Is it weird that I'm thinking of trenches when we're in the midst of summer? Not when the weather forecast this week calls for rain. I love the idea of a short trench: it combines the polished chic of a long trench coat with the sporty ease of a jacket or blazer, and it looks particularly charming with trousers and jeans. Zara's spin on the short trench uses a smooth mid- to heavy-weight cotton that feels much more expensive than its price tag, and it features all the earmarks of a classic piece of outerwear. Think shoulder epaulets, burnished buttons, double-breasted styling, a belt and a back vent. Yes, not bad at all for under $80.
Double-breasted raincoat ($79.90 at Zara)