I’ve been thinking about trench coats quite a lot recently, because right now New York always seems to be chilly but not freezing, blustery but not torrential; that time of year when you always need a lightweight jacket of some variety or other, but it’s still too early for a full-blown woolen overcoat. Trench coat weather, if you will. The great thing about trench coats is that they make you feel like Inspector Gadget, they protect you from the elements and they billow out behind you when you’re walking with purpose down a crowded street. This one, by Lands’ End, is particularly handy because it features a removable woolen lining on the inside for those days when you need an extra warmth kick.
We shot these photos on a Sunday in Nolita directly opposite Cafe Gitane on Mott Street. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it for the avocado and/or aioli toast, the people watching and the cute waiters and waitresses in their mid-century French uniforms. Make sure you carry cash, though, because they don’t accept cards.
But back to the matter at hand, I was talking to my Polish friend Ola on Facebook the other day, and Ola wears very good coats — it’s a rare day that you’ll see her walking around in anything less than a knee-length coat of some variety, often appropriated from her extremely stylish boyfriend’s closet. I asked her what she’d wear with a khaki-coloured trench coat, and she immediately answered: “A plain-coloured turtleneck sweater and blue jeans.” So that’s what I did here.
The hat is Alex Mill; the turtleneck is Ermenegildo Zegna, and probably the most luxurious thing I own (it’s 90% cashmere, 10% silk, and I bought it at the company’s sample sale in Auckland about six years ago); the jeans are APC; and the Chelsea boots are from Coach’s brand new men’s shoe collection.
This post was sponsored by Lands’ End.
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