As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am just obsessed with French Style – and the book, Parisian Chic, by Ines de la Fressange. One of my favorite parts of the book is Chapter Two, The Not-so-Basics. She refers to these pieces as the “Magnificent Seven.” The non-negotiable items that everyone must own, the essentials to chic, Parisian Style. I thought it would be fun to do a little series around each of these items. We’ve already conquered the first item… the blazer. Today, we move on to the classic trench.
The trench is a magical piece of clothing. Put it on over whatever you are wearing, throw on a great pair of sunglasses, and you are instantly fabulous. I’ve owned several iterations… a few London Fogs that have fallen apart, a few from Banana Republic and Gap… but two tax-refunds ago, I splurged on a classic Burberry trench. I never looked back. The quality is incredibly better than anything else, and it is sturdy – I know I’ll have it forever. Here are some of my favorites – and how to wear them.