the classic trench

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Every first day of autumn I tend to replace my bathing suits and tunics and linen trousers with light cardigans and flats and a trench coat. There is an anticipation that warmer days will be accompanied by cooler breezes in the mid-afternoon. Autumn brings a few showers and dewy mornings, but the fall sun is one of the most beautiful as it flirts with the moon that now wants to peak in earlier and earlier. And as we watch the seasons evolve, it may be of interest to you to search for the perfect trench…

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A trench coat is one of the most flattering and versatile pieces for any closet, male or female. Pick a trench coat that has light shoulder padding, as it allows the coat to fall whilst holding its figure. One that has a belt or straps to tie a bow gives any woman a stunning hourglass figure.

{the classic trench} via chevrons & éclairs

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When searching for the perfect trench coat, be sure that it fits at the shoulders first. A proper shoulder fitting means a proper fitting in the chest and back. And it is extremely important that the trench coat can be buttoned in the front, even in a sport coat.

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Water-resistant nylon and cotton blend coats have the best impact against rain and wind. Cotton allows for weight to fight against wind, which in my opinion is one of the most important factors.

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Though trench coats vary in lengths, the traditional coat sits two-inches above the knee. Sleeves should be no longer than the first knuckle of the thumb and no shorter than the wrist bone.

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As previously stated, trench coats are the most versatile pieces in any closet so it is important to invest in a quality one. I like to pair mine with spring dresses or pant suits for work. They can be accessorized with scarves and pins. So do make it your own. And if you’re struggling to find inspiration, one of my favorite places on the inter-webs is Burberry’s The Art of a Trench.

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