In The Trenches: Spring 2012 Fashion Forecast

Trench Coat
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The first day of spring was last Tuesday and this Sunday we head into April. That means it’s finally time to start shedding some layers and lightening up our outerwear. Trench coats have long been a women’s spring fashion favorite; they keep us warm on the cooler days and dry on the rainy days (you know, April showers bring…). While, the classic tan trench is a perfect option for this time of year, some styles and silhouettes can leave us looking like we raided the wardrobe closet of either McGruff The Crime Dog or a 70’s melodrama detective. With vivid brights being such a prominent part of the spring 2012 fashion palette, lots of brands and designers are adding graphic color to the typically neutral trench to give this outerwear staple an unexpected update. We’ve found some great options for you to check out here.

For over 18 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring the world the season’s most important color trends. Their spring 2012 fashion color report notes that the “Top 10” hues for this season include vivid brights, along with soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012


Get Entrenched In Color

Wearing a colorful trench coat is a great way to add drama and style to your overall wardrobe this season. So, let’s take a look at some great trench options that beautifully showcase a few of spring 2012’s most fashionable colors.

Juicy Couture Printed Cotton Twill TrenchSodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue that brings order and calmness to mind.

This Juicy Couture Printed Cotton Twill Trench features this dependable shade of blue in a bold graphic print.

Retail price: $202.99/orig. $289.99





Lands End Pattern Sunshower CoatSolar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

This Lands’ End Pattern Sunshower Coat provides a jolt of energy.

Retail price: $74.99/orig. $110.00





Boden Rainyday MacMargarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow.

Boden’s Rainyday Mac in Apple Provence gives a bright, striking spin to the classic trench coat.

Retail price: $178.00




Burberry Short Check Trench CoatScintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red.

Burberry, the British luxury brand that is most famous for its iconic trench coat, brings us this newest, short version in a sophisticated, deep hydrangea check pattern.

Retail price: $795.00




Coldwater Creek Rainflower Belted TrenchNatural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Starfish, a perfect warm spring/summer neutral, complements all the colors featured in this season’s Top 10.

This Coldwater Creek Rainflower Belted Trench offers the perfect neutral base to carry the spray of its overall, pastel floral pattern.

Retail price: $79.99/orig $149.95



  • Thia

    You don’t need rain to wear these! Very cute, I am already placing my order.

  • Anne

    Wow! Who knew that a trench coat could be so stylish. All of these samples make me want to get rid of my old London Fog!!!