HANNAH TEARE

The Trench Coat is a key staple in my wardrobe. I love its sum of parts; the buckle cuffs, storm patch, hooked collar, belt and double breasted buttons. It works in all seasons as you can layer it up or strip it back. For me the Trench particularly shines in Autumn when we are transitioning in to shorter days, the weather is not too cold - though temperamental - and the leaves are turning.

Nowadays there are so many styles and colours of Trench to choose from many are a reworking of the original form, the sleeveless, the dress version (see Duchess of Sussex!) cropped, deconstructed …. Personally my favourite remains a classic trench - here are a few of my favourite ways to style…

THE LADY

Style the classic trench with head-to-toe tonal pieces. A monochromatic look is a really effortless way to be smart without trying too hard. I usually go all navy however all black (for much of the fashion crew) is always the winner!
There is a real sharpness to the silhouette. Styling it with flats, especially in the navy, is a chic nod to Parisian style. It is a fail-safe look for smart weekend strolls and lunches, meeting future in-laws, potential flight up grades, and a ‘fall back’ outfit for meetings where you cannot gauge how smart to dress.

 

I usually go all navy, however all black (for much of the fashion crew)
is always the winner!”

 

THE PANELLED CLASSIC

This trench from the Current AW collection in Daks is an updated classic with hound’s tooth panels. I love a print on print combination and chose knee high striped snake boots to add a bit of sass. The longer length meant I could sneak a shorter hemline underneath whilst still feeling covered!

 

“It is a fail-safe look for smart weekend strolls and lunches, meeting future in-laws, potential flight up grades, and a ‘fall back’ outfit for meetings where you cannot gauge how smart to dress”.

 

THE OVERSIZED CLASSIC

Going up a size (or ladies swipe from your chap!) is a really fun way to work the trench. It also means you can take the trench deeper in to your winter wardrobe by layering with a thick cashmere jumper. Add a chunky scarf, or here in this case, I have joined three of the same style together to create much more length and impact. For more of an undone feel I would style this with casual trousers or smart track pants and a clean sneaker.
This is my ‘go- to’ run around town femme-boy look.

In summary, I would say trench is never wrong. It is a much loved and worn item in my wardrobe. One can never have too many – long ones, cropped ones, old ones, new ones, there is a way to work them for every occasion even thrown over a ball gown or a pair of pyjamas!

 

“For more of an undone feel I would style this with casual trousers or smart track pants and a clean sneaker.
This is my ‘go- to’ run around town femme-boy look”.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY - AMELIA ALLEN

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