When Thomas Burberry designed the first coat specifically for WWI soldiers fighting in the trenches (hence the name the ‘trench’ coat) in 1914, he would never have known how iconic and popular his coats were to become.
The trench coat is synonymous with style and sophistication, adding a polished look to even the most casual outfits like jeans, a tee shirt and ballet flats. Of course, for a French chic look, the tee should be a striped tee like the Breton style.
Winter/Spring 2017 is no exception with the trench coat being one of the essential items to have for the season. The trench is perfect for trans-seasonal wear over a light top or tee and a silk or cotton scarf for Autumn and layered over a knit and wool scarf for Winter.
I have three trench coats I have had for years. A classic bone coloured trench from Sportscraft, a red trench from Target and a gorgeous emerald green trench from Portmans.
A trench is one of those pieces in your wardrobe that you can wear in every situation you can think of. Wear it to work over a suit, dress, skirt or pants and shirt or top. Casually over jeans and top (as mentioned above) or on a night out over a dress, wide leg pants and a sheer top.
If your bank balance doesn’t stretch to a $2,595 Burberry trench, we have sourced some gorgeous trench coats from around the net for you. Our favourite is the trench coat from Portmans (below, second from right). It is a steal at $149.95 and it will last for years:
From left: River Island Belted Trench Coat, ASOS Classic Trench Coat, Portmans Basic Trench and Jack Wills Trench Coat.
From left: Boohoo Lois Belted Wool Look Trench, Golden Years Trench by Sacha Drake, Wite Urban Trench and Vanessa Belted Trench.
If you would like some more ideas on how to wear the trench coat and a lot of other fashion and style ideas, head over to our Pinterest for some inspiration.