When I was getting ready to head off to Europe during grad school, our study abroad office sent out a list of "must pack" items. On the top of the list was a trench coat. They called it a "'triple threat" because it could keep you warm, keep you dry, and serve as a bathrobe. Ick. The image of foreign students walking up and down dorm hallways in nothing but a trench coat disturbs me to this day.
This year I have noticed that there are even more trench coats than usual and they can be found at every price. I've tried to round up a good sample here. This beautiful double-breasted version by California's own Juicy Couture (top right) is totally investment-worthy! It follows the traditional trench coat rules, but updates the look with oversized lapels and button details. The always innovative Italian sportswear company Diesel has restyled the trench to make it super sleek with their Okiwix trench (bottom left). I love that they have replaced the traditional buttons with a zipper! The overall look is super modern and streamlined.
For the budget-conscious fashionista, both Gap and Old Navy are featuring classic trench coats at amazing prices this fall. Old Navy's version (above left) gets an update from a belt-less silhouette and comes with a price that makes it hard to pass up. The slightly oversized buttons on Gap's Long Marching Trench (above right) make it a little funky and help it stand out from the crowd.
No matter what your budget, you really can't go wrong with a trench coat this fall. Not only will it keep you warm and dry, I hear you can even use it as a bathrobe in a pinch. Just kidding. Seriously, a trench is a great investment and will look trendy and stylish year after year.
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