Our Style Director's Guide to Wearing Your Trench

There’s nothing quite like the trench coat. Thomas Burberry created the style during World War I for British soldiers, and it’s certainly come a long way from its origins. But aside from its fascinating history, what makes the trench so special to me is its versatility. No matter your style type—bohemian, classic, feminine—there’s always a way to rotate a trench into your look, and usually with pretty flattering results.

So when I came across Everlane’s version (it’s so good guys), I decided to assemble a quick-and-easy guide to making the most out of this wardrobe staple. Scroll down for four looks you can wear now, and if you like them you can shop them, too!

#1

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Jenna Peffley

Nothing brings me greater joy than pairing a Breton striped shirt with blue jeans. The classic combination is effortless and polished, and when paired with a trench it gives off major French vibes. 

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Jenna Peffley

To make it feel a little different, I scrunched up the sleeves and accessorized the look with of-the-moment glove heels.

What I'm Wearing: Everlane Trench Coat ($175); Kule Classic Shirt ($118); Levi's jeans; COS heels.

#2

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Jenna Peffley

As temperatures drop, layering becomes a necessity. Unfortunately, the slimmer sleeves on trench coats don’t lend themselves to multiple outerwear pieces, so my workaround is the leather moto vest. I paired the two with a crewneck sweater and my favorite culottes and pumps for an easy, office-appropriate look.

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Jenna Peffley

A leather moto vest transitions seamlessly from day to night, too!

What I'm Wearing: Everlane Trench Coat ($175); Veda vest and sweater; Cos pants; Marc Fisher LTD Tammy D'orsay Pointy Toe Pumps ($160).

#3

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Jenna Peffley

One of my favorite street style trends as of late is the white tee upgrade. I love seeing this simple piece styled under splashy dresses and jackets, which is why I decided to test out the look with my ruffled slip dress.

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Jenna Peffley

I draped the trench coat over my shoulders to give it more of an elevated feel, and accessorized with a pair of loafers for a masculine-meets-feminine finish.

What I'm Wearing: Everlane Trench Coat ($175) and Modern Loafers; Toit Volant Flore Dress ($158); Babaton Scout T-Shirt ($40).

#4

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Jenna Peffley

Just because the weather calls for a trench coat doesn’t mean your outfit has to look gloomy. I tucked a striped turtleneck into a white A-line mini skirt and layered in a fitted denim jacket, creating an outfit that I’d wear on a date, out to brunch, and beyond. I accessorized with a pair of fishnet tights and Chelsea boots for a touch of edge.

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Jenna Peffley

Leave all but one button undone for a dynamic layered look.

What I'm Wearing: Everlane Trench Coat ($175); Earl Jean jacket; Massimo Dutti Ribbed Sweater ($90); Zara skirt; Wolford Twenties Fishnet Tights ($48); Dune London Parrys Chelsea Boots ($149).

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Would you test out any of these looks? How do you style your trench coat? I want to know! Leave your thoughts in the comments.