If we were to bestow high school superlatives on our favorite wardrobe items, we’d name our little black dress Most Outgoing, our pair of lace-up stilettos would get Cutest Couple, and the coveted Most Dependable award would be granted to our trusty trench coat. While other wardrobe items may be more flashy or fun, the trench coat remains a closet cornerstone that always feels current.
11 Fresh Ways To Wear Your Favorite Trench Coat Now
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But even the most classic staple can use a seasonal refresh, which is why we’ve culled an inspiring selection of tastemakers showing off updated ways to wear the jacket. And if you don’t own a trench yet, don’t fret! Click through to find a thorough shopping section that runs the gamut from basic khaki to a wild printed number, so you can find your own “Most Dependable” to add to your closet.
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Harley Viera Newton
Want to show off your dress while still highlighting your figure? Take note from the model/DJ who belted her Burberry Prorsum trench (similar style here) to emphasize her waist, but left it unbuttoned so her feminine silk frock wasn’t hidden.
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Think a tan hue is your only choice? Think again. Delevingne stepped out of the beige box with a claret red patent Burberry Prorsum Laminated Leather Trench Coat ($3595) at the label’s S/S 14 show.
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The deep green hue of Monroque’s Isa Arfen coat is almost as versatile as the classic beige, but feels a step dressier for an evening event like the launch of Estee Lauder’s perfume, Modern Muse, in New York last month.
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Wilde’s slightly cropped Burberry Prorsum Short Cotton Sateen Trench Coat ($1995) trench she wore to the brand’s S/S 14 show creates an ideal proportion for petite women.
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Take advantage of the look’s classic vibe to balance more daring elements in your outfit. At the Carven S/S 14 show in Paris, for example, Perminova wore a Celine trench to ground her extreme gladiator heels.
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Mija of Mija
While not the most weather resistant, the sweatshirt sleeves on the German blogger’s sold-out Alexander Wang trench makes it feel thoroughly modern.
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Trench coats don’t have to skew casual. At a cocktail party in London, the Brit “It” girl wore her trusty Burberry Prorsum trench (similar style here) over a dressy lace ensemble for a sophisticated evening look.
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If you consider yourself a feminine girl at heart, refer to the Australian model’s Upper East Side look for inspiration. Her Burberry Prorsum Mid-Length Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat ($2,195) was the perfect complement to preppy staples, like Ferragamo bow flats and a ladylike Louis Vuitton bag.
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A trench makes the perfect topper for a minimalist outfit, like this stylish civilian’s monochrome ensemble.
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Choies Denim Oversize Trench ($94)
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Sam Edelman Double Breasted Wool Inset Trench Coat ($121)
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Ruche Endless Possibilities Trench Coat ($50)
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J.Crew Icon Trench In Wool-Cashmere ($350) in Cabernet
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H&M Trenchcoat ($60)
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A.P.C. Double-Breasted Trench Coat ($635)
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ASOS Vila 2 In 1 Trench Coat ($89)
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Nicoletta Colorblock Felt Coat ($1198)
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M Missoni Digital Camo Trench Coat ($627)
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Thakoon Addition Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Blend Canvas Trench Coat ($790)