Let’s look at some trenches

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This is actually a Mac and not a trench, but it’s a good option if you have no need for a belt.

A cute, cotton short trench that won’t do much to protect you from the elements, but sure is cute.

Here’s a very well-priced option with a slouchy kind of elegance.

This trench is just so chic, with its hood and side slits.

A long linen coat that’d be ideal for wearing with dresses.

It’s kind of surprising how many trenches aren’t water-resistant, but this one is, and it’s marked down too.

This is another good option for wearing with dresses, and I like that it’s navy too.

A knee-high choice that feels a little French to me somehow.

This khaki-and-black checked number is kind of unexpected and cool.

A very well-priced choice from Uniqlo that’s also nicely minimal (and also comes in black).

And, from Barbour, an immaculately tailored off-white option.

 

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    cw
    15 Mar 2022
    6:09pm

    That Sundry gauze ShopBop dress that Kim showed yesterday in mustard I ordered in the green and it arrived today (I don’t know how either––seriously, I ordered it yesterday morning and it arrived about an hour ago). If you didn’t order one you’ll want to because it is FABulous!!! Perfect weight, flowy without looking like you’re wearing four yards more fabric than necessary and side slits so you can walk. I may take it in to the tailor to get hemmed a couple of inches, but truthfully I could get away with it the length it is (I’m 5’2″). And it looks GREAT with sandals. You could also throw it on over a bathing suit. Or wear it with heels. I mean it really is the perfect Spring/Summer dress. (Thank you, Eloise, for enabling me by finding the green color!)

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      Eloise
      16 Mar 2022
      3:55pm

      Mine arrived today and I’m on the fence. The color and fabric are wonderful. It’s likely a bit too voluminous for me but I think some of that could be mitigated if could actually get my butt in gear and take it to the tailor to be hemmed. I also feel like it screams for pockets – if it had them, it would be a keeper.

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    Tara
    15 Mar 2022
    4:13pm

    I always feel like Inspector Gadget any time I try on a trench. But these do look nice on the models and others! I live in Seattle and have WFH for the last 10 years so I mostly have puffers and a Gortex raincoat. I was tempted by one of the Everlane rain jackets you posted about earlier, Kim, as those did seem great for dog-walking. Haven’t gone for it yet though…

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    Francine
    15 Mar 2022
    3:25pm

    I cracked up seeing the models in trench coats and open toe shoes. Funny!!

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    Eloise
    15 Mar 2022
    8:36am

    I remember running into a Rainbow Shop on the first rainy work day of my first job after college – they open ended early! The quality of my next few trenches (and jobs!) improved but I’ve realized they don’t work for me — talk about frump factor! Andrea half tempted me with the checked one the other day, though, and the Thakoon is really cute – for someone else!

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    cw
    15 Mar 2022
    10:17am

    Like Eloise, the frump factor looms large for me as well when it comes to a trench. If I were to wander over into frump territory I’d go for the short navy COS. It is cute! And I hate to mention this, BUT my body has changed so much over the last year or so––an unexpected change since I’d already barreled through menopause so I thought all changes had happened. Not so. I may have gained a pound or three at most during the Pandemic, but I look like I’ve gained way, way more than that because ALL of my weight resides between the tops of my thighs and my ribcage. All my clothes still fit, they just fit differently so I can still get the jeans zipped and the shirts buttoned, but uncomfortably so. It’s the weirdest thing. So here I am at age 70 trying to find styles that fit my very different looking mostly the same weight body. We go through adolescence and our bodies change, we go to college and our bodies change, we have kids and our bodies change, we hit middle age and our bodies change, we hit menopause and our bodies change and then, just to keep us on our toes, we hit medicare age and our bodies change. WTFityF. AARRRGGGHHH (sorry for the rant)

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      Dawn
      17 Mar 2022
      12:17pm

      Indeed, the sands are shifting…sigh.

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      liz
      15 Mar 2022
      12:07pm

      Sounds like delayed mesopause effect. My similar new body took hold at menopause which also coincided with the beginning of the pandemic. Double whammy.

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        Moi
        15 Mar 2022
        1:17pm

        No kidding! I hit menopause 7 years ago. Didn’t gain weight, nothing shifted. Until this past year, when I put on a couple pounds. But I’ve been this weight before so WTF? I guess it just wasn’t distributed in this totally bizarre and different way. Argh!

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    Eloise
    15 Mar 2022
    8:41am

    *opened* – maybe I should expand my “no talking before coffee” rule to “no typing” as well.

