Trench coat season is here – and they're not just for detectives
I love the idea of a classic trench coat, but I don't want to look like a hard-boiled detective. What are some options that will satisfy my desire to look neat and natty as we move into milder weather?
Céline's spring collection, in which designer Phoebe Philo's offering for the brand included a seductive white leather trench, proved all spring outerwear is not created equal. And luckily, you don't have to be a supersleuth to uncover the season's best options for keeping covered. If you crave a bit of the unexpected when you're getting ready to head out the door, there's a wealth of design-forward trench coats that will keep you cozy on cool March mornings.
Reiss's checked coat is bells-and-whistles-free with the exception of its pattern. Beautiful? Yes. Discreet? Not so much. The good news is, its classic silhouette keeps it from being too outré. If the look feels a bit too boxy for you, soften it with a long, printed scarf in chiffon or silk; these fabrics pair well with sharply cut pieces, softening the stiffness and adding a bit of ease instead.
If you're a frill seeker, perhaps Club Monaco's soft, ruffled lapel trench is up your alley? It comes in an array of colours and features a bow-tie detail at the cuffs. To avoid looking cloyingly sweet, wear it with a structured tote bag and knee-high boots with a block heel.
Great outdoorsy types will gravitate toward J.Crew's utilitarian take on the trench coat, complete with a corduroy collar. It's rugged, yet refined. Columbo would approve.
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