Thinking About the Summer Trench

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by Leandra Medine
June 9, 2014
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Sure, you don’t need one, but if you want one, I totally understand

I really like fall and spring — I get to wear light jackets in the former without needing to take them off or put another one on and during the latter, once the novelty of walking outside sleeves-free wears off, all I really want to do is strike the perfect over-garment balance of cool and appropriate. (If such a balance even exists.) (But also, I use the word “appropriate” very loosely.)

In the past, the closest I have come to this approximation has been via a leather jacket (which has consistently proven itself suffocating and torturous past June) and a utility jacket (recently, the thrill of wearing one has warn off for me if it does not look like a bonafide safari coat, one that either Eliza Thornberry would have worn or another that could call itself the top-half of a cargo-suit). This season, I want to highlight the importance of a summer trench.

Underscored here are three different versions I have accrued in the last, let’s say, year that serve different purposes but not necessarily different functions.

Starting with the slouchy fit, linen-cotton blend Acne jacket, replete with elastic drawstrings and exaggerated sleeve buckles, this trend coat is one I call the Cool Kid Trench. It creates the illusion of coolness though as dissected last week, we know very well is just an illusion.

Paired with it are ivory leather culottes by Adam Lippes, a grey t-shirt by Zimmermann, gladiator sandals by Rebecca Minkoff, two arm scaves by Anna Coroneo and sunglasses by Mykita. If I were to wear this somewhere indoors, I imagine I would not take off the sunglasses and then explain to people that “I’m so cool, I won’t even talk to myself.”

The yellow silk robe-y trench coat, which hits close to my ankle, seems to play the role of spectacularly futile which, of course, makes it the most remarkable and indulgent of the group. You absolutely can’t get it wet and if you are to leave sweat rings on it, you best commit to said rings. It’s styled with a striped t-shirt from Zara and white JNCO-style pants by Rosie Assoulin. I’m also wearing a barrette in my hair which makes me feel ten years younger. It’s by Ana Khouri.

I might show up at your doorstep wearing nothing but the trench later.

Just kidding.

And finally, iteration numero tres features a trench coat that you can and should actually wear on a day like today when the sky is projectile vomiting water. It is very lightweight so I imagine it was intended precisely for the purposes outlined in this post (e.g. comfortably wearing a summer jacket). It’s paired with an old Proenza Schouler t-shirt you can probably find on Yoox or The Real Real and vintage Levi’s jeans. The mules are Chloe and make me feel like I am quinceanara bound.

Approximate your own summer look using the handy dandy shoppable bars and then send selfies and call them #trenfies.

REPLIES
  • marinacasapu

    The 3rd trench is perfection!

    • http://blogaboutdesign.com/ B.A.D Blog About Design

      I love the 3rd trench as well. But I’m also digging the fruit scarves. So cool.

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  • Debbie Iles

    Love your style. Just made a fabulous rayon kimono style jacket in yellow. Completely pointless until the weather cools off in several months but I still love it and will no doubt find a pointless reason to wear it unnecessarily.

    • Leandra Medine

      I say just crank up the AC.

  • Aubrey Green

    These trench coats remind me of the Trench that Carrie was wearing when she went to the Hotel because Aiden was being too loud, Big shows up and they start their affair. I LOVE that trench.

  • Natali

    That 2nd outfit is everything and to have trench in your wardrobe is a must!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • Quinn Halman

    You get cooler by the day, Leandra

  • http://Mysmallwardrobe.com/ Carelia

    I find el numero tres very versatile!! I love the color and length. You styled them in a very unique and chic way. I am personally loving the classic trench coats by Burberry, but maybe one day I’ll be able to afford one.
    xo
    Carelia

    STRIPED OVERALLS…blog post at:
    Mysmallwardrobe.com

  • Yvespink

    I really adore your style so unique and different
    http://yvespink.wordpress.com

