Monday, March 22, 2004
Fashion Forward: Trench Coats
They're the season's hottest trend come rain or shine. Trench coats are not only fashionable, they're functional too. Here's 7's Shireen Sandoval to take us Fashion Forward.
You don't have to be an international spy or a private detective to wear this spring's hottest fashion statement -- a trench coat.
Gabriel Venegas of the Gap says, "Your trench coat is definitely in for spring. It comes in a variety of colors. They're lightweight. They're durable. They're great for the rain, so it's a must-have."
At Gap at Dadeland Mall, they're really digging trenches and so was I.
They're no longer just black or beige -- the classic is now up to date in a rainbow of color for spring.
"Now it seems like color's popping out everywhere," Gabriel says. "Green, green is definitely an 'in' color, and so is pink, so if you want to go with color, go with green or pink this season."
At Gap, you can also find trench inspired jackets.
For a more polished look, wear it with a matching hat...
Your favorite jeans...
"Is this the way people stand?" asks Shireen.
Or all by itself.
But remember, leave the streaking at home.
"What do people wear underneath?" asks Shireen.
They're singing in the rain at Bloomingdale's... Here you can ditch the umbrella and pick up a trench instead.
Top designers like Burberry...
And theory are putting their own twist to the look.
Allison Bass of Bloomingdale's says, "It's not just for cold weather. Trench coats are really popular in South Florida because of the lightweight fabrics and they're very comfortable."
For a Fashion Forward look, buy yours big... and don't buckle your trench... tie it in a knot or a bow instead.
Wear it as a dress, or dress it up with heels... a matching bag... or pearls.
"You can wear a trench coat with a mini skirt," says Allison, "or you can wear it with jeans. You can wear it with a dress. It's a very chic and tailored look."
So forget the pashmina, ladies. You don't have to suffer anymore to look good and stay dry this season.
"They're cool, and they're perfect for the summer, and you're going to see trench coats into the fall season as well, " says Allison.
Designers like Valentino have taken the look into night, with a dressier trench made in satin.
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