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Trench Coat options

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TauKappaEpsilon, May 9, 2012.

  1. TauKappaEpsilon

    TauKappaEpsilon Well-Known Member

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    I know there are several threads on this already, but I haven't really been able to find what I'm looking for.

    I'm looking to buy a trench coat sometime this summer and I really like the Burberry Gabradine coat because its not to long, its thick, which means I could wear it for outwear as well as rain, and I really like the DB belted design. My problem is, being only 20 years old and having a job in the summers, I dont know if I want to spend $1200 on it. I was wondering if any of you could recommend some other trenches that are made from a heavier material, are DB with a belt, and (oddly enough) I need it to have a very strong collar that wont flop around in the wind.

    Thanks a lot SF.
     
  2. AndyMG

    AndyMG Well-Known Member

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    In the UK, Burberry have shops at several retail outlet villages. They sell the trench coats at a large discount (40 50%). I don't know if you have anything similar where you are?
     
  3. TauKappaEpsilon

    TauKappaEpsilon Well-Known Member

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    I actually ended up finding a good sale at Bloomingdales and bought the jacket today. I got a Burberry cotton gabardine 3/4 length trench.

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    Shoulder fit perfectly, however, the waist and sleeves are a bit big. I'm going to bring it to the tailor on Saturday.
     
  4. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

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    This length on you makes you look like a woman. Return it and buy a proper length one just below the knees.
     
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  5. Ivon

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    Ouch. Didn't mince your words MoL. I agree with you on length, the classic Burberry trench has been around for a century and really hasn't changed much in all that time. I do see short trenches on about every other young woman in the financial district these days, MoL speaks the truth. Get a classic one and it will probably last you decades. I recently got one for a song on the B/S, I'm kinda thinking it nay outlast me.
     
  6. greger

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    Not set in stone because clothes are ever changing as wants and preceptions change. If you were right would we be wearing clothes like Mose? Or, tighes and a code piece? Or, maybe, those pleated shorts? Or, those flowers, butterflies, etc. ? Do we really want to get traped in the past?
     
  7. MyOtherLife

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    Not every man can pull off this length of trench. Before price comes fit.
    Does this trench length compliment this particular young man? I don't believe it does. Somehow it hangs off him in an unflattering way.
    Perhaps leaving the belt undone and tucking the belt ends into the pockets will be a quick fix and give him a better line.
    Also, for everyday wearing the collar should stay down unless it is actually needed (wind, rain, etc).
     
  8. Stirling

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    Agreed.
     
  9. TauKappaEpsilon

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    I agree its a little big. The shoulders fit so I bought this size, all the has to be done now is the sides need to be taken in pretty dramatically.

    About the "classic" trench. Although the "classic" trench is a full length trench Burberry to "modernizing" their trenches and going for a new look. Slimmer, and cropped. If you look on their website, you'll see that the majority of their mens trenches are now shorter (just a few inches about the knee).

    I will update this when I have it tailored. I'm sure it will look great.
     
  10. New Shoes1

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    That is true, but it does not mean that it looks good on you. I cannot put my finger on the reason why, but MOL is right, this looks very feminine on you. Maybe a single breasted trench coat without the belt would look better on you if you insist on getting something cut above the knees.
     
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    agreed with the above comments. undo the belt, because as is, it gives you too much of an hourglass figure.
     
  12. TauKappaEpsilon

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    In my opinion, the part under the belt sort of puffs out like a dress. That'll be fixed very shortly. Also, remember that I was wearing a Tshirt and chinos so with a blazer and tie it'll fit slightly better.
     
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    I do agree on the length, it will look nice on woman not a real man.
     
  14. TauKappaEpsilon

    TauKappaEpsilon Well-Known Member

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    How does it look now?

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    I know you all think it is too short, however, keep in mind that I purposely bought a cropped coat so I can wear it as outwear also. Disregarding the length, does it seem to fit better now? Thanks for your cooperation SF.
     
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    The flareout at the bottom has been diminished substantially in this picture -- I think that was the main thing that made the coat look just a little off. Of course the sleeves still need to be taken in.
     
  17. New Shoes1

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    Better, but I still think that coat looks very feminine on you between the belt and the length.
     
  18. Frankie22

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    Looks good imo, get it taken in and you are off to the races.
     
  19. knoll45

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    That length looks silly on a man. Better get a longer one.
     
  20. dieworkwear

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    I'm unclear how else a coat can be worn, traditionally designed or otherwise.

    Like everyone else, I think the coat looks like a summer dress on you, and you should return it.
     
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