted, weather-resistant staple for businessmen; its powerful silver-screen status as the uniform of sly film noir gangsters and detectives; and then, of course, its seductive side. Add a pair of stilettos and something lacy or nothing at all underneath, and the buttoned up trench becomes erotically charged, suggesting an underlying state of undress.
Whatever mood you are in, this historical WWI piece will match the variety of personas you wish to portray.
Francesca played the coy romantic by pairing her vintage Burberry Coat with a white lace corset peeking through. Not going to lie – she was inspired by the off-the-shoulder Kim Kardashian Balenciaga look pre-Paris robbery. Fall 2016 has seen a revival of corsetry on the catwalk, and Francesca loves reinterpreting the corset in combination with the trench coat. The key to making corsets contemporary and elegant is layering well. The lace-up fabric belts a la Prada make a great accoutrement for wearing over your trench as well as wearing a classic corset under…
SIMPLE STYLING, MAJOR IMPACT
Forget the little black dress; Valentina’s number one Fall obsession is a classic, well made trench coat. Valentina loves wearing her trench as a statement piece and a canvas to create her own unique look. If you’re wondering when to wear a trench coat, Valentina’s answer is: don’t be limited by your imagination! Slip your trench coat over a tee and jeans, a mini dress, or in a silky blouse with tailored pants and heels. Valentina wore this H&M trench as a statement piece on its own, and paired it with a bold red lip. Having grown up in London, she loves the British heritage roots of the trench, and wishes more Californians would catch on to the elevated piece of British history. The beauty of a trench coat is the way it lets you stand out, while blending in with your natural style.