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In the Trenches…

Posted in Coats, Seasonal on June 12, 2009 by closetsmarts

I always say there’s nothing like a great coat to pick up an otherwise hum drum winterized wardrobe, so while it’s still chilly but not quite winter anymore, take the opportunity to build your coat wardrobe with a classic trench. The Spring trenches are in and ripe for the picking, so go get yourself one before the season’s picks are picked over and gone! My rules of thumb, keep it simple: a single button placket will work for most (rather than double breasted), self-cinching belt is always best, if you can get contouring through the waist with darts, all the better for creating that desirable silhouette, watch out for extra (bulking)flaps and ill-placed and fussy pockets, and by all means, take the opportunity to import some fun color into your wardrobe!

Why not just dive right in here– everyone has a soft spot for pink, and here’s a way to incorporate it into your wardrobe without having to commit all day long. Check out this great single placket (read: good for a thicker middle) pink trench coat from Tahari. The button sleeve details are fabulous and it also sports a great collar you can wear up to keep the chill off. Great contour shaping through the bust with a slight aline will surely flatter most figures:
Tahari Pink_1
My man Michael Kors has done it again with this orange trench – Spring is all about re-introducing the brights and his styling is always uncomplicated and spot on for fit. Here we get the contoured midriff, self-cinching belt (most flattering at the empire) and single button placket – A+ for masking any figure flaw you sport on the upper half:
Kors Orange_2
Target’s got this great Mossimo trench in Berry with all the right stylings – cinching belt, high back slit and back flaps for interest, and simple front closure– there’s nothing not to like here, especially the price:
Target Berry_3
For something a bit more classic, check out this Ellen Tracy Khaki trench. Simple clean lines, self-cinching belt for a great fit, and a very rich version of Khaki rather than a washed out stone color (it also comes in black if you must…):
Ellen Tracy Khaki_4
If you’ve got the dough, this twist on the classic khaki trench , femmed up by Nanette Lapore, is killer. Though not for the overly hippy due to pocket and ruffle location, it’s got great design details and yet does not seem too fussy. The only problem is, it might outshine your outfit
Nanette Lepore Taupe_5
Check out this cool denim trench for something a little unexpected – just don’t wear it with your jeans! The double breasted placket rules this out for those with larger chests (you don’t want too much hubbub going on in that area), but it’s a great variation on the classic if you’re looking for utility and variety in your coat wardrobe:
Last Kiss Denim_6
A Sateen trench is great for dressing up any old outfit and taking your coat into evening – this gorgeous navy version by BCX is a case in point – it has a self-belt, but is double breasted so again if you’re busty, you want to avoid this. The collar has a great plunge for a little sexiness but all the other trimmings are classic and straight forward, so you decide what level you take it to, day or night:
BCX Sateen Navy_7
I always love a green coat in Spring, and this one is that great M&M green – everything about it will work, from the single button placket, to the self-cinching belt, to the not-larger than life notched collar – you get the glory of spring color without your coat stealing the show:
Style&co Green_8
I love a white coat in Spring– how better to emerge from the wintry snow with a crisp fresh look. This one by XOXO is simple and fabulous. It’s got great contouring pintucks through the bust and an empire cinch accentuated by button detailing – the belt is self-tie so you find where it works best. It also comes in a fabulous lavender color, why not get both? Who couldn’t use a little lavender in their lives this Spring?:
XOXO White_9
And though I tend to recommend staying away from printed coats (they are harder to match with outfits and thus less practical), I had to throw this one in, called “Gwen”, because really, who doesn’t deserve to don a good animal print now and again? This print will surely mask any figure flaw, especially with the help of a self-cinching belt, contoured waistline, and aline cut:
Priorities Leopard_10
Now take cover and get thee to the trenches!

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