Words by Nicola Bond

Key Trend Alert - How to tap into this trend and be able to dress up or dress down with a trench

The trench coat is a ubiquitous staple that everyone needs in their wardrobe. This quintessential British creation is a beloved autumn/winter wear for every fashion connoisseur. Though the trench coat had a humble beginning as a lighter overcoat, made with gabardine, for the British and French army during the First World War, it has been through a metamorphosis of sort to become a sophisticated sartorial choice for all; from royals to celebrities to everyday people. The classic trench coat is double-breasted with front buttons, waist belts, epaulets and shoulder straps, usually in khaki colours as an ode to its military origins. The newer versions are more colourful and available in a wider range of silhouettes and textures. 

The trench coat has been reimagined from the iconic beige Burberry coat with its distinctive check pattern on the inside to be more adventurous with the use of a myriad of materials like leather, PVC and cotton, making it more transitional in its use. The cotton trench coat is perfect for the autumn transition. It can be paired with a jeans and tee shirt with ankle boots for a casual look or an evening dress with pumps for a more formal setting. The leather trench coat is perfect for anyone who wants to try a gothic look. The combination of leather coat with leather boots makes for an eye catching style statement. It’s chic but still has an edge to it. Oversized trench coats are in the limelight. One can opt for a shiny PVC silhouette or the trendy two tone trench as seen on the streets of London during Fashion week. Though solid colours like nude or beige will never go out of style; tartan, animal prints and sheer plastic trench coats were all the rage this season. Such bold pieces are best paired with more simple accessories. Let these coat shine and make a statement. The structured silhouette of the trench coat can be played up with feminine pieces like a pleated A-line shirt or a form fitting midi skirt. Pairing the trench coat with a shirt and wide legged trousers makes for a great 9-5 outfit. While this classic piece is mostly seen as refined and formal, one can easily dress it down with a pair of boyfriend jeans and dad sneakers for a more comfortable wear. Though the classic beige and camel coats will always be a favourite, for a chic update opt for a pastel pink or emerald green trench coat. The puffy sleeves trench coat, the 2019 version, has that extra touch of sophistication and femininity with the sleeve detail and it syncs perfectly into any girl’s wardrobe. Play up the femininity of these coats with a favourite dress and stilettos.

The timelessness of this 20th century creation is that its functional and a style statement of its own, that its  beauty lies in how you want to dress it up or dress it down. We doubt it will ever go out of style.