High Street Vs Designer: Clear trench coats by Topshop and D&G

We’re in two minds about the clear trench coat.

On the one hand, we can see the practicality of such an item. How many times have you planned a great outfit, only to have to cover it up with a coat when it suddenly starts raining, after all? At least if the coat is see-through, you still get to show off your outfit, and that could be a good thing indeed.

On the other hand, there’s something just a little bit “emperor’s new clothes” about the whole idea, and that makes us think that if we did suddenly decide we were in urgent need of transparent outerwear, we probably wouldn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on solving that problem.

For that reason, we think one of these coats qualifies as Daylight Robbery. The other… well, we just wish the other didn’t have such highly visible pockets.

What do you think? Would you buy a see-through coat (or should that be a “shoat”?)? If so, which one would you buy: Dolce & Gabbana’s, or Topshop’s?

15 Comments

  • January 26, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Lets face it – I doubt the plastic is “breathable”, so you’ll end up feeling less than fresh whichever one you wear…

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  • January 26, 2010

    Arielle

    I prefer Topshop’s, except for those highly unfortunate pockets. They spoil what would have been quite an interesting and cute coat.

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  • January 26, 2010

    Hoshi

    Reminds me of those clear little plastic scarves women with permed hair use when they’re caught in the rain- anyone else familiar with this?

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    • January 26, 2010

      charles

      i know exactly what you’re talking about. these ‘trenches’ are basically glorified dollar store rain ponchos.
      .-= charles´s last blog ..Right As Rain: Yesterday’s Outfit & Today’s Outfit =-.

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  • January 26, 2010

    Anna

    Hey guys, they’re not pockets, they’re the ‘model’ ‘s tights Oo

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  • January 26, 2010

    charles

    i really don’t like either them. plastic is cheap & smells kinda yucky and plasticy, and trench coats are so cute in their traditional beige colors (and sometimes in fun colors & pattern combos, why is clear necessary?). See, this is why I love shoes so much, no matter what coat you’re wearing you can always wear cute shoes and show them off 🙂

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  • January 27, 2010

    AJ

    Absolutely not. I don’t need to say any more.

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  • January 27, 2010

    feike

    Clear trench is necessary when you are at an outdoor event where umbrellas are not allowed (or like me, you get tired of carrying them after 3 minutes) but you want something that definitely keeps water away from your person.

    The practicality of such an item above an ordinary plastic rain-poncho is:

    1. It doesn’t float around in the wind, thus side-rain cannot get in.
    2. It doesn’t form miniature folds that gather water, thus when you remove it it doesn’t flood the floor (or yourself).
    3. Easier to put on.
    4. Easier to take off.
    5. Much more durable.
    6. When worn over a simple coat or dress of one color, it might not look half bad.

    So, if topshop lowered the price to say… 25? and I somehow started to trust a store to deliver abroad I might consider buying it since it always rains in Norway.

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  • January 27, 2010

    Kristi

    The D&G trench is what Kurt wore in the slushie episode of Glee! Love it.
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Green Finch and Linnet Bird =-.

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  • January 29, 2010

    maddy

    i would buy topshop`s (looks less S&M) but i wouldn`t wear it.
    .-= maddy´s last blog ..FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU!!! =-.

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  • January 30, 2010

    Ash

    If the Topshop coat were maybe half that price I’d think about it.

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  • January 30, 2010

    JC

    I’m sure I was Kurt wearing the D&G version in an episode of Glee the other day

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  • March 25, 2010

    isabella

    i think it looks absolutely hideous. although it would show off a lovely outfit underneath, it distorts it and takes away from the beauty of the outfit you had planned. it also looks a tad cheap (at least, the top shop version. if i had to choose one, i would take the D&G version a million times over.)

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  • April 23, 2010

    sabrina

    I think the topshop one is absolutely fabulous, like a 60s musical outfit. speaking of which, does anyone know where i could find this? i’ve spent more time than i’d like to admit trying to hunt it down and it seems my fashion-detective skills are hideous.
    .-= sabrina´s last blog ..Sabrina in 12 likes, 1 love and 8 hates and a half-hate, half-love (having just thought of the Cassie video diary). =-.

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  • May 25, 2010

    myra

    I far prefer the topshop version. The D&G is very looks really nasty in my opinion. I quite like the Top Shop one off, not sure how it would look on! I am considering it.
    Anyway, just wanted to tell Sabrina that they’re back in stock at the Top-shop website now!

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