The M&S Coat I've Wanted for Months Is Back in Stock—5 Ways I'm Styling It Now

It was September when I first laid my eyes on this particular piece—a sleek faux-leather trench coat from Marks & Spencer. In my collection of saved outfit ideas, a leather trench coat kept cropping up, and finally, I had found one that was not only incredibly chic but a seriously reasonable price tag considering the elevated style.

But, as happens more often than not when a great new piece hits the high street, in a flash, it was gone. The great thing about fashion is that the very best pieces often tend to come back around, and luckily for me, M&S has just had a restock of the Faux Leather Belted Trench Coat (£89) that's been on my mind for months now. This time, I won't let it slip through my fingers. 


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In my quest to shop more considerately, there are a few rituals I now go through before adding an item to my basket. First, how timeless is it? Any piece that gets added to my wardrobe has to be able to transcend moving trends and earn its spot in my collection for years to come. And in this case, with its versatile colour, classic trench design and a cool edge from the faux leather, this coat definitely fits the bill. Second, how would I wear it? There have been many pieces I've adored, but if something doesn't work with my personal style, then it'll inevitably be relegated to the back of my wardrobe, alongside the mismatched socks I've never found the time to pair up.

That's why I'm here—to show exactly how I plan to style this faux-leather coat throughout winter, spring and autumn for many years to come. You might find that you already have the pieces required to re-create some of these outfits, as that's the brilliance of a capsule wardrobe. But if you spot a piece that could bolster your daily outfit builds, I've shopped out my finds for extra ease. 

Before I run to checkout, here are five ways I plan to style the M&S faux-leather trench. 

5 Ways to Style the M&S Faux Leather Trench Coat 

1. Trench Coat + Classic Tee + Denim Skirt


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Style Notes: A denim skirt, be it midi or maxi, has become a modern staple within our wardrobes. Just like the trench, it's a versatile piece for pretty much any occasion. For a minimalist look, I'm pairing it with other tried-and-true pieces, such as a classic white T-shirt and knee-high boots. And to add a little fashion flair, I'd sling this expensive-looking scarf around my neck to pull it all together. 

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2. Trench Coat + Striped Knit + Tailored Trousers


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Style Notes: It wouldn't be a Who What Wear UK outfit build without a stripe, and this H&M knit looks so premium that I did a double take. For a smart-casual blend, tailoring and Breton stripes are always a safe bet, alongside classic loafers and a sleek tote. The trench is a nice way to tie together the contrasting textures and add a polished finish. 

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3. Trench Coat + Black Top + White Jeans


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Style Notes: I've stuck to monochromatic pieces for this elevated evening ensemble. From work meetings to cocktail evenings, this simple yet effective combination is one I know I'm going to rely on for a long time to come. 

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4. Trench Coat + Wide Jeans + Trainers


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Style Notes: On most days, a cosy knit with jeans and trainers is my outfit blueprint, so naturally I had to test out if my new trench could be the transitional outerwear piece to replace my wool coat as the weather gets brighter. I can confirm that it passed with flying colours. 

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5. Trench Coat + Knitted Dress 


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Style Notes: See—I told you this coat was versatile. For a sleek evening look, a knitted dress has become a firm staple of mine, plus some heels for literal and figurative elevation. The length of the trench suits the long silhouette of the dress, and paired with a classic black bag and your favourite jewellery, this is a really easy look to throw together. 

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Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.