I bought a trench coat last week and it’s been freaking me out. It could just be that I’m in LA and nobody seems to wear anything more formal than a hoodie, but I’ve worn it twice, and I can’t seem to get over how large a garment it is. Fortunately, I watched An Education last night and was reminded of just how fresh the trench can look, thrown on top of a plain, dark suit. (Since I’m not much of a suit wearer, I’ll be trying it with a navy blazer or solid-colour sweater and dark pants.) More importantly, I was reminded of how incredibly good looking that film is – Peter Sarsgaard’s and Dominic Cooper’s wardrobes are endlessly covetable, as are their cars, apartments, art and lady friends. But the guy who really steals the show is Matthew Beard, Carey Mulligan’s ill-fated young love interest; he kills it in his charcoal school uniform, grey button down and dark duffel coat. This film is the perfect example of the power of keeping things simple – a white shirt and pocket square go with everything, as does a black tie and leather lace up. Who knows? Maybe it’s time to ditch colour for a spell.
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