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STYLE IN FOCUS: THE TRENCH COAT

27.01.17

We pay homage to the ultimate in classic outerwear and look at how best to layer it for now

Kick-start your foray into spring dressing with the ultimate in transitional outerwear, the trench coat. Classic in silhouette but cut from a softer, more lightweight fabrication that lends itself well to thawing temperatures, spring’s iteration is the only cover-up you’ll need come rain or shine. Soft shades stay in the spotlight and add to the overall versatility, so we’re in favour of styling this piece with just about any outfit. Here, we look at how best to wear it as we make the transition from winter to spring.

TO TRAVEL

Long travel days call for effortless dressing: enter easy layering. Whether you’ve scheduled a fleeting weekend get-away or you’re booked on that much-anticipated longhaul flight, you're likely to encounter a change in climate that can be overcome with our favourite fuss-free outfit addition. The trench offers that welcome layer in transit but it’s lightweight enough to fold up into your hand luggage or drape over the backseat of an uber. Style it with similarly languid layers, starting with a silk-front T-shirt as your base layer and adding a soft crew-neck knit to cosy up. Wide-leg tailoring fares well if you’re travelling with work but make soft denim your go-to for more casual occasions. A patterned scarf will complete the look.

WITH BARE LEGS

With the launch of a new collection comes an inclination to dress for warmer climes, albeit perhaps prematurely. But can we really be blamed for wanting to embrace a fresh new aesthetic? Perhaps the best way to nod to the promise of spring is to make like the style set and ditch those opaque tights that have been staving off the chill all winter long. A balance in proportion is key here and that’s where that all-important trench coat comes in. Mini lengths and bare legs become wholly appropriate when teamed with oversized knits and long-length outerwear silhouettes so whilst it’s fine to show a bit of skin at this point in the season, be sure to think about the outfit as a whole to save from seeming a little too far ahead of the game.

FOR FASHION CREDENTIALS

Whilst we’re celebrating the traditional sensibility of the trench coat, there’s also potential to create a look that’s wonderfully fashion-forward with this season’s more contemporary iterations. Cropped silhouettes typically capture a relaxed sensibility but worn buttoned up and belted at the front, they reference the SS17 runway’s utility focus in a polished manner. Layer them over a simple T-shirt and wear them with jeans and ankle boots both indoors and out, making the jacket the focus of your look as opposed to an addition.

FOR EVENING

The beauty of sleek, neutral hues is not only that they work with a host of varying colour palettes but they also translate as well to evening occasions as they do to day. Offset all-black looks with a soft, neutral trench or wear it to soften the impact of a printed shirt and leather leggings. If winter’s bite is still in the air, a faux-fur stole makes for an indulgent addition.