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    16 Mar 2022
    9:03am

    I sprung for the one from Gentle Herd even though I have a cute longer Uniqlo trench… because the price point is great. Now I see all kinds of scary commentary online about what a bad company they are. Has anyone ordered from them with success (or failure)??

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      ugh
      11 Apr 2022
      5:24pm

      Ditto, am keeping it despite the terrible fit (!) due to their return policy scam. Will try luck and return shipping funds on a tailor despite the major work it will be — https://www.reddit.com/r/fashionwomens35/comments/qsl9z7/gentle_herd_legit_or_scam/

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      moi
      13 Apr 2022
      7:36am

      Don’t know if you’ll see this comment, but I ordered mine same day this post came up. Exactly what I’ve been looking for. They advertise themselves as a sustainable, conscious brand with quick shipping from the U.S., but it seems they’re just another fast-fashion outlet based in China.

      By April 1, I still hadn’t received a notice of shipping. Contacted them, they said it was out of stock and they were working to manufacture more. Okay, fair enough.

      A few days later, I get a notice that it shipped, with a link to track it. I didn’t at the time, figuring if it didn’t get here in a week, I’d to it then. Another ten days went by. Link doesn’t work. I plug tracking number into every major shipper. Nope. Contacted them a few days ago. They sent me a link that works. According to the shipper (17Track, some outfit I’ve never heard of), my jacket has been waiting to “board plane” at “International airport in China” for the past four days. The ONLY good thing I can say about them is that they answer email correspondence within 24 hours, sometimes sooner.

      Did you get yours yet?

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    carlene
    17 Mar 2022
    4:04am

    In my case, it’s the beige + boobs combo that equals frump. (So bought an olive vintage army trench, and the fabric belt will never see the light of day.)

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    The Prof
    15 Mar 2022
    11:20pm

    A little shocked by the “frump” association with trench coats by so many commenters: I’ve always seen trench coats as THEE definition of chic. I have one in about every different shade from white to stone to beige to army green and some bright jewel tones too. Plus red and black, naturally. 😂 And I am certainly not tall! A crisp white collared shirt underneath makes the look perfect, (imho), no matter what pants or shoes.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    16 Mar 2022
    1:06am

    I love a trench – almost any color will do, but I’ve got 4 beige ones in my front hall closet (they are different lengths and encompass a myriad of sizes!)

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    Viajera
    15 Mar 2022
    12:12pm

    Although there isn’t much chance I’ll actually get around to it, I’ve been wanting to explore the subject of trench coats for a while, as they seem like they would be very handy, if one could find the right one. When designed well, they can have a romance to them. (I think this has to do with the collar.) I need to get my head around all these flaps and things. I have no proof but I think the secret to looking actually good in one has to do with either being tall or thin, or if not that, to wearing it as a wrap coat. (Which one wouldn’t do in actual rain, I suppose.) I think the frump thing mostly happens if you wear sneakers with it? Otherwise, it’s just a coat? Or, no? It is odd because I used to really dislike the flaps, but now I am starting to like them. That’s so weird.

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      Viajera
      15 Mar 2022
      12:20pm

      On second thought, I think even sneakers might be doable. It’s a whole gestalt-y thing. I think it could be managed. Not by me today though. The other frump problem, at least for me, is that I wear glasses, and, not good ones. … … … Also, I kind of want two – a normal one and a metallic one.

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    Joannawnyc
    15 Mar 2022
    11:22am

    I also look kind of frump in trench coats … I do like the Uniqlo one though!

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      Jax
      15 Mar 2022
      12:17pm

      Bought a beautiful dark green BR faux suede trench coat (w flaps) the winter before the pandemic hit. It sits untouched in my coat closet as it feels too nice/heavy to w my WFH uniform in my very casual neighborhood. Intended to be a nicer work/evening out jacket/coat.

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    Sienna Spencer-Markles
    15 Mar 2022
    11:27am

    I have two short trenches in black and tan from Uniqlo and I love them! They look expensive and feel great.

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    Wendela
    15 Mar 2022
    12:39pm

    The evolution of fashion is funny to me, seeing you refer to the “chic hood” on that one trench. I get it—a hoodie/trench hybrid pushes a boundary, but growing up in the cold north east, it was considered way cooler to have a jacket with no hood (hats were also problematic—the “cool” look was literally freezing because you had to keep your head uncovered). And of course moms always wanted to get you the jacket with a hood—so practical! Anyway, your comment made me smile. Hoods are now fashionable and I no longer live in that cold climate. That short navy trench from Cos is really tempting and would work for California…

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