Three Ways to Style a Trench Coat

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Classic, timeless and elegant, is there any situation in which a trench coat wouldn't work? With this crazy cold snap we've been having in the UK lately, a cover up is essential, and trenches are perfect for adding that extra layer while still looking spring-like. I've owned a few variations of them in my time - different lengths, different colours, etc - but my favourite will always be the classic beige trench coat, like this one from Jack Wills. And, just to show how versatile it really is, I've put together three entirely different looks for you, all based around the same coat. Enjoy!

Weekend Wear

Three Ways to Style a Trench Coat - Weekend Wear

Trench - Jack Wills, Jeans, Blouse - Topshop, Shoes - River Island, Bag - Zara

The trench is incredibly classic, so with all my looks, I've tried to compliment that by introducing a few trend-led items without going over the top. Hence the gingham top here, combined with the frill detail on the sleeves, embroidered mules (how beautiful are they?!) and the let-down hems on the jeans. For me, this is the perfect casual Saturday outfit. Relaxed and comfortable enough for wandering round the shops, and cute enough to feel nice in when you stop for lunch somewhere.

Date Night

Three Ways to Style a Trench Coat - Date Night

Trench - As before, Dress, Shoes - Zara, Bag - Kurt Geiger

A trench isn't necessarily the obvious choice for a night out, but why not? I think it would look great thrown over this gorgeously girly, embroidered Zara dress. I also quite like the way the strappy heels pick out the colour of the coat's lining. As for this Kurt Geiger bag, it's a work of art! It's not super cheap, but it's a lot more affordable than a real designer number, and did I mention it's beautiful?!
Nine to Five

Three Ways to Style a Trench Coat - Nine to Five


Trench - As before, TrousersShirtBag - H&M, Shoes - River Island

When I used to work in an office, this was exactly the sort of thing I would wear. You could switch the fashionable frilled trousers for classic cigarette pants if you wanted to, but I kind of like the subtle way these add a modern edge to the outfit. The bulk of this look comes from H&M, which I used to love back when I needed a "corporate" wardrobe as they have so much to choose from and it's all so affordable. 

Are you a fan of the classic trench coat? Which of these looks was your favourite?

Kate x

This post was in collaboration with Jack Wills. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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  1. I love my trenchcoat. I own a classic one with floral inlay and a bright orange one that is not a true trench, but has a similar cut. Perfect to wear on grey rainy days.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Both sound great! I used to have a vivid green cropped one from Zara and I wore it to death! x

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  2. A good trench coat is such a staple for spring. Love all three looks you came up with!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  3. I have an olive green trench and can never figure out how quite to style it!
    Thanks for this post!!

    K A T E L A T E L Y || Fashion + Lifestyle Blog
    http://www.katelately.co

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    1. An olive green trench sounds gorgeous! X

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  4. I'm still yet to own a classic trench coat like this one (which is beautiful!) I've always had my eye on the Burberry trenches but a girl can dream on because they're so pricey! This is such a lovely post & I LOVE each outfit you created/the pieces you picked out, especially the Zara dress in the Date Night edit, so pretty!

    Xo Gemma
    Sunday Somewhere

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    1. Thanks so much Gemma! How amazing would a Burberry trench be?! X

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  5. Yess girlie! I'm obsessed with ALL three looks! My personal favorite would have to be the second look... it would be so perfect for the current springtime weather! <3 Would LOVE for you to check out my new Mother's Day post! :)

    XO Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/fragrance-favorites-for-mothers-day/

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  6. Literally perfect, I love every look! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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  7. I LOVE trench coats, especially for this time of the year. The transitional months definitely call for a good trench. I love how you've styled these outfits, my love!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx | http://wwwtheperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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    1. Trench coats are a saviour at this time of year! Thanks Mollie. x

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  8. Those H&M trousers in the last look are fab! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I didn't think I would like trousers like this at all, but these have turned my head! I quite like the understated take on the trend. x

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  9. I love this Nine to Five look! So elegant and so simple.

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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  10. I have so many trenches - I love your outfit suggestions.
    Especially love the embroidered mules/slides in the first outfit!
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

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    1. They're gorgeous aren't they? Really tempted to get those! x

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  11. Such a great picks, I really love those trench coat!


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  12. I think that trench coats are one of those pieces that will never go out of style and this post shows just how versatile they are. I seriously love the date night outfit and it styled with the dress.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. Thanks Rachel - I agree, trench coats will always look good! x

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  13. The date night look is so cute and chic~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

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    1. Thanks Vivian! I think that one's my favourite as well. x

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  14. These are amazing styling tips :)

    ❤️ Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // Instagram

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  15. The gingham Topshop blouse you've featured in this post is SO perfect Kate, I love it! Trench coats can be a total lifesaver at this time of year, when you don't know which way the weather is going to go :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. It is a lovely top - I actually haven't bought much gingham yet, although I do love it! x

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  16. The last outfit is my favorite! I love a good professional outfit.

    insta | bloglovin’

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    1. You can't beat smart, comfortable work outfits! x

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