Weather Vain: Memphis, Tennessee - 54 and Partly Cloudy

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Beale Street, Graceland, and some lovely weather—here’s how to take full advantage of Memphis on a rockin’ day like this one. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The ideal in-between weather trench from Jenni Kayne.

+ An Alexander Wang bag in a blushy pink that would fit right in at The Peabody Hotel

+ Notify jeans that would be totally unaffected by BBQ stains.

+ Earrings, by Cold Picnic, that are chill enough for a late night at The Cove (with a whole bunch of oysters).

+ For a meandering stroll through Midtown: a pair of Thierry Lasry sunglasses.

+ Pour La Victoire wedges sturdy enough for some after-dinner bocce at Hog & Hominy.

+ The kind of Base Range tee you can-slash-should wear anywhere, any day of the week.

More outfit ideas (and travel tips) right here.

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Never had a hankering for a sleeveless trench (or, really, knew such a thing EXISTED) until spying this Steven Alan one. —erica

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Go Way Back: Trench Coats

You know what’s upon us? Yes, pumpkin spice latte season—but also FALL, the perfect time to dry-clean that trench of yours and read all about its long, storied history. —bea koch

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The Origin: Well, both Burberry and Aquascutum claim they invented the popular jacket—and trace their initial designs to the late 1850s. But in 1901, Thomas Burberry designed an army officer’s raincoat out of his schmancy new invention: gabardine, a fabric that’s both lightweight and water resistant.

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The Evolution: During WWI the military raincoat got a big ol’ makeover—we’re talking shoulder straps, D-rings, and larger pockets that all benefited the soldiers wearing them in the trenches. And, yes, this is also when they got their name. Above, a British officer does his best blue steel.

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Starting in the 1950s, trench coats get super-fashionable—especially on movie sets. See: pretty big-deal movies Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Casablanca.

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Even cartoon characters got in on the fun: Tintin, Inspector Clouseau, Dick Tracy, Commissioner Gordon—the list goes on.

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Why should movie stars have all the fun? Nineties rockers like Kurt Cobain and Rick Astley get in on the action and work the classic look—with, you know, some edge. image

The Right Now: Yah, you can get a trench anywhere these days, but Burberry still rules the roost. Heck, the co. even has whole website dedicated to showcasing people wearing them.

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Next Level: Patterned Trenches

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While there’s no arguing against having a klassic khaki trench in your arsenal, why not get a little crazy and add a zany, patterned one, too?  Four that’ll add some novelty to your spring getups. —erica

LEVEL I: Yes, it’s camo, but Kelly Wearstler's shades-of-gray approach keeps things very easy.

LEVEL II: The cut of this Boy by Band of Outsiders number couldn’t be more standard, and the map-print sleeves would make Carmen Sandiego grin ear-to-ear.

LEVEL III: Alice + Olivia does a snake print that’s more subtle than it is Samantha Jones.

LEVEL IV: There’s a lot happening—brushstroke motif, black leather accents, drapey collar—and somehow this jacket is still really chic. Nice one, Yigel Azrouel.

It’s “Next Level” madness around here.

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Weather Vain: Paris, France - 52 With a Chance of Rain

Even when it’s rainy there, we’re itching to be in Paris. I mean, we aren’t fools. Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing if we were so lucky today. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A black Hope button-down that, with its asymmetrical hem, is so much more.

+ A glam Kelly Wearstler cuff that will make you even more bummed that you missed The Sporting Project's latest pop-up dinner series (a good reason to book another trip!).

+ The sort of easy necklace by Gabriela Artigas that won’t get in your way in the French Trotters fitting room.

+ This Gryphon trench will keep you dry..and motivated to make the walk to La Pâtisserie Des Rêves.

+ Nothing’s wrong with a little flash—especially in the form of these stroll-ready, Marais-friendly Dieppa Restrepo shoes.

+ Try not to empty this Clare Vivier wallet at Merci. Just do your best.

+ Iris & Ink leather pants the color of the wine that’s bound to fill your belly.

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In Character: Felicity Porter

To claim that Felicity Porter—she of Felicity—had good style would be like saying her love life was super straightforward. But she did pull off a certain look, combing those Palo Alto roots with her University of New York surroundings in a way that worked with her wispy frame and big ol’ head of hair. (Yes, yes—she eventually cuts it all off. KEY PLOT POINT.) Here, three pieces as key as that goddamn tape recorder. —erica

A crunchy turtleneck sweater from Philosophy di Albera Ferretti, in a size big enough to fit Noel.

An unstructured Organic by John Patrick trench that can be tossed on whenever Ben is in the mood for a 2a chat.

A rich brown leather Alternative backpack with room for inorganic chemistry textbooks and files swiped from the admissions office.

Click here to get plenty more “In Character” where this came from.

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Sacai Spring 2010

I like fashion with a little humor. Or maybe this is only funny to me?  I don’t know, I think it’s kind of irreverent to say to your viewers, “Yeah, I couldn’t decide between a blazer and a cardigan so I went with both. And also, yeah, I did like the idea of a trench with this shirt dress, so I put them in bed together and out came this. What of it?" Chitose Abe sharpened her skills with Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garçons, and as far as I’m concerned she can continue to create these ridiculous lovechildren of fashion basics for seasons to come and I’ll continue to appreciate her brand of fashion funny.

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