French Trench Style

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The rain from Paris fashion week has shifted to New York, and we have plenty of French trench style to inspire us, thanks to Phil Oh. He captured the glitterati donning their best overcoats and stepping up the layering game. Coats over jackets over shirts over knits, anything goes. From avant-garde to menswear inspired, the outerwear staple of the season has never looked better.

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View more Paris Fashion Week street style at Vogue.com.

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Editorial Eclipse: Trench Coat Diaries

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Leave it to The Gentlewoman to create an entire editorial based on one of the most important wardrobe staples, the trench coat. If you don’t already have a trench coat that you love and wear during the transitional seasons, and even layered over wool sweaters and chunky scarves in the coldest months, then you are truly missing out. This editorial proves the necessity of a trench, you can throw it on over almost anything and look put together. The androgynous ease of this wardrobe staple withstands the test of time and is a highly functioning member of anyone’s closet. Get wrapped up in this editorial and scroll down to shop some of my favorite trench coats. trench-coat-diaries-the-gentlewoman-editorial-4-desmitten trench-coat-diaries-the-gentlewoman-editorial-3-desmitten trench-coat-diaries-the-gentlewoman-editorial-desmitten

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Must Have: A Proper Trench Coat

Since our April was so rainy, I realized the need for a proper trench coat. This is a must-have topper when living in a city like New York. An easy throw-over-anything coat that is light-weight, protects from the elements and has the versatility to change your look. When worn open, the trench coat can add a certain ease to an otherwise uptight ensemble. When worn cinched at the waist, it adds a sense of refinement and mystery to your look.Must-have-trench-coat-Charles-Anastase-Samuji-The-Row-La-Garconne-Moderne-Womens-Fashion-DeSmitten

After hours of research, I narrowed down my favorites to the four you see above. While none of them are exactly what I want, they all have elements that I’d like to meld into one.

Charles Anastase Trench // I like the shorter length and simple notched collar, but I prefer a roomier and full-length sleeve.

Samuji Trench // I love the dropped shoulders on this style, it makes it easy to throw over any sweater or shirt, no matter how voluminous the sleeve. I also love that this style buttons all the way up without the double breasted front closure.

The Row Trench // My favorite things about this style are the color and the waxed cotton fabric. With a heavy removable lining inside, this style will get more play than just a spring time trench, which almost justifies the hefty price tag. I also love the simple snap closure belt, although I am not sure how adjustable it is…

La Garconne Moderne Trench // I love the idea of a navy trench, I think it is very french schoolgirl chic, but the cape-like yoke is my favorite part about this style.

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