I’ve always had a massive love affair with movies and cinema. I remember the first time I watched the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Audrey Hepburn wearing the most gorgeous clothes produced by Givenchy. It cemented her as an international style icon.
But it wasn’t those outfits took my breath away; rather, it is what she and costar George Peppard wear in the final scene as she is desperately trying to find a cat—and decide between love and running away, of course: trench coats.
Scenes like that—Humphrey Bogart at the end of Casablanca is another—are why the classic trench has captivated the imagination of so many, including myself. Hepburn dashing about in the rain pays homage to New York and timeless fashion alike. Nothing can ever quite compare to that scene, and men and women from all over have fallen in love with this statement piece because of it.
Minimal, maintainable and easy are what initially come to mind when thinking of the trench coat. What sets it apart from other outerwear options is that it’s lightweight and usually waterproof, so it’s a safe bet for beating the elements of Mother Nature during what can be a tumultuous time for weather (April showers bring May flowers).
The trench coat is a staple that every man needs to have readily available in his closet—and it comes at a variety of price points, fabrications, lengths and more, so it can fit in your spring and, really, yearly wardrobe.
As those showers become more frequent, be sure to give yourself the opportunity to have your own cinematic moment.