Just In Time for April Showers, a Trench Coat With Some Attitude

This is not your father’s—or Humphrey Bogart’s—calf-length cloak.

Photograph: Courtesy of Nordstrom

A good trench coat belongs in any man’s closet. But make no mistake: like the pea coat, this staple has morphed into something far different than the calf-length, collar-popped, Humphrey Bogart stereotype.

Trenches are shorter now, for starters, the more stylish coats often stopping a few inches above the knee. They’re also meant to be worn closer to the figure rather than the looser look of yore. Neutral colors  still rule, though a much more varied palette has seized the fashion day this year. Salmon, even burgundy or navy blue, can add pop.

I’m partial to this tried and true beige, with some interesting features to freshen the look. This Javelins Double Breasted Trench Coat caught my eye. It sports an oversized convertible collar with leather buckle straps, front slant pockets, and an on-sleeve zip pocket. The adjustable waist belt is removable. The best part? Because it’s made of a cotton/polyester blend, you can throw it in the wash. Talk about a welcomed April shower.

$398 at Nordstrom, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1515

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