Trench Coats in SoCal?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brycelarkin, May 28, 2016.

  1. brycelarkin

    brycelarkin Active Member

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    I live in Southern California and work in a business causal office. I wear a suit about 2-3 times a month for client meetings and another 5-6 times a year for personal events.

    I'm thinking of buying a Burberry Trench Coat after they came up with the new fit (https://us.burberry.com/the-chelsea-mid-length-heritage-trench-coat-p40108161). I'm writing this post to primarily ask you guys what you think of the purchase?

    I have a 38R chest, 28 waist, and am 6'0". I tried it on at the Burberry store and I think after a little alteration, it'll fit perfectly.

    My plan is to wear it casually when I go out and to wear it to the office (only when I arrive and when I leave).

    I have a light olive skin tone with black hair and am considering getting the Honey color trench.
     


  2. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    Two things: one, a trench coat is fine for SoCal. If Philip Marlowe could wear one, so can you. Two, though, don't wear that one. Above-the-knee trench coats just look stupid. Get a proper length one, that comes below your knee.
     


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    I've never actually considered the long coat length since I'm fairly young (mid-20s), but I'll check it out next time I visit.

    Thanks for the reply.
     


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    Andy57 Senior member

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    What does being in your mid-twenties have to do with it?
     


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    They're more like trench jackets - a type of garment in search of a reason for existing. Like the goose down-stuffed seersucker suit. :)

    Also, the trench "coat" in question looks somewhat feminine to me, although the model and the pose probably exaggerate this. Still, not to my taste, although to each his own, eh?

    That its MSRP is $1795 just makes the whole thing all the more laughable. Were it an item on sale for $39 at Old Navy, it'd still strike me as a mistake, but there are just so many coats so much more appealing to me in the $1000-2000 price range (or even the $200-500 price range) that I find it difficult to fathom why anyone would buy this one.
     


  6. dieworkwear

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    I think fifteen years ago, short trenches were supposed to look more modern (read: younger and trendier). Which is what I assume the OP meant when he stated his age. For some guys, more classically designed clothes look fusty.

    I just think the look is a bit dated, and the slim, short trend is on its way out now. That, coupled with the fact that it rains maybe for two hours per year in Southern California, it sounds like the OP would wear the coat five times before wanting something different. Maybe not that big of a deal for a $100 purchase, but probably an issue for something that costs $1700.

    OP, I think you might want to try something at least mid-calf. It's not only more practical, it also gives a more dramatic look. Plus, it'll feel a little more appropriate with a suit jacket, whereas those short trenches only really seem right with casualwear.

    If you want something shorter, you could try a single breasted mac. I still think those look better when they come at least to you knees, but compared to trenches, they look less jarring mid-thigh. Especially on a guy your height.
     
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