Flair and flare: Mid-late 1960’s men’s Lord Forecaster trench coat

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.


1960’s women’s trench coat with suede accents

For a snazzy Western take on the tried and true trench coat, this piece by Margaret Godfrey for the Fox Run label doesn’t disappoint.  For visual contrast aplenty, the shoulders and cuffs of this women’s coat are accented with a warm gingery brown suede.  The khaki fabric is particularly striking against the diagonal line on the sleeve and the rounded tab of the swallow-tail collar.  Dates late 1960’s, mini-length skirt section on the coat.  Click here for more views and sizing information.


Handsome Fall Trench Coat Conversation

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.