3 Ways to Wear: Trench Coats

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Beloved by international spies and fashion insiders alike, the trench coat never goes away. So here’s “3 Ways to Wear” this versatile wardrobe staple:

First, slide on a pair of pretty flats with a dress – any dress! Grab a beret on your way out if you’re feeling really romantic, but never doubt the timeless, understated elegance of a trench coat. Audrey Hepburn famously wore one in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and that’s just the top of the list of classic movie-moments starring a trench coat.

Next, you can personalize your trench. Since standard styles are light on hardware and usually come in classic colors like tan and navy, there’s no need to be shy: Mary Kate Olsen cinches hers with a plain leather belt, but it definitely grabs your eye. So experiment! Bright, embellished, even silk scarves – anything could go with a trench as long as you don’t go overboard with the rest of your outfit.

Lastly…aren’t you a little tired of motorcycle jackets? Trench coats started as military coats, so they’ll always have a touch of tomboy flare. Roll up the sleeves, never button it, and wear with your other downtown-casual favorites like skinny jeans, slouchy tops, and tough boots. You’ll be channeling fashion’s current obsession with classics and minimalism, without losing an ounce of cool.

Oh, and if you’re a guy: Just wear one, please? Because #2 on that list of movie-moments has got to be Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.

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photos from top: Style.com, StandardSocial.com, Isabel Marant Spring 09 on Style.com, and GQ.com.


  1. I love these looks. I really should get a trench coat.

  2. i love all of it! so cute! i have a blue one just like that. i’m on it.

  3. I’ve got trench coats in black, white, and camel. I love the navy blue, though. I wouldn’t have thought to belt it but it’s sooo cute that way!

  4. I don’t think there is a wrong way to wear a classic trench! I have two! One camel, with a flared skirt and the other navy with cropped sleeves. I need to now convince my BF of getting one, I’ll show him these pictures!

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