Springtime in the trenches

A perennial classic and wearable at any age* and in any colour.

I have a black one, a navy one, a red one (on long loan to my mum's wardrobe...) and as expected, a leopard one (I've said it before and I'll say it again, leopard is a neutral). 

Our temperate climate means that a light trench is a useful buy in any season. Perfect for milder Autumn days and cooler Summer ones too. I wear a Winter trench (a hard wearing beige-grey in thick gaberdine and cotton bought in Paris years ago) and a Summer trench (a short peachy nude Zara number) and they finish off everything from work outfits to brunch dates. Here's some good options out there now in case you're in the market. Please let me know if you buy the hot pink trench I keep seeing in magazines. I'll be very jealous.

Of course THE trench is by Burberry. But I can't justify upwards of a thousand Euro for a trench coat. So I'm trying something new...I've bought a vintage classic double breasted Burberry trench and I'm having it shortened and altered... I'm dying to see how it turns out and whether the experiment was a success. I'll report back. 

In the meantime you could splurge on this baby if you're feeling daring and flush with cash. I love that Burberry describe the colour as natural. They're obviously with me on the leopard as a neutral front. 

Or if it MUST be Burberry and you're open to consignment designer shopping then Number 38 Dunville Avenue has a couple of options including a beautiful bejewelled black version: 


Failing that, Zara tends to produce a couple of versions each season and they're well priced if not particularly long lasting. The best chain store trenches I've bought are from the Gap - they're soft and comfortable and they seem to wear well. I got mine on sale for under €30. Bargain. 

Online for €79.99 

Online for €79.99 


*I almost bought a miniature red Burberry trench for the baby before she was born. Almost. I came to my senses before I paid for it. It was on sale! I see that little coat in my dreams.