FORGET THE weather. The arrival of Daylight Savings Time has turned on the spring switch in my head. If my mother were around, we’d hop in the car and head to Loehmann’s in search of a spring coat for me and a suit for her. Those days are sadly gone, but that reflex to shop for a new coat remains.
Although spring toppers in jolly pastels are sweet, I’m in a more practical mood—for a coat that’s not only good-looking but also functional, as in keeps me dry and protected in unpredictable weather. And feeling some closet nostalgia for the trench coats of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Catherine Deneuve in “Belle de Jour.” Although Hepburn’s famous little black dress was designed by the late, great Givenchy, her Burberry trench is as memorable in the film as Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent’s black patent one in the Luis Buñuel classic.
While I’m a sucker for traditional, I’m also open to other options—in shape and style. Like the most stylish anorak ever that Charlotte Rampling wore in “45 Years.” Of course, that could well be Rampling’s famous attitude. But never mind, enough talk.
See the photos above for ideas on classic and not-as-classic spring coat buys.
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