Utilising basics: The Trench Coat

June 22, 2017

In my humble opinion, the trench coat is one of the ultimate staples to have in your wardrobe. It can be used to complement pretty much any look- within reason- and it's versatility makes it a timeless classic that suits all ages. No matter what the colour, the trench coat is certainly a wardrobe foundation. 

 

Here I style this Pull and Bear trench coat- now sold out- in five different ways, for five different days:

 

THE FRIENDS MEETUP

 

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I wanted this look to be simple, clean and easy. I paired a bodysuit and ripped jeans with the trench coat to make it more casual. By rolling up the sleeves and adding white accessories- the (slightly dirty) white trainers and statement sunnies, I made this look more summery, yet still very minimalistic and clean. To top it off, I added a simple choker to keep the look as easy going and effortless as possible. 

 

Bodysuit: Pull and Bear

Jeans: Topshop

Trainers: M&S

Sunglasses: Quay

Choker: Topshop

THE EVENING COVERUP

 

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Maxi dresses in summer are wonderful in the daytime- they're comfortable and keep you light and airy in the midst of heat. However, issues start to arise during the cooler summer evenings. So what can you do to keep those shoulders nice and warm on a breezy summers evening? Throw on a trench coat. The brown tones in this maxi dress were nice complemented by the neutral beige shade of the trench coat, each bringing out the other slightly. I kept the look simple as having too many accessories can be bothersome in prickly heat, so I accessorised with updated gold hoops. I topped off with tortoisehell sunglasses which further picked out brown tones, and some brown gladiator style sandals. The softness of this trench coat was able to keep up with the movement of the maxi dress, so when paring a maxi and trench, keep in mind how 'flexible' the material of the trench coat is so that the look can stay casual chic. 

 

Dress: ZARA

Earrings: Pull and Bear

Sunglasses: Mango

Sandals: Mum's wardrobe

THE ERRANDS RUN

 

So it's the weekend and you know you deserve a lie in, so you cut yourself some slack and don't bother setting an alarm- your natural body clock has your back. Except it hasn't, and by the time you wake up, it's 10.30am and you've already lost some of the day which you needed to get small tasks here and there sorted. You need something easy to chuck on before you leave the house, but what? The answer is the jumpsuit and trench coat combo. The jumpsuit is simple, comfortable and requires minimal effort but looks incredibly stylish. Add a trench coat on top, and you've got a foolproof method of looking incredibly put together for someone who only woke up half an hour ago. I paired my jumpsuit-trench coat combo with a pair of trainers so that I'd be able to complete all my errands without my feet suffering.

 

Jumpsuit: ZARA

Shoes: M&S

THE 9-5 (OR LONGER)

 

For decades (I assume) the trench coat has been used by both working men and women as a workwear staple. Here I've paired this softer trench coat with palazzo trousers and a cami top to create a work appropriate look. Due to the white heels and camisole, this look may be better suited to a more relaxed environment rather than a fast paced corporate one, however, tweaks to the shoe colour and swapping the cami for a blouse would adapt this to be suited a corporate environment too. Accessories should be kept minimal, and so I went for two delicate necklaces, to show off personality whilst keeping within the rigid workwear boundaries. 

 

Here I paired the outfit with a more structured and shorter trench coat from ZARA. The sharper shoulders make the look more business appropriate, and the shorter length would mean it would work well with midi dresses. The fit was more tailored to my body shape, again helping to shape the overall outfit into that of a business savvy and confident person.

 

Top: ASOS

Trousers: ZARA

Heels: Matalan

Necklaces: Banana Republic

Glasses: Cubitts, Prescription Lenses

THE SMART-CASUAL BRUNCH

 

It seems that the people on 'Made in Chelsea' are constantly brunching, so I took my inspiration from both the Chelsea style of dressing, crossed with French Riviera vibes. I paired this striped shirt with more scruffy off-white jeans; the stripes in the shirt made it more formal, but the frayed patches on these jeans contrasted that. As the jeans were not a completely crisp white, it also helped to tone down the look to a more casual level. I added large black sunglasses to fall into play with the french theme, and lastly added my beloved trainers to balance out the smart-casual. The trench coat perfectly played into this, as it's material made it casual, yet it's status as a trench coat made it more formal.

 

Shirt: New Look (Cameo Rose)

Jeans: Topshop

Sunglasses: Mango

Trainers: M&S

 

 

So there we have it! 1 trench coat, 5 outfits! Let me know which your favourite was!

 

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