5 Essential Vintage Items for Your Closet

A Trench Coat

There's something mysterious and so very chic about a trench coat -- which makes sense because they were originally made for soldiers during World War I. A buttoned, belted, and collared topper helps pull together any look, and it's practical in almost any climate. A khaki Burberry coat is the crème de la crème, but if you'd like to give the look a personal twist, try a cropped version or one in basic black or a brighter color. You'll love the finishing touch it adds to any outfit, whether worn over a little black dress for a holiday cocktail party, or tossed over jeans and T-shirt to dash out to the coffee shop.

Now you know how it should look, but how should it fit? A trench coat should fit in the shoulders and flatter your natural waistline, or you'll end up looking like you're starring in a spy movie.

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