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Trench Coat Weather [Oct. 24th, 2009|08:26 am]
Nicodemus
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Late summer gave up and crept away last week. Fall moved in with its chill and blustery evenings. Time to pull my trench coat back out of the closet.

I admit, I like trench coats. They are convenient one-piece weather protection plus they can hide a bunch of pockets. Above all, though, they can swoosh dramatically.

I don't generally think of myself as a foppish dresser but I do like the way a trench coat can spread out when one is striding purposefully towards an important meeting. I think The Matrix was probably the heyday of dramatic trenchcoats, albeit ones with gathered waists. (Anyone else notice that Neo's trenchcoat is based on a traditional woman's coat pattern?) Dramatic garments then got downgraded again with The Incredibles. ("No capes!") Personally, I always think back to earlier references: those scenes where Sherlock Holmes (the Jeremy Brett incarnation, of course) would grab his top hat and coat and bolt out into the thick, industrial-grade London fog, chasing after a nefarious criminal.

I'd consider a layered Victorian frock coat if that was still socially feasible. Instead, a trench coat works wonders. One can stride in such outerwear. Striding in a windbreaker isn't the same. An anorak lacks potential. Pea coats are too dull and leaden. Snow jackets leave one feeling hollow. Slickers? Don't get me started!



Today's random screed courtesy of the lack of morning caffeine. "Caffeine: OMG! Bounce!" Brought to you by the Caffeine Council of Excitable People.
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[User Picture]From: athelind
2009-10-24 06:07 pm (UTC)
When I was in the Coast Guard, my government-issue pea coat always made me feel like Captain Nemo.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2009-10-24 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have a trench coat that I bought at Goodwill. Unfortunately, I later learned it was a female trenchcoat. I should have known when I noticed it had sewn-in (between the liner and the outer layer) shoulder pads. Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: donkeyears
2009-10-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
I have an Australian riding trench coat. I love the thing especially for when I mount my horse so I can get a good ride off from him. Well that was the reason that my mother bought it for me and gave it to me on Xmiss

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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2009-10-25 09:16 pm (UTC)
That is the coolest monologue on seasonal weather changes I have ever read.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-10-27 04:18 am (UTC)
Why thank you. It just came to me while I was striding along dramatically.
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2009-10-26 03:54 am (UTC)
I love my leather A-2 flight jacket. I just need to find someone to paint some custom artwork on the back.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-10-27 04:17 am (UTC)
Okay, I have to admit, flight jackets have their own special variety of cool. :)
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