Smile in the rain -Style staple #10, the trench coat


The Burberry trench coat is one of those closet staples that grows with you and becomes who you are. I truly believe she’s immortal and will be with me until the end of time. Even then, I’ll probably request to have her buried with me :).

I chose the Heritage Kensington coat instead of the seasonal runway versions because let’s be honest, I can barely afford one so it’s better to have an undying classic. In terms of colour, I had my heart set on “honey” as the hue brings out the trench’s best features. You’ll be able to see every functional design detail like the gun flap, epaulettes, storm shield, and the shield cover in the back.

Couple things I learned when shopping for the coat:

1. The magic word is gaberdine, a special tightly woven cotton invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879 that will outlast years of rain. It’s worth the extra investment as it outwears regular cotton coats for decades to come.

2. Only trust specialty dry cleaners to take care of your coat. It would be a good idea to ask for name of the dry cleaner your local Burberry boutique uses.

3. Never loop the strap through the buckle. It’s worthwhile to learn how to tie the belt at the back the “Burberry” way.

4. Wear it open unless it’s unbearably windy. Part of the coat’s charm is its effortless silhouette and you wouldn’t want to take that away by wearing it all buttoned up.

Here’s a short talk by Burberry’s Creative Director, Christopher Bailey, on what the classic trench means to him.


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