Thursday, February 4, 2010

Trench Report

 With spring inching closer to us, the transition from winter to warmer weather is often complicated: the sun peaks out beneath light whispery rain clouds that can't decide whether to take action or not, the temperature rises slightly but the wind keeps a slight chill in the air. Solution to warmer weather woes: a trench coat.

The trench has been around since, well, forever. Classic and chic, it can work on the rainiest of days or the chilliest of evenings as a style staple for spring. It is absolutely essential that in wearing the trench, you find one that fits your own body just so. The shorter you are, the shorter the trench should hit; however, with any height, keep it above the knee to avoid looking like a 1940's detective. Not many curves? Try one with a high-wasted belt for a fake-waist. Want to cover and disguise a little? Find one that skims nicely over your body and hips, avoiding pleats for a flat-fronted look. A larger chest? Stay away from extra-wide lapels or too many buttons; (for the opposite problem, reverse that advice). For a general look-pretty fit? Try one that loosely ties at your natural waist. Either way, form, or fashion, the trench has always been, will always be, a spring hit (all these fabulous trenches can be found online at Bloomingdales).


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