It’s been a very soggy spring here in Boulder. The weather has been dreary, grey and dreadful
for weeks. The forecast is for more of the same.
I can’t stop thinking about trench coats.
This is unusual for me. I'd given up on trench coats forever. Or so I thought.
I have never owned this iconic piece of outerwear. I have tried. I’ve wanted to include this
style staple in my closet...but it just hasn't worked.
It’s one of those items that I love on other people. I see a woman rocking a classic trench coat and I am envious. I want that look. Then I put one on…and see something completely different.
I don’t see chic…I see frumpy and beige and boring.
I am ready to reconsider. I am ready to revisit the trench coat for my own wardrobe.
The trench coat was developed for British officers during World War I to help protect them from the elements in the ‘trenches’ on the front line. Thus, the name:-)
Both Burberry and Aquascutum lay claim to its origin. Regardless of which company was first;
the trench coat was embraced by some of history’s most elegant women.
Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Françoise Hardy, Bridgitte Bardot, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis all helped this utilitarian garment earn its permanent place on most fashion
“must have” lists.
The "I love it on other women" dilemma is not limited to trench coats. I often help clients who are looking for a specific, basic item. Usually, this garment is something they're seeing other
women wearing well.
These pieces aren’t usually trendy, but instead, true classics that for some reason have been
included in the client's, "But, I can't wear that" monologue.
Here are a few examples from my own life. Maybe you have some of your own.
Black or grey jeans- Chic women wear these two colors of denim all year long, yet they are
intimidating for some, including me. I feel super comfortable (and like myself) in any shade of
blue denim...but in my mind, black and grey jeans are reserved for urban, sexy, edgier women.
Ridiculous, I know. I'm still working on this one...
White Blouse- Same issue. Every list of great basics includes it, but many women don’t feel
beautiful in a crisp white blouse. I felt this way for years.
Super short hair + angular features + white blouse = too masculine. Until I found the right white blouse. I now own one that feels like me. Just the right mix of tailored and soft.
Tall brown boots- It took me forever to actually buy a pair. I knew I wanted a some, but couldn't find what I considered to be the perfect pair for me. I kept searching. Way too long. Missing several boot seasons...looking longingly at tall brown boots on everyone else. I let my need for perfection (and my fear of looking too equestrian) keep me from having a great pair of boots.
Until, I stopped looking for the perfection. I started looking for a pair that was good enough.
I bought a pair. I've now had them for years. I love wearing them.
Back to Trench Coats...
What am I waiting for?
A classic trench worn with stripes and denim or black...is fantastic!
It's official. I've begun my hunt for a fabulous trench coat! It won't be the $1,795 Burberry
original pictured above, but it will be a classic and I will wear it!
I almost hope it keeps raining...
What piece do you wish you could wear, but don't? Maybe it's time to become one of those women who wear that piece so well.
Pick one item that you always love on other women. Now go find a version that works for you! Good Luck!
Questions about something you feel you just can't wear? Post a comment or send me an email- firstname.lastname@example.org I'd love to help you take the first step.
Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,