There aren’t many fashion pieces as iconic as a classic trench coat. Named for the role it played in trench life in the First World War, the timing of this post may seem poignant, just a week after Remembrance Sunday. And indeed, today’s trench coat, while now a much sought after fashion item, retains many of the features of its military forebear, albeit with less functional and more aesthetic roles. The shoulder straps that button close, the heavy-weight gabardine cotton and wide lapels to name a few. However, the price tag of today’s trench coats are in stark contrast to those of the past, with Burberry’s iconic coats coming in between £1,200-£1,600. Even accounting for inflation, this would seem horrifying to our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation (and, in fact every sane person I know) given that average annual earnings were £70 a few years before WWI (I didn’t believe it either, see here).
While still eye-wateringly expensive, this stunning gabardine classic trench coat from German brand, Escada, comes in at under half the price of it’s Burberry peers, at £645. I must admit, I was tempted to splash the cash after loaning it for this shoot, as I was confident it would come out favourably in our cost-per-wear test. There is no way I wouldn’t still be wearing it in ten years time. However, a 6 month hiatus in sunny Cape Town was just enough to put hold to my lust for a classic trench. But only temporarily, mind you.
The beauty of a classic trench coat is that it requires minimal styling. You could wear it over an LBD, jeans and a cashmere knit or a mini skirt and boots, and it would complement the look without dominating it. Or, alternatively, you could make it the star piece by wearing it alone with boots (as I have done here), heels or flats and it would look fabulous, with the leopard-print lining lending oodles of wow-factor.
I’ve paired the trench with last year’s much-loved over-the-knee Lorde boots from L.K.Bennett (worn here and here!). Never fear, they have a very similar Kaori style this year in navy (currently 30% off) and black as well as a few other styles which I have listed below this post. Remember it is Black Friday next week, so if you’re tempted, be sure to look then as LKB usually do fabulous discounts. In fact, I’m working on a list of our top tall girl buys for Black Friday so keep checking back, or follow us on Facebook to keep updated.
Have a fantastic weekend, Dear Readers.
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