  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I admire the simplicity of the first trench; it’s like a blank canvas. I especially enjoy the two arm scarves you’re sporting. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • Joe Lupo/Jesse Garza

    The acne jacket is perfection! Also in love with this chic white Moncler one, especially when paired with Margiela sneakers on a rainy day: http://visual-therapy.com/blog/stylist-advice-what-to-wear-on-a-rainy-day-for-each-style-type/

  • Mariah

    I have to say that I love the first look the most. It is completely fabulous and out there. And the shoes are to die for. The last trench coat has to be a staple in any woman’s closet. It’s structured and a neutral color. A timeless staple.

    theatricalitybymariah.blogspot.com

  • Madeleine Holth

    Can you stop being so darn stunning. I feel so basic!!

    haha, anyways loved this !

    xoxo

    http://www.madeleineholth.com

  • Amyzz

    You guys should do a post on “swag pants”/ sweatpants

  • Caroline Y

    One: cool, personal, breezy, sophisticated. Two: yak. Three: booooooring.

  • http://okaythanksmaria.blogspot.com/ Maria

    First look is my fave, second is not my fave, and third seems most widely accessible. Yes? Okay. I am very supportive of your support for the summer trench. Another Good Idea.

  • Cyrena Monique

    I love the style of the lemon one but I can’t with that colour. The third one is my fave by far, but then I do love the loose fit of the first *shrugs* C x

    http://letmeseeyourwears.com

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  • http://monsemble.ca/ Mon

    totally agree, its a new must have! i’ve been seeing some summer trenches on my morning commute, perfect for that cool 8am air.

    mon | http://www.monsemble.ca

  • María

    The mules from the last look. Incredible!
    No words! xx

    http://marysreturn.blogspot.com.ar/
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  • http://www.yourdoseofcoffee.com lulu

    Love it <3

  • Lovey Fleming

    So cool darling! You are a fashion rockstar! xoxo

    http://livobeautiful.blogspot.com

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Love a good summer trench, Medine. You look divine.

  • claudia
  • Ajnira Muminovic

    I loved every second of this!!

    majnira.com

  • http://modelab-by-n.blogspot.cz/ MODE LAB EDITOR

    Wow. It looks cool. never been thinking about wearing a trench in summer! Great idea!

  • Andres Poiche
  • Valikabu

    Wow!

    Magic!

    I love your outfits – especially the first one! It is really inspiring. Thanks for that! :)

    Inga
    http://valikabu.blogspot.com

  • Nico

    Your are so much stylish!

    The best way to wear WHITE(30 OUTFITS) on lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

  • Marta Pozzan

    Finally someone that does trenches like a man and not girly and all preppy, rocking it!!

    • Leandra Medine

      #actlikeawomantrenchlikeaman?

      • Marta Pozzan

        Yes!!! #actlikeawomantrenchlikeaman

  • http://trendsurvivor.com/ TRENDSURVIVOR

    I like your scarf bracelets! Inspiring…

    x Nina

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  • http://twitter.com/wanderlusstt raíssa galvão

    #trenfies. I’m dead.

  • Autumn Venegas

    I just bought this one at HM, http://www.hm.com/us/product/25482?article=25482-B
    looks like I wont be wearing it for awhile though, because the temperatures are all ready close to 110 F where I live! Spring did not exist.

  • Roxana Zegan

    the first outfit is one of my favorite things i have seen you wear! you get a stand up ovation from http://wolfandpaper.tumblr.com/

  • Mary

    Quinceañera*

    Work that spanish gurl!

  • Colleen, Alix

    Hey I totally need a trench even though I live in Miami I think trench it’s soooo elegant and finished perfectly a look! I want it intemporel to wear it everywhere anywhere…
    Could be my Summer piece to buy…
    http://www.blushandbeyond.com
    Alix

  • http://www.eyeseeeuphoria.com Eye See Euphoria

    Love the outfits and the sunglasses are nice! See blog for a chance to win sunglasses.

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