Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Living in the Trenches

After a memorable holiday in the sun, all I can think about is palm trees, turquoise blue water and sun-kissed skin. Unfortunately, since I've been back, I've seen a lot more rain, cloudy skies and gray-toned cheeks than any of the above. I love London, don't get me wrong. The rain has always appealed to me as a kind of a necessity to a romantic Sunday afternoon filled with long walks in Notting Hill, tea and scones at the local coffee shop. But now, I am desperately seeking to make this week go faster and Spring seem nearer than it actually is. Screw the rain, tea and miserable baked sweets. I want a colourful cocktail with a little umbrella in it. I want a sunburn on the back of my neck and some aloe vera to soothe it with. I want some salsa and guacamole. I want a hot and humid afternoon at the beach. But I can't have that so I've got to find a way to survive.

Here's my remedy. Find myself a warm and practical accessory to protect me from the rainy weather. The famous trench coat is the obvious answer. The trench coat will help me find my way and help me last til the much awaited springtime in London. So let me present you with a selection of my favourite S/S 10 zesty discoveries.

The zestiest one of all, the APC trench (to find at Liberty's)

It's short, it's spunky, it's well-tailoured and it's definitely sexy. The detachable hood makes for a perfect rain and shine accessory and you'll love riding your bike in it since there is no excess material to get caught in the wheels of your Pashley bicycle.

My guilty-pleasure and object of desire, the pink Burberry trench, timeless

It's not as pricey as you'd think, though it still exceeds the amount I would spend on a barely-there piece of cloth. At £695, you can look, act and dress the part of a glamazon living in London. Love the pink, it gives the coat a little spice, a little attitude, a little je ne sais quoi.

The wanna-be Burberry trench, the Banana Republic trench coat


For £140, this adorable belted trench gives you the confidence to walk into any room and feel like you're worth as much as the Burberry-clad Emma Watson: 9 million bucks. 

The Comptoir des Cotonniers trench, a far cry from the Burberry one, but a lasting style at that

The baggy hood makes for an air of skateboarder meets Harry Potter and I've gotta admit, I kinda like it. 

So go on, confront the rainy weather with the Brit-style trench coat. It will guarantee a faster recovery to Spring and a long-lasting fashion item to last you for at least a couple years.


  1. My bargain Kaliko trench arrived this morning, so I am well happy to finally have this spring wardrobe staple. The sun was shining, so I wore it down the school, the Down Filled Puffa coat has been too hot the last couple of days.

  2. I'd pick the APC one - good style and cool length. Yay- spring has sprung!

  3. You just reminded me that there was one up the loft. Time to get it out again, yay!! Unfortunately, it's not Burberry.

    I miss the sunshine and the beaches, too :(

  4. Emily, screw the trenchcoats. I think we should just go back to panama. two reasons for this (a) it is still tooooooo cold in NY for me to even try and pull out my Varvatos trenchcoat (see how I relate to your article...kind of) and (b) my skin already all pealed off, i need a new sunburn.

  5. I love the pink trench and the gray with the hood (that whole outfit is fabulous). Have a wonderful week! :)

  6. I just rediscovered my Banana Republic trench that I bought a few seasons ago. I forget I own it and I love it. It makes me feel very classy and stylish. I live for the day that I own a Burberry one!


  7. Completely agree! The trench is a great start to the spring. That Burberry one is lovely but yes, a bit pricey. That's why the BR and APC ones are such great versions as well.

    Alfonso: you could think that the extra layer of burned skin could keep you warm form the new york cold...but I guess not. it's not that cold here in London. The spring is finally near youpi!

    Met Mum: Spring is aroudn the corner and summer is closer thatn you think. Beaches and sun will soon be knocking at your door again and Little L. will be a thrilled little sun monkey again:) x LZ

  8. hello pink trench coat!! gorgeous!! x