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Fash Food Trend Report: The duffle coat never goes out of style

hhendren@herald-leader.comOctober 26, 2012 

Like the peacoat and the trench, the duffle coat, with its signature toggle closures, is one of those classic pieces that has a place in the wardrobes of men and women.

More than sturdy enough to stand up to the fickle weather of fall and winter, it also pairs well with the season's chunky knit sweaters and bold wool and denim pants.

The duffle was worn by the military as far back as World War I British-based Gloverall claims to have originated the modern version for the general public in the early 1950s.

Early wool coats featured accents that included real buffalo-horn toggles and rawhide loops, but styles today are available in an array of colors and fabrics.

Kate Spade offers a women's design in a fashionable bright orange with faux fur neck and hem. The Limited has updated the look with a sporty slim fit and a shorter cut ending at the hip.

For men, a Carven design has a navy felted wool body and contrasting green nylon puffer sleeves. It's $1,500 at Barneys New York.

At Tommy Hilfiger. modern meets classic with a slim fit and the addition of colorblocking with bold red and blue stripes. The coat sells for $448 at Tommy.com.

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Blog: fashfood.bloginky.com.

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