27 Mar 2013

In The Trenches

Le Trench… the one fashion essential I would not want to be without. I wear it with my jeans… with my exercise gear… with my flats, with my stilettos… and dare I admit it… I have even worn a trench coat over my pyjamas in an emergency… I consider the trench coat one of the most versatile pieces in the wardrobe… and apart from being practical, I think they look sexy… very agent provocateur.


That’s the French influence… those Parisian girls wear them often and wear them well… Beige or black… the trench is a classic… and a must have.

The trench coat has been around forever… for men and women… made even more famous by Catherine Deneuve, Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn… it is the one coat that everyone can wear… at any age… belted or not… though of course the way to belt… is not to belt but to tie… Le Trench is perfect for mid season, for rainy days and windy days… for Goldilock days… ‘not too hot and not too cold’… exactly what you want to wear when travelling.


Even on days when nothing looks right… when the cupboards don’t hold anything that works… and the mirror is the enemy… I can rely on my trench… xv

The Best of Le Trench


burberry  // london fog  //  calvin klein

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37 Comments

Anita Rivera

Bonjour Vicki!

Oh, you and I again agree with la mode and surtout, le trench. I have a black one that is so versatile and easy to wear ANYWHERE. On a casual teaching day, all I have to do is put this on with either a black skirt with tights and boots or if I feel like being really comfortable, just with a pair of jeans but with a pearl collier. Oh how I love the French for all of the beauty they have inspired. The Audrey version from the movie Charade is one of my favorite looks to knock around the city with such ease and style!

Have a fabulous evening mon amie! Anita

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Vicki

The French do inspire… I know the trench has been around forever… but when I think of the trench I always think of them… :)

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Louise

I am leaving on Thursday for a month long course at Villefranche and then 2 weeks travelling between Provence and the Dordogne, and my black Burberry trench will be with me…my travel essential…I am so looking forward to enjoying it again after the hottest summer on record here in Western Australia…

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Katherine

A classic trench in a neutral colour will last forever, so it’s worth buying up. Same with a really good umbrella and rain boots. If you have to go out in a storm you may as well be stylish.

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miss b

I absolutely agree and my preference has always been a classic beige trench. What a wonderful selection of photos which illustrate your point perfectly.

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Vicki

They all look wonderful… and I could have kept loading more… I thought I better stop…:)

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Vicki

They are the most well known and a great investment, for sure… but some of the others are very good quality too… :)

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lynn@thevintagenest

I am searching for the perfect long black one, but in the meantime my short one is my go to wear. I remember in college, the London Fog trench coat in cream was so popular and like you mentioned, I threw mine right over my p.j.s and ran to an early morning class. :)

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Heather in Arles

I bought my vintage Burberry years ago at St. Ouen for 55€. Without a doubt the single smartest clothing investment ever…

Just for kicks I have been wearing it differently, buttoned up top and open below. :)

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Whatisinmyworld

The trench coat is on everyone’s mind. Slim Paley also wrote a great post and whowhatwear.com has a post today. Burberry and other company’s are being creative with the classic design. Whether the coat may be sleeveless,short sleeves or button at an angle. I love them all. Great post.

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Anita Rivera

I was just thinking of you as I muse over my latest decision to disable comments on my blog and to revamp my blogging style. One of the things I love about your blog Vicki, is that no matter what you share, YOU ALWAYS SPEAK to your audience. Thank you for that. This is a very vital component to being a successful writer. Mille mercis, Anita

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Vicki

I think of French Essence as a forum for us all, Anita… I might direct the content, but my readers are the stars… :)

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Cathy

I love how Garance Doré rolls the sleeves all the way up on hers. It is so chic.

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lisa thomson

Very inspiring, Vicki. I love them all. It’s a piece I need to invest in for sure. Last year I bought a military style light jacket that I love but it’s a little more casual than the trench. I’ll mention for us Northern Canadian girls, Eddie Bauer makes a nice trench this season not as expensive as the Burberry but very well made.

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Corrina Tough

Hi Vicki, love the images and blurb about the trench. I love them too- favourite image in Audrey. Now I would have thought a trench not be a good choice for someone carrying a bit of excess weight (aka me) but I saw this amazing Oprah Winfrey episode once with a famous stylist to the stars helping out people who were really hug but has started losing weight and even though they were a lot lighter they weren’t all the way there yet. My goal was to lose about 20kg before my 40th birthday and I only got half way so my ears perked up as I wanted to look nice for my party. He actually suggested a black trench over a nice colour suits you- instead of doing it up leave it unbuttoned but do up the belt as tight as you can. This creates a false waist but also it means that as you lose more weight you don’t have to throw out all the new clothes you just bought. The wonderful trench comes to the rescue. I can almost do mine up now and this is my goal to get it to that point. I looked really nice at my party with a cute dress and gorgeous scarf to add a pop of colour. Felt great. Gotta love a trench. xx Corrina Tough.

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Vicki

Trenches are very flattering whichever way you wear them… Great job getting those buttons done up… Congratulations Corrina… I am sure you looked gorgeous… :)

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Millie

Sorry mate, no can do here. I’m too short & my boobs are too big & I’d be placed in the Elegant Trench Coat Shop’s sin bin if ever I tried to sneak one on. I be quickly mistaken for Inspector Gadget’s elderly Grannie….do envy you though for being to carry one off so well.
Millie xx

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Vicki

I seriously doubt that Millie… :)
I am sure I could make it work for you… perhaps you better pop on over and I will show you… :)

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Lana

I have owned my long black London Fog trench since the early 1990’s and it still looks great. It has become a part of me and I wouldn’t think of replacing it. I wear it with the belt tied in front or just let it fly open and tie the belt in the back so I don’t lose it….heaven forbid! Vicki, love your blog!

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Maria de Fatima Moraes Rodrigues

They are good, practical, indispensable and became famous. Excellent post. Thank you.

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