A guide to the perfect men's trenches.
I was inspired by watching an uprising korean drama called "The Heirs" starring my favorite korean actor, Lee Min Ho!! The drama not only fulfilled the hopeless romantic part of me, but also the fashionista of me. With that said, the fashion featured in the drama are just incredible. Take a look for yourself if you have time to kill.
The trench coat has been a staple of men's wardrobes ever since it first debuted prior to World War I, but we won't get into the history aspects. Thanks to Mr. Burberry's great renaissance of tailored trench coats, we are able to stay classy, mysterious, preppy and stylish in this unbearable cold.
People living in the cold, such as the East Coast (or Wisconsin, in my case), understand the importance of a practical winter coat. Though most trench coats are expensive, they last a while and hardly go out of style! One, or two, will help you stay stylish for the many winters to come! So make your investment worth the money spent!
Here are some tips from Kate Allden, co-owner of ultra hip London boutique Kj's Laundry, to help you choose the right trench just for you. (Credit: Menstylefashion)
"Essentially a tailored look, the fit is absolutely key to getting this one right boys. For traditional trench styles, the coat should sit just above the knee. Full length and it all gets a bit “don’t mention the war”. With belted designs, only tie at the front if you’re slim – otherwise always tie at the back to avoid looking bulky. Trenches look best completely buttoned with the collar up; add a scarf knotted loosely over the collar for a cosy wrapped up look. Consider the fabric carefully too – look for waterproof cotton drill or poplin for lighter styles or for a heavier winter number, wool gabardine is a classic. More structured fabrics will hang far better, emphasising shoulders and narrow waists. Cream is the time-honoured choice but dark colours, especially grey or navy, are generally sexiest. If you prefer black, avoid anything leather unless you’re planning to spend the weekend at an ‘Allo ‘Allo convention"I personally love the Burberry and Sandro trench coat collections. Brands are not the main factor of choosing a trench that is right for you. The beauty of trench coats is the way it highlights your silhouette so make sure it fits your body! Sometimes even the oversized and shapeless can be stylish - it all depends on your body type and height!
In terms of color, I personally believe that neutral and solid hues are the best way to go. Classic tone is beige. But colors such as black, grey, navy and darker tones (maroon, anyone?) would work too. These neutral colors ensure that they will always stay in trend and achieve, for a lack of better terms, the "gentlemen" looks. Trenches also come in different lengths: short, mid-length and long. Long trenches look more mysterious and manly. Whereas, short trenches achieve more of a playful, mischievous look. So if you'd like, invest in each.
Here are some trenches to choose from (most of them are actually featured in "The Heirs"):
|Burberry Collection - Maroon|
|Burberry Collection - Dark Grey|
|Sandro Collection - Charcoal|
|Burberry Collection - Beige|
|Em Polham Collection - Black|
|Intermezzo Collection - Light Grey|
|Sandro Collection - Charcoal|
|Neil Barrett Collection - Charcoal|
|Kenzo Wool Collection - Black|