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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Return of the Mac!

Yesterday when I was out shopping, I spotted a couple of trench coats on display.  If you do not own a trench coat this is a vital garment to add to your classic collection!

The most traditional form is to opt for a beige version, although they now come in so many fabulous colours, that if you know your colour season you can have a lot of fun exploring new options that will enhance your natural colourings.

Before buying, here is a reminder of my top tips from last year for selecting your Trench coat:


  1. Make sure it fits you properly on your shoulders
  2. When trying on, do all the buttons up and fasten the belt - how do you feel? This is really important - wearing the trench coat open appears sloppy, to look stylish you need to wear it fastened up, so you need to feel good in it.
  3. If you like the coat but not the belt that comes with it - most are detachable so you can choose to wear another belt.
  4. Some coats offer a lot of "skirt" - you need to think about what you will typically wear under your coat and does the skirt give you want you need.
  5. Don't forget to think about adding a silk scarf (not wool!), particular if you are going for beige, you can change the scarves to co-ordinate your outfit or simply add a little colour.
  6. Beige trench coats are not good to go from Day to Evening.  If you need this flexibility I would suggest that you invest either in a black coat or one whereby the fabric has a satin finish.
  7. If it's just for evening, you can really go to town with colour, purple, orange or red would simply look fabulous.



This one is a lot of fun with these patterned sleeves!
Maison Scotch Trench Coat with Aztec Sleeves from ASOS
£195.00


ASOS


Remember the Trench coat is an investment, and if you know the best colours that suit you, then perhaps spend a bit more, the garment will last you years!  This one from Paul Smith Black Label Collection is simply gorgeous - It come in red and navy blue.
£510.00


Paul Smith



Want to keep it simple, then Hobbs has this beautiful dark navy Bliss mac
£169.00

Hobbs


Ted Baker have this fabulous full skirt option, available in fuchsia (as below), purple or beige. With a fabulous inner print that adds a touch of class.
£229

Ted Baker - House of Frasier

Inner print