How to style a classic trench coat
The trench coat has never gone out of style – and it never will. This fashion basic will see you comfortably through the seasons, from autumn to spring. If you prefer to keep it totally classic, look for a trench in tan or khaki. There are many lengths available, but the standard look will see your coat hit an inch or two above your knee. Any longer than your kneecap and it can make you look short, and even a bit messy. Wear it with straight-legged or slim-fit trousers for a simple silhouette, or go for a skirt that's a bit shorter than the coat itself. A silk scarf with a fun print is an excellent way to finish this look.
Trenches with a modern twist
The classic trench coat is always a popular choice – but there are new, modern versions of this garment that will bring it into the 21st century. Keep the silhouette the same, but look for different fabrics. Leather gives a trench an edgy twist, while denim is a fresh new way to update the style. Suede will give you a unique style that's totally your own. For a look that hits the sweet spot between girly and hard-edged, try a lace trench. Alternatively, you could go for a trench with an all-over print; some even have oversized logos that make a statement. While the classic trench has a double-breasted design, you can find modern versions that keep the basic style, without buttons.
Choosing a trench for every season
Your trench coat should be a good choice for days that range from mild to chilly. In cold weather, keep it buttoned up and be sure to tie the belt to give yourself a neat silhouette. When the days are a little warmer, you can still keep your trenchcoat. However, you may want to leave it open. If you're going for this style, try fastening the belt loosely at your back, letting the straps dangle behind you. This creates an exciting, dramatic look that is reminiscent of a TV detective! You could even roll up your sleeves for a more relaxed look. Warmer days are a great time for experimenting with length, too: a cropped trench is a fun, unusual jacket that looks great with your favourite jeans.