How to Style a Classic Trench Coat, 2 Ways

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Trench coats may be on the rise in the fashion scene, but chances are you have one in your closet from years past. It’s a timeless staple that is versatile but also functional — rain or shine. Here are two ways to style this cool weather essential.

Sleeveless Trench

Trench coat

A simple LBD under a sleeveless trench (similar version here) integrates modern and timeless qualities, and it’s an outfit you can repeat with either heels or flats.

A sleeveless trench makes a great staple for every season; you can wear it over a sleeveless dress, a cap-sleeve tee and jeans, or a long-sleeve tunic top and leggings. As pictured above, the comfortable and casual look of a black shift dress, leopard flats and a black leather tote works for the office or even a lunch date with friends.

Styled Trench Coat

For the second look, I wore a pleated sheath dress just shorter than the length of the trench coat. Texture adds interest to an otherwise neutral ensemble. I completed the look with nude, black and cream heels, a black tote and a polka-dot umbrella, just for fun.

black and beige

Leave your trench open and untied to allow more creativity with what you wear underneath. Black and beige is a favorite color combo, but a deep aubergine, bright cobalt or rich ivy also make excellent combinations. Whichever style you choose, a water-resistant trench coat might be the smartest choice.

Depending on the length of your trench coat, you can also wear it fully buttoned with a good pair of pumps, or, if it’s raining cats and dogs, wellies! If your trench bells a little at the bottom, go for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.

How are you styling your trench this fall?

Photo credits: Gabe Liesemeyer

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