All hail the all-weather trench. Trusty, chic and completely transitional, it warrants a place in every woman’s wardrobe, come rain or shine. Whether you stay true to its timeless form or are willing to give it a twist, this outerwear icon will always have you covered.
Sophisticated, weatherproof and light enough to layer over even your weightiest of knitwear, the trench coat sets the standard for form-meets-function. Step outside in one on any given day, and you’re stylish and dressed for every eventuality. As for standing the test of time, it passes with flying colours, having graced the shoulders of everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung. What more could you want from your wardrobe?
Fit is key. All too often prospective buyers get thrown off by the length, but the trench holds equal weighting in a shorter cut. Treat yours like a jacket and layer over trueblue jeans. Those looking to make maximum impact should go long – after all, a trench that hits the ankle has the power to make an outfit, regardless of what lies beneath. Team with laidback silhouettes – a wide-leg trouser with a pristine white trainer peeking out adds an effortlessly cool touch.
Although undoubtedly en vogue for spring, beige isn’t for everyone. Those wary should opt for the richer likes of tan, navy or khaki – more universal neutrals that look good on pretty much anyone. Forgoing that, there’s always black – not often the unexpected choice, but in this case a fresh alternative that fares well for evening too. If you’re open to a little more experimentation when it comes to your outerwear, look to print, texture and embroidery to lend further flair to function. Choose wisely with finishes that won’t date, such as plaid or subtle details like contrast stitching.