The Only Coat You'll Need This Season: Trench Coat

I read a lot of detective books growing up, & I mean A LOT! Encyclopedia Brown, The Hardy Boys, James Bond & Inspector Gadget were some of my favorite fictional characters growing up. I remember being in elementary school & begging my parents for this khaki trench coat from Zara Kids that I religiously wore throughout the fourth grade. I'd long for rainy days that would allow me to wear it to class, sometimes I'd even pout when my mother would tell me that it just wasn't the correct weather to wear it out that day. The trench coat always embodied this air of mystery & sleekness to me even to this day. 

While I'm long past the age of thinking I'm conducting an undercover mission in my trench coat, trench coats are still one of my favorite outerwear staples for the fall. Over the last few weeks our weather has been all over the place, from rainy & cold one day to sunny & brisk the next. The trench coat is the all-time perfect coat for this unpredictable weather. Trench coats best protect your gear worn underneath from the nasty conditions outside.

When purchasing a trench coat remember to buy a size larger than normal, ensuring that whatever you wear underneath fits comfortably under the coat. Go for water-resistant materials that can withstand the rainy days to come. Most importantly, go for a material that is lightweight & can be worn throughout the day. While some trench coats can be made out of warmer materials, like the Topman Wool Blend Trench above, the best trench is meant to keep you cool but not toasty, opt for parkas or warmer coats if warmth is your main concern.


PS by Paul Smith TrenchTopman Wool Blend Trench J.Crew. Portsmouth Trench

Spring Coats for Unpredictable Weather

As the season begins to transition into spring, unpredictable weather is bound to follow. With the daily forecast becoming more incalculable, it’s important to have stylish weatherproof gear in your closet. While North Face jackets were alright for your early collegiate years, it’s time to upgrade your outerwear. From updated baseball jackets to waxed cotton coats, all of these outerwear pieces are built to last through tough conditions. Not only are these jackets durable but they are also less bulky than your winter gear, making it easy to shed as the weather changes throughout the day. As those pesky rainy and humid days approach, throw on some of these great picks that’ll brave any weather in these coming months.

Penfield has long been a favorite brand of mine for great jackets for the spring. The Rochester Rain Jacket is made out of a durable nylon that is durable for April showers but stylish enough to wear out for a casual day around the city. The color block look of this jacket is very much in trend with the current trends this season.

Baracuta Blue Label has created the most stylish trench coat  inspired by military outerwear. The G15 Ripstop made of ripstop cotton has a few military accents that makes this trench stand out from the rest. The lightweight material will ensure that the jacket won't weigh you down as many other trench coats do. 

This Baseball Jacket by Gant by Michael Bastian is perfect for a casual outing when the temperature calls for a lightweight jacket. Made in a lightweight cotton material, this baseball jacket truly exudes a casual and sporty feel. Pair it with some jeans and some high tops to finish off this classic look.

The field jacket is quintessential with spring outerwear. The utility of the Wyatt Field Jacket makes it perfect for the weekend, and the lightweight material of this Coach piece makes it a must-have. Finished in a waxed cotton with a quilted lining, Coach has updated the field jacket while maintaining the classic feel to this piece.