Trench coats have become synonymous with polished, effortlessly put-together style. Vogue has called the trench “one of those rare items that pairs well with any situation.” Which explains why its immensely popular in real life and on screen. A recent Vogue article praised the trench, specifically the version by Burberry which originated the style, for being wearable by anyone and a refuge for the trend-weary. When the latest must-have clothing item goes out of style, a trench is timeless.
A trench isn’t only the go-to overcoat on a rainy day. It’s the perfect jacket for spring, too. The temperatures here in Lawrence, NY have been hovering in the low to mid 50s. While trench coats have earned a well-deserved reputation for being classic, their look hasn’t stopped evolving.
The Trench Coat Cape
The winning detail here? An arms-out alternative to wearing a traditional jacket. When you don this trench style, you’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris during Fashion Week. This version is from White House Black Market. Currently on sale for $200, it’s the perfect choice for windy spring afternoons. Another favorite in this category: The shorter, all-cotton trench cape from J.Crew (see below), which is on sale for $140, is more of a jacket than a coat. The gingham-lined cape is terrific for the leftover April showers in May.
The Linen Trench Coat
Nothing says spring-summer like linen. And this long, slouchy trench coat from H&M is every casual dresser’s dream. Plus, it’s machine washable which only ups the coat’s easy-breezy wearability factor.
The Colorful Trench Coat
Who says trench coats have to be khaki (or some other neutral color)? Don’t underestimate the power of a trench to provide a pop of color. The Joan Rivers All About Color Water Resistant option at QVC is affordable (87 bucks!) and a great piece to add to your springtime rotation. Wear the orange one with denim, hot pink or navy. Wear the turquoise one with khaki, white or basic black.
The Patterned Trench Coat
Bring on the prints! And there’s no need to shy away from them. This slim fit trench coat on StyleWe is sleek, versatile, and eye-catching. Wear it to upgrade your weekend wardrobe for running errands. You’ll be delighted at how many compliments you’ll get when you pair this trench with a white v-neck tee and jeans (boyfriend, skinny, boot cut—any style!). No heels or fancy shoes required.
The Swing Trench Coat
A swing-hem coat is feminine and dainty in all the right ways. Anthropology scored a winner with this beautifully tailored navy style that has the perfect hint of worn-in elegance.
The Trench Coat Vest
With Target’s chic military-style sleeveless duster, layering can be just as fun in the spring as it is in the fall.