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{eternally chic: the classic trench coat}

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One of my favourite things about Spring is running out the door in a light trench — whether paired with a favourite pair of jeans or a cocktail dress, it is one item that always makes me feel hopelessly stylish and effortlessly put together . . .

{top: françoise hardy; above: kate moss}

In 1879, a young former draper’s assistant, Thomas Burberry, invented gabardine, a comfortable yet durable tightly-woven, water-resistant fabric. This fabric was a stunning success, with orders flooding in, and the first major client being the British Army.

Using his own designs for officers’ coats made 13 years earlier for the War Office, Burberry added shoulder straps and metal rings to his gabardine coat, and the trench coat was created. Today the Burberry trench coat remains one of fashion’s most coveted pieces.

{above: jackie, audrey, kate}

Lightweight, weather resistant and eternally chic, the classic trench is as stylish today as it was when Audrey Hepburn wore one in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

{united bamboo trench with current / elliott 70’s style bell-bottoms in distressed denim at la garçonne}

{cotton A.P.C. trench paired with paul smith striped shirt and just cavalli wide-legged jeans from harrods for an elegantly cool british look}

{a gryphon trench paired with acne skinnies and a proenza schouler striped tee for a perfect parisian vibe}

{images: 1 – françoise hardy via ms. muse; 2 – kate moss by ellen von unwerth; 3 – magnolias by alicia bock; 4 – via popartpistol; 6 – glamour uk august 2008; 7 – closet couture in vogue us may 2009}

 
36 Notes
  • Trench coats are truly classic. What beautiful choices. Simply, elegant ~ lovely!

    Thank you for joining Timeless Tuesday!

    Paula Grace ~

  • such a staple for spring fashion! absolutely love burberry as well.
    cute blog btw!

  • when i was in paris last week, everyone was wearing a trench. so now i think of paris when i see a trench. they are my favorite part of spring, too!

  • Hello Franki,

    Here are just a few suggestions:

    If you’re looking for a fantastic investment piece, a Burberry trench Burberry trench is the absolute best, and there are shorter styles that are perfect for a petite frame.

    Gryphon and A.P.C. also have a lovely selection, and have heard the same for Banana Republic and TopShop for less.

    Hope that helps and have a great week,
    xo

  • honestly cannot deal with how gorgeous kate looks in her trench and top knot.

  • what trench do you adore? have you found on “fitted” enough? I’m quite petite and typically have a great deal of trouble finding one fitted enough to be flattering.

  • so classic.

  • Kate makes a trench coat look hot! x

  • I could not live without my trench coat – I never go anywhere without it. However drab I may feel inside wearing a trench always seems to pull it together. Fab post – love all the images. Enjoy your weekend, xv.

  • I love the trench coat. Unfortunately, I have to admire from afar…living in AZ gives me maybe 2 or 3 days a year that I could even wear one. But lovely, nonetheless.

  • It is so refreshing to see posts like this one. love how you include s little history of the trench, and adding the vintage pictures is a beautiful touch.

    Wonderul eye for design.

    Vitania

  • Hello everyone! Thanks so much for the lovely comments — adore your taking the time to say hello and hope you’ve had a fantastic week.

    Happy May!
    xo

  • Hello Katie! Lovely to hear from you, and can appreciate your search for a striped t for less — please use my suggestions as inspiration, and not necessarily as a shopping list :)

    Will look out for a striped t to help you in your search — imagine the gap, or topshop, etc. may have something?

    Have a lovely weekend!
    xo

  • I love this trench look…classic! BUT $375 for a strioped T shirt!?!?! Eek!I have ben looking for a striped T….I hope I can find one for less.

  • I love a classic trench, but didn’t know that Burberry invented gabardine! what a great piece of trivia.

  • I’m also a great fan of the trench .. it can be so classy with a little black dress and so cool with a jean !!
    Have a nice week end.

  • So classy and glamorous!

  • Oh what a delightful post! Trench coats are my absolute favorite piece of clothing, and you just gave me great ideas to wear mine with..

  • Oooh! I love my trench coats too! I have a Theory navy , knee length trench which is so beautiful paired with a cocktail dress and heels. And thanks for the history lesson! I now can have a little backstory to my Burberry trench- which you’re so right, it’s so perfect with anything.

  • Those are entirely fabulous. Mmhm. I don’t own a trench, just multiple winter clothes. Perhaps I should start looking into finding one that I can invest in. Indeed!

  • Perfect post on the perfect spring essential!

  • what a thorough, fantastic post! i concur with everyone else – inspiring and beautiful. :)

  • I’m wearing two trenches this spring, one classic, the other kinda dusty and industrial. Burberry makes me green with envy! xoxo

  • Ahhh…I’m in Paris right now…nowhere else are the women so slim and chic…

  • oh so timeless!! i love i love!

  • I feel exactly the same way …I wore this outfit on Wednesday actually …I love the trench in spring!

  • Simply divine post…love your melange of women and pictures and of course BURBERRY…….. Thanks for more inspiration!

  • Elena — thank you! Had found the photo from a blog that thought her to be Jane, but you’re absolutely right — it’s Françoise — thanks again!

    xo

  • Beautiful post! I think the top photo is not Jane it’s Françoise Hardy.

  • Thank you for sharing the interesting history of one of my all-time favorite fashion staples! How interesting.

    PS-I, too, love that last ensemble…in fact, it’s already been carefully torn out of my Vogue and filed away for safe keeping. :)

  • I bought a black Burberry trench about 5 years ago and have absolutly worn it to death…it’s my go-to coat, probably too much…but boy does it hold it’s own. Should maybe move away from the black for a change! Burberry coats are worth every penny, they last forever.

  • So inspiring — thank you!

    :-)

  • *sigh* to have a burberry trench, I would be happy!

  • What a gorgeous gorgeous post! LOVE trenchcoats, must have at least 10 in my wardrobe (most of them Burberry too!), and now that it’s Autumn here Down Under I plan on making full use of them all, the photos above are great for inspiration! :)
    xx

  • WOW, this is by far my favourite post! So beautiful, and so chic! Thank you so much for sharing! I love spring and all the clothes that come with it, and the trench is so iconic!

  • this post is so inspiring i wish i could go out and grab a burberry trench! but im down in the south and would probably die if I put one on right now. but this post is so chic and glamorous. love it.

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