s Spring approaches, the transitional weather means there’s one timeless staple your work wardrobe is in need of; the Trench Coat. Reinvented every season but always true to its roots, this quintessential British icon is the ultimate tool in effortlessly looking chic. With an easy throw-it-on-and-go attitude, the versatility of the trench coat makes it your ultimate investment piece for spring. It defends you against the cold chill of the early morning with the durable fabric and turned-up collar whilst still being light enough to keep you warm during your morning commute. Whether you dress it up for the evening or throw it over your office suit, the winning formula of a flattering cut and unbeatable protection means it’s your working wardrobe ally.
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To stay faithful to the original cut, Burberry has mastered the art of the Trench. Wear it buttoned and buckled as the design intended. Two classic cuts define these pieces of British history; the modest, knee-length Sandringham, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the shorter Kensington, much like Marilyn Monroe photographed by Earl James in the 1950’s. Updated renditions however can be found as part of Charlotte Zimbehl’s new collection, featuring the Marlene coat as well as her own version of the Marilyn. The Marilyn is lightweight and warm but always elegant, thanks to its Italian gabardine fabric, contrasting with the weighty Marlene, which remains strictly simple in its military aesthetic. A trench is a premium item in your wardrobe, always glamourous with its’s sophisticated tailoring and guaranteed to elevate any chic office outfit.
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Soft & Subtle
For the chilly mornings when you want to cocoon yourself, opt for a relaxed cut made out of a soft, unstructured fabric. Charlotte Zimbehl’s Sienna coat or the Oaklane B crepe Trench coat by Theory both embrace the casual aesthetic with soft singular colours and oversized lapels. The relaxed style is perfect for simply wrapping round a sharp suit or blazer like a cosy outer-shell, topped off with a sizeable wrap.
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In embracing the new, VIKTORIA CHAN and Sandro offer remodelled renditions of the trench coat, playing with shapes and formation. VIKTORIA CHAN’s buckled trench coat has a modified look with contorting straps across the body, giving more flexibility with styling and manipulating the shape. Similarly, the elongated shape by Pleats Please Issey Miyake gives the trench coat a graceful fluidity. Create a sharp and stylish contrast between the two by pairing them with tailored trousers.
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Bold & Beautiful
In keeping your outfit simple, there’s room for pattern in your coat. Look no further than Erdem, the King of Florals and his beautifully modified trench. Ever the embodiment of femininity, nothing celebrates spring more than endless flowers and Erdem’s version of the spring staple is the perfect way to indulge in light colours and playful patterns. For a quirkier approach, the nautical stripes of Karen Millen’s Riviera Stripe coat is an easy option as the pattern does all the talking. Let both coats lead with their striking design in opting for an all-black ensemble, acting as the perfect backdrop.