Put some flair and flare together and you get this: A very trench coat for the discerning man with an eye to style. Strong diagonal lines and small checking keep the eye moving. Lightweight trench is still a good weight for the rains of spring, and a cut of coat like this works well with skinny-to-flared or just plain skinny pants. Pair with some great Oxfords or ankle boots, maybe a hat, and let the gazes fall upon you! Click here for more views and sizing information.
The poncho: An ancient yet ever-recurring clothing trend of Central and South America. There are several variants on the idea, but the genius of the design is simplicity plus functionality. Some ponchos are worn with the points down in the center front and back, but this is worn as a rectangular shape and covers more of you from the elements. With accents of red, maroon, and yellow against black, white, and gray, this can be worn with a variety of colors and styles. Click here for more views and sizing information.
Face the elements with confidence in this smart 1960’s men’s coat in a fetching warm curry brown color. This wool coat is fastened with one small collar button and four larger buttons in brown and features jaunty, dynamic visual design such as slash pockets and slightly curving lines. Fully lined in satiny quilted fabric. Another quality piece from Oregon’s own Pendleton company, with wool from Oregon sheep, with a style that translates to anywhere! Click here for more views and sizing information.
Greet the cooler weather in this radiant red — dare we say vermillion — shawl wrap in soft fringes of crocheted yarn. Click here for more views and sizing information.
This vintage windbreaker shows how much outerwear has changed over the last few decades while making an unusually bold visual statement using muted colors: Rust and khaki. Definitely a piece for those who are tired of the same old same old with nylon in electric blues and acidic yellow-greens! Click here for more images and for sizing information.
The weather lately, at least here in the NW, has been erratic. I mentally geared up for Fall a few days ago, dreaming dreams of wool ponchos and lace-up boots. But then the sun came back out. Oh well. We know that Fall really is around the corner and with customers buying serious rain-proof trench coats, I thought it appropriate to see how the runway designers are interpreting chillier temperatures with their Fall 2010 lines.
Interestingly, my favorite trench spotting was completely vintage-inspired. The layered look below is from Nicholas K. I love the French nod with the leather trimmed wool beret and sailor striped lace-up shirt. The push-up pants are more mature than typical sweat pants with their color blocking shapes and the tough leather lace-up work boots are perfect for Fall’s shoe trend. The trench though, pulls it all together. It’s a great take on the modern style lines of classic three-quarter length vintage trench coats. And this jacket is special – it was designed by Nicholas with thoughtfulness for anyone living in rapid-change climates or folks who just need to have chameleon clothing; the hood and sleeves can all be detached.
Our vintage trenches are sturdy and element-proof come rain, sleet or snow. One of the better labels we see is Dryza-Bone, out of Australia. Made from 100% cotton but given a solid coating of oilskin to make them as waterproof as a duck, they come in an array of earthy tones, have lots of pockets for all your goodies and are the most study outdoor jackets I’ve seen. Plus they tend to have these great extra flaps of fabric to cover raindrop-vulnerable areas to ensure you stay dry as a bone. Very Nicholas K. but with an outback attitude.