In The Trenches

The trench coat has and always will be a wardrobe staple, that go-to item that helps you transition from Fall into Spring.

It is that fail safe outerwear piece that you can throw over a heavy knit sweater, jeans and boot combo just as easily as you can a pretty lightweight printed dress and sandals.

It is practical and dependable which is why designers incorporate it into their collections season upon season, reinterpreting it in new fabrications, colors and embellishments.

I have recently added three new versions to my collection which I just had to share after once again seeing this wardrobe classic crop up on numerous runways this season.

If you haven’t already heard of ENFOLD then get it on your radar. ENFOLD is a contemporary brand from Japan that re imagines the ordinary. Upside down shirts as skirts, mixed fabric combo jackets and apron pants are examples of how everyday basics are elevated to have a point of difference and have everyone asking ‘Where did you get that?!’

One such item is my tulle combo trench coat that from the front looks like your average staple but give it a twirl and the back is layers and layers of soft black tulle. Absolutely stunning in my opinion and definitely a version that can be dressed up or down for multiple occasions.

The other trench coat I recently acquired is again slightly out of the ordinary (you will come to find that I do tend to lean towards things that are a little different!!). It is the Ray double layer trench by Eudon Choi that walked his Fall 2019 LONDON Fashion Week runway (Look 6 if you’re interested!).

It is super versatile as it can be worn three alternative ways: 1) as a classic trench (I personally love the over-sized lapels and complementary contrast colors); 2) as a short, high/low jacket by removing the vest from underneath; 3) as a belted sleeveless trench dress or open vest. Talk about value for your buck!!

OUTFIT DETAILS

Coat: Eudon Choi Jeans: Frame Shoes: Chanel

Earrings: Zara (past season, similar here) Belt: Alexander McQueen (past season, similar here) Boots: Aquazzura (past season, similar here)

T-Shirt: Gucci Belt: Paul & Joe (past season, similar here)

Lastly one of my favorite brands Monse delivered once again by creating an asymmetric, two tone trench coat and jacket version during Resort (Runway Looks 12 & 14). I opted for the jacket option.

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia can literally do no wrong in my eyes (you will soon discover that I have accumulated many pieces from their Monse line and Oscar de la Renta collections over the years). They are truly a talented duo who never fail to create must have items that you do not mind investing in as they have a point of difference, a little quirk here and there that again have people asking ‘Where did you get that?!’. Not only are they talented but having had the pleasure of meeting them both over dinner and in their New York showroom they are the nicest, most down to earth people you could wish to meet!! The last time I was with them Fernando personally went out to the corner shop to pick me up a Diet Coke as they had run out!

Sorry I diverted….I was telling you about this jacket….

So as I was saying….the one armed trench jacket allows you to drape one shoulder for that ever so chic carefree attitude however if you prefer, you can wear it as you would a normal jacket. It has fabulous antique gold military buttons and I love the mix of navy and khaki tones.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Jacket: Monse Jeans: Frame Shoes: Oscar de la Renta (gifted; never produced)

Whilst khaki and beige initially spring to mind when you mention a trench you do not have to limit yourself to this palette. There are numerous versions available to take your pick from.

Here is a round up of my favorites….Happy shopping my BC Fashionistas xx

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