Most Fashionistas, including myself, often look to classic movies and glamorous Hollywood darlings as fashion inspiration. In my book, one fashionable actress stands above the rest — Audrey Hepburn. The classic silhouettes, memorable dresses and easy accessories she favored on and off the camera have ensured her status as a fashion icon for decades. One of my favorite cinematic moments is the desperate search for Cat at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that results in a wonderfully romantic scene with George Peppard. Stumbling through New York, in the rain no less, Audrey Hepburn looks impeccable in a belted Burberry trench coat.
Similarly, this Fashionista conveyed an air of effortless chicness as she strode through campus on her way to class. Her belted trench coat took center stage, allowing just a peek of a striped dress. To rev up the style of the neutral, knee-length coat, she opted for bold accessories in the form of a pair of striking tangerine platform heels, floral-rimmed sunglasses and a sturdy leather backpack. Combining multiple textures adds dimension to the lightweight coat.
To emulate this Fashionista’s look, simply pair a neutral trench coat with your choice of statement accessories. I would opt for a pair of heeled booties, a large tote and a pair of circle shades. Because a trench coat typically ends just below the knee, the cut can be unflattering. Pairing heels with this look will elongate the legs and prevent the coat from looking unattractive.
If you prefer to make a louder statement with your outerwear, there are several options that will amaze. Burberry Prorsum’s metallic trench coats are not for the timid as their reflective colors will undoubtedly draw attention. The Valentino Studded PVC Trenchcoat has a high price point, but if there was ever a reason to splurge, this is it. Its clear PVC protects against the elements and shows off your outfit unlike an opaque coat while the studded trim adds a fearless edge to this classic silhouette. With these styles, keep the accessories minimal as the coat speaks for itself.
I can’t promise an iconic moment in the rain, but a trench coat will definitely add a bit of glamour to your outfit and possibly your day.