HOW TO WEAR A TRENCH COAT IN LA
"This is LA , for most of the year , you have to pair your coat with tank tops and rolled up chinos so that you have proper ankle ventilation in order to wear a coat let alone a coat with an added trench"
I’ve always loved trench coats . it has an old hollywood , man of mystery , New York city vibe to it . Add a fedora and you’re basically old school James Bond or in a 1930’s Hitchcock film using words like dame and smoking cigarettes for it’s widely known health benefits . But although I love them , it’s been hard to find a way to wear them without looking as if I am about to flash innocent women or as if I’m an angsty teen that’s watched the Matrix too many times . Also , when the trench coat is added with the beard and beanie combo that I rock so often , lets just say it doesn’t lead to an efficient airport experience at LAX .
And this is LA , for most of the year , you have to pair your coat with tank tops and rolled up chinos so that you have proper ankle ventilation in order to wear a coat let alone a coat with an added trench . Thank goodness for the recently rainy 50 degree winter we’ve been having in glorious sunny LA . Temperature is low and the drought “emergency” has been leveled to a calmed and leveled “we aiight for now” . Things couldn’t be better for a boy who dreams of wearing coats with trenches , for a guy who wants to take dramatic noir style photos with an over casted sky and great rain , and for a man who wants to write about his trench coat but is having trouble connecting ideas together .
So here’s how to wear a trench coat in LA . Pick a light weight but durable quality coat . Pick a well ventilated material but with good quality fabric because no one is suspicious of your coat if it looks like your’e not about to rip it off your body and cast it aside . Play with light and dark colors . Wearing all black may seem cool , but you’re basically a walking shadow from the 1930s . And at night , you’re just darkness . a walking head , or a walking mouth if your wearing sunglasses as well . Play with pieces from different style genre’s . Make some bold choices . You're wearing a freakin trench coat .
I’ve paired this dark , lightweight , but durable Everlane trench with this Top Man knitted sweater who’s seen better days . It helps to break up the darkness and suspiciousness . And when worn with sunglasses , a fedora , the grey sweater , and white Nike’s , it helps me to not look like I’m going to audition for a 2017 Matrix Reboot . “Matrix Returns - how Neo got his groove back.”