Next on our list of influencers to watch out for is the LA-based blogger Jennifer Capunitan, whose love for fashion comes backed with the style musings of an insider in the entertainment business, whether it was as brand manager of Grey’s Anatomy actress Aniela Gumbs (Zola Grey), script specialist for the Conan O’Brien show, or a producer for Burger King commercials.
With all this and more on her plate, Jennifer makes for the perfect case of someone who always finds time for their passion—in this instance, her blog, TheModernFemale.com. We caught up with her to find out what’s the one piece that would be central to all her wardrobe choices this Autumn-Winter 2017.
Over To Jennifer
Never underestimate the power of the timeless trench coat. As much as society wants to downplay its powerful influence, fashion has and will continue to have a significant impact on our culture. From the stock market to the sale rack, fashion influences folks from various backgrounds and demographics. Since the beginning of time, there have always been trending pieces that sometimes prove to be recurring fads, while others fade away after 15 minutes of fame. Among these, you will find wardrobe staples that have stood the test of time and continue to be as much in vogue today, as they were decades ago.
Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia once said, “If you look back in the history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends.”
Trends are fun and can “spice up” our wardrobe to bring variety to the standard basics, but it’s always good to have pieces that are the “pillars” of your personal style.
And one very important one among them, I believe, is the trench coat. Particularly during the Autumn-Winter season, it’s a great addition whether you’re wearing a £1,000 suit or a pair of tattered blue jeans and a white t-shirt underneath.
A Trench Coat For Every Size & Shape
One of my favorite trench coats that I have had for several years is by DKNY. It’s nothing glamorous or special, but its versatile beige colour and lightweight material pairs perfectly with the majority of outfits in my closet.
Even in terms of finding one that’s figure flattering, there’s so much to choose from with trench coats. You can play with the length (longer to elongate your frame), get busy with checks to accentuate your petite frame, keep it subtle in black/beige to camouflage your wider sections, and opt for the material density that’s best-suited to the weather in your country.
The Original Trench Coat
The trench coat was originally designed by two British luxury clothing companies, Burberry and Aquascutum, during World War I. Aquascutum claims that it began designing the trench coat in the 1850s, but the trench coat became an important, versatile coat for British officers when Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design of the upgraded trench coat for an Army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901.
The trench coat was modified during World War I to include shoulder straps and D-rings, which was for the attachment of rank insignia and weapons. The term “trench coat” was started by soldiers on the front lines and many military veterans returned to civilian life after the war wearing their trench coats, which soon became a fashionable trend for both men and women.
I think it’s amazing how ingenuity and necessity truly influence the fashion of our cultures, even allowing a military coat to become a classic wardrobe necessity 100 years later—it’s simply amazing.
My Top 6 Trench Coats For AW17
When getting creative with my wardrobe, I try to include classic pieces from iconic eras of the past 100 years—trench coats, boots, jeans, bohemian pieces, nouveau silhouettes, florals, stripes, etc. Your pick from the lot should be dictated by a sense of occasion, style, flair, season, and functionality. Given the cooler temperatures, rain and winds, the AW palette of beige, grey, blue, and black, the trench coat ticks all the boxes perfectly.
So, whether it is a warm September day or a cooler November night, dig out that timeless trench coat to add a layer of warmth, style, and history to your look.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Maison Rabih Kayrouz Techno & Silk Satin Trench Coat, £2,604
Asos Skater Trench Coat, £55
Burberry Balmoral Trench Coat, £550
Elisabetta Franchi Coat, £284
Annarita N Twenty 4h Coat, £177
Karen Millen Classic Trench Coat, £299