In the Trenches

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Audrey Hepburn, wearing a Burberry trench, and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

It is that time of year to get into the trenches — trench coats that is. Originally designed for soldiers of World War I to replace the heavy serge coats that were weighty when wet; bogging down the brave, young soldiers down in the trenches.  The trench had all sorts of functional design features — D rings could hold weapons, a flap pocket to keep pistols safe, wrist buckles and an adjustable belt to hold in the heat and keep out the rain.  In some cases epaulets were added, an historical symbol of military valor. Traditionally, khaki functioned as camouflage to blend into the battlefields.

1916 newspaper clipping.

As this is the season for unpredictable weather, it is time to take a good look at your trench coat to see if it passes muster for the busy spring ahead. It is an essential piece that goes from morning to night; and over your arm when traveling. We combed our affiliates to bring you a few of the best and the brightest for spring. Love this duo from Tory Burch, on SALE and in stock.

Tory Burch Coated Trench, SALE $689.

After the war, the ladies adopted the crisp design style. And why not? With the oversized shoulders, tightly belted waist and flared skirt, the coat presents a shapely silhouette for every body type.

Brigitte Bardot in Babette Goes to War, 1959.

Every gal’s closet should have at least one khaki and one dark shade ready to go at a moment’s notice.  This iconic item tops everything from jeans, to work, to cocktail and dinner and is go-to coats for spring. From Ralph Lauren, the creator of American Classics, we found this dashing and versatile assortment.


Ralph Lauren  Belted & Pipped Khaki Trench SALE, $129  /  Poplin Green Trench, $698  /  Twill Miki Length Trench, $798 / Belted  Leather Cuffed Trench, $230

Hollywood was quick to embrace this ubiquitous fashion piece, which elicits feelings of glamor and of romance.

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, and Diahann Carroll in Paris Blues, 1961.

The Return of the Pink Panther, via IMBD.

At we found some dark and stormy coats. Leather & the new faux fabrics make ideal travel companions. They can be cleaned with the wipe of a sponge and rarely wrinkle.


Apparis Natalia Belted Faux Leather, $290  /  Alexander Wang Elasticized Waistband, $995Maje Grenchir Leather, $1045  /  Jane Post Light Slicker Duster, $395

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, 1942.

Hilary brings us her personal bests. “J.Crew has always been a go to for us for classic styles. And every season they have some version of the trench. This year’s offering has different fabrics, sheens and even trendy leopard. They also have a cropped trench, for a different take, if you are not ready to commit to the full length.”

J. Crew  New Icon Trench, $348  / Cropped Lady Coat In Leopard Print, $348   /  Lightweight Shiny Pink Nylon, $378  /  Cropped Lady Coat Khaki, $348  /  Laminated Linen, $398

Last stop, THE OUTNET, for some great deals and even more variations on the theme. For those in-the-know, this retail site brings you fabulous designer shopping at terrifically discounted prices.  Shop quickly before the deals get away.



V by Muubaa $285  /  X Each Other Black Faux Leather $286  /  Muubaa White Faux Leather, $557  /  MSGM Trench with Sation Panels, $598  /  Derek Lam 10 Crosby, $358

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor in Singing in the Rain, 1952

Enjoy yourself as you watch the iconic entertaining movie trailers  — and STAY DRY!

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