Sporting a trench coat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Renault78law, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Fueled by seeing the jackets in Alfie and Oceans, I recently bought the sweetest vintage trench coat. Superbly slim fitting, double breasted, epaulets, caped back yoke, full skirt, and belted waist. I'm in love with it.

    Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure how to wear it. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone wear one in Los Angeles in all of my 26 years. Anyway, my questions are two fold:

    1) What am I supposed to do with the belt? Would it be most stylish to tie it up in the back (and in what manner?), or fasten it around my waist?

    2) I'm assuming these were originally worn over suits...would it look out of place over jeans and a T-shirt? Or should I stick with slacks and a button-down?

    Like I [embarassingly] mentioned above, I'm going for the Jude Law or Brad Pitt look. Any comments appreciated.
     


  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    sorry, no idea what jud law or brad pitt would do (or why they were ever drag their scrawny asses out of bed to get dressed, for that matter). here's what I do - buckle the belt in the back. where it whenever it is cold enough to require a coat, no matter what you are wearing underneth. a trench coat is cool over a suit and over jeans or sweats. it suggests that you are so used to wearing suits that you don't bother to have a ight overcoat that would be worn with sweats.
     


  3. justlurkingthanks

    justlurkingthanks Senior member

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    Ever since Humphrey Bogart tied the belt (even with the buckle), that's been the way to wear it.
     


  4. stache

    stache Senior member

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    Unless you want to wear it open. Then I tie the belt with a square knot in the back.
     


  5. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    When my buddy moved from NYC to LA, he went to a club wearing a leather trenchcoat, white french cuff shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and grey slacks... needless to say, it was a bit much. I think he got the look from Deacon Frost in the first Blade movie.
     


  6. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Are they Burberry style coats - if so, I might have to dig mine out.

    I have a J.G. Hook trenchcoat that is almost an exact imitation of the traditional Burberry trench - plaid lining, button-out wool lining, camel hair collar, caped back, belt, etc...

    I've had it for at least 15 years, but I rarely ever wear it here in Arizona - hardly ever cold enough.

    When I leave it open, I just let the ties dangle and of course, you just tie them when you fasten the coat.

    Bradford

    P.S. Don't wear it into any adult theatres or pair it with shorts - people will think you're a flasher.
     


  7. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    (Renault78law @ 17 Dec. 2004, 1:10) Fueled by seeing the jackets in Alfie and Oceans...
    Are they Burberry style coats - if so, I might have to dig mine out.
    I'm not sure what a "Burberry style" coat is, so I can't comment. I've been looking for screencaps of those movies all day, but no luck. And there's no way I'm sitting through either of those movies again, so I hope the comments keep coming. Maybe I'll post a pic of my coat sometime this weekend. I think I paid way too much, but I seriously feel in love with the jacket the second I put it on...even before looking in the mirror. A match made in heaven. I'm just a bit leary of looking like the trench coat mafia.
     


  8. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    A Burberry trench coat would be like the one sported by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca... [​IMG] Or Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther... [​IMG] Hope this helps. Bradford
     


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    Alex_O Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the pic Bradford posted or this one. Both make it look sort of baggy. But mine makes clear the way to tie your trench. The best Bogart trench for me was in the Maltese Falcon it was very fitted and probably the movie that made it famous. (I believe it was his first leading role) By the way those of you who are weary of Burberry check out the other traditional British trench maker Aquascutum. [​IMG]
     


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    Horace Senior member

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    Great pic. Aquascutum's good stuff. I'd also suggest dragging the coat through the dust and mud, and possible balling it up and stuffing it in a larger gopher hole for a fortnight. This will give it character and it will drape and wear better.
     


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    That is a great picture.

    I've got a ratty, 20 year Burberry trench which I have faithfully worn throughout the years whenever I get a chance. Have never been tempted to buy a new, updated model. It would take another 20 years to get it right....

    The trench is a classic; you just can't get any better than that, in my view.

    Stylish, versatile, wearable in all weather and with all clothing, and with a fabulous provenance.

    Just bring on the rain, the damp, the fog and Ingrid's reincarnation.

    Or don't they make this kind of woman anymore....?
     


  12. armscye

    armscye Senior member

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    I must disagree with the premise of belting a trench coat behind the back. That's the look of a suburban New York train commuter-- short trench, belted in back, big briefcase. the "film noir" Mitchum/Bogart style wraps the belt around and ties it in front without buckling it, then turns up the collar over a suit. Very world weary.

    Story: I have an extra long Aquascutum so old it's been hemmed and cuffed in tan leather piping. I met a ladyfriend at an airport once wearing it, and she cooed "you look so glamorous, I feel like I'm in an old movie. It helped that it was dark and rainy, of course.
     


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    Mike Senior member

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    Its been increasingly haarder and harder to find one, at least in my experience
     


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    Calling Alexis?

    Please tie the belt of your trench coat in front...

    My trench coat (a long London Fog in sage green) has gotten me through many Ohio winters and rainy seasons in great shape.
     


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