Coat of Charms

In the Trenches: From Burberry to ‘Say Anything’

Whether worn casually, like Lloyd Dobler in the 1989 Cameron Crowe film, or traditionally, as soldiers did back in WWI thanks to Burberry, these celebrities wear a good trench.

Coat of Charms

This year marks 100 years since the British War Office commissioned the house of Burberry to create a coat that would help shield officers from inclement weather on the battlefield. It also marks 25 years since Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), wearing a more disheveled version of the trench, held up a boom box playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in the film Say Anything. But no matter how it’s worn, the coat has since become synonymous with spring style—whether the day is bringing April showers or May flowers. Celebrities and film characters alike rock the British-born trench in all its khaki (and sometimes black) glory. Here are a few of our favourites. Sorry, favorites.

Lloyd Dobler in ‘Say Anything’

It's hard not to get so John Cusack.

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Karlie Kloss

The model’s attempt to distract us from her insanely long legs has...failed.

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Emma Stone

The piping detail on Spidey’s love is, indeed, ‘Amazing.’

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Alexa Chung

Understated cool, as if we’d expect less from this Brit.

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Obviously this Black Eyed Pea has to “Make It Funky.”

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Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca’

Oh yes, “we’ll always have Paris”—and this classic coat.

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Edward R. Murrow

The epitome of a newsman.

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Kristen Stewart

In true Twilight style, she vamps up her Burberry by choosing black.

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Jessica Chastain

She doesn't need any Help rockin’ a traditional Burberry with a bit of flair.

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Jessica Hart

If this model has to be covered up, she done good.

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Kirsten Dunst

“Hat? Check. Sunnies? Check. Incognito coat? Check. Think anyone will notice me?” No.


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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

This Brit’s looking just peachy in her classic button-up.

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There’s nothing dull about the rapper’s gray version of the trench.

Clémence Poésy

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about this Frenchie ensemble.

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Alexander Skarsgard

Again, another vamp goes dark.