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In this post, I am going to show you my favourite casual trench coat outfits and how to style a full-length trench coat.
Spring is officially here and we couldn't be happier about it: after this long and sad winter, we definitely needed some sunshine and positivity.
The lockdown restrictions will be soon lifted and we can finally go out again!
I have learned a lot of things about style and fashion during this past year of staying at home: the most important is that I want to be comfy. Not just while lounging in my flat, but also when I go out.
I have always prioritized comfort while building my capsule wardrobe, however, I realised that some of the items I have no longer serve me well.
For example, I will certainly use less my skinny jeans and my fitted tops, where before the pandemic, I was wearing them almost every day.
This spring I want my capsule wardrobe to be stylish yet practical too.
I also want to make the most of the items I already own without purchasing anything new.
That's why I put together some great outfits that show off our clothes but at the same time that will maintain the same cosiness we got used to.
To do so, I am going to be using the perfect outerwear piece for spring: my cotton trench coat.
I bought it second hand on eBay last autumn and I already had a lot of wear out of it. It was by far the best bargain I ever made since I embraced the slow fashion movement: it was in pristine conditions and its oversized fit is perfect for me.
If you are looking to buy a designer trench coat or just a cheap trench coat, I highly recommend you to consider pre-owned. One of the best websites for branded items is Vestiaire collective and they currently have a huge selection of pre-loved trench coats.
A maxi trench coat is the best way to elevate my everyday outfit while being comfortable as it is a practical piece that will protect me from unpredictable weather and make me look put together at all times.
What is the best fabric for a maxi trench coat?
I believe that you can't go wrong investing in a gabardine trench coat.
Waterproof materials are a better choice for parkas or raincoats.
How to wear a trench coat
The first outfit is a clear example of the evolution of my style:
My long trench coat, casually thrown over one of my everyday sporty looks.
That's how I roll daily: leggings, sweatshirt and trainers with the addition of bold jewellery to give the impression that I made an effort.
Navy is one of my favourite colours for spring, and it works amazingly with my core neutrals: beige, tan and grey.
I really like the contrast of a light piece of outerwear over a total navy outfit.
When I feel in the mood for a pop of colour, I just keep my outfit neutral and add an item or two in a subtle shade.
In the picture below I am wearing a baby pink jumper that goes very well with the beige and cream of the rest of my clothes.
I usually rely on accessories to brighten my look a little bit and make it more interesting: in this case, I opted for my beloved khaki camera bag and my face mask.
Same classic trench coat, same green knit vest but two different outfits:
In the first outfit, I paired the light trench coat and the knit vest with a black shirt and skinny charcoal jeans and black accessories for an edgy vibe.
In the second outfit, I opted for my comfy straight leg, classic wash jeans and an oversized shirt in a matching colour paired with tan accessories for a more professional look.
These two outfits are perfect for cooler, rainy days typical of British spring when you still need some warmth and protection from the elements.
A very relaxed combo for a warm, sunny day: light blue shirt, jeans and white trainers.
This is a comfortable outfit suitable for everyday activities such as school runs, grocery shopping and so on...
Add a couple of details to make it stylish and modern: roll up the hem of your jeans to show a little skin, put a flattering red lipstick on, a pair of cool sunglasses, layer your bold jewellery pieces and you are good to go!
Since I embraced minimalism, this is the outfit I have been wearing the most.
It is a no brainer look that will save your day when you don't know what to wear.
You can always add a jumper or a sweatshirt to your shoulders in case of a sudden change in temperatures.
Similar to the look above, I just swapped the jeans for a denim mini skirt.
This look is inspired by French women style, which I adore. They always manage to be on point even when wearing a casual outfit.
It is actually very easy to replicate this look with what you already own.
That's how it's done:
Pair mini skirts with flat shoes (never heels!), add a long outerwear piece like a maxi trench coat to make the proportions balanced.
No need for a full face of makeup: naturally glowing, well-moisturised skin (they are super careful and diligent with their skincare) with the addition of red lipstick is more than enough.
Must-have accessories: sunglasses and a rattan/basket bag and jewellery.
That's their secret recipe for an impeccable Parisian look and indeed I think this outfit looks very fresh and effortlessly chic.
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Shop here the best trench coat for you:
Brown trench coat - Everlane
A great choice for warm skin tones. It is also a smart colour option as it will be perfect for autumn too.
Khaki trench coat - La Redoute
Green is very strong in fashion right now and it can be a scary hue, however, it is super trendy and versatile as it works amazingly with neutral colours.
Cream trench coat - Mango
The most appropriate colour for spring: admittedly it is a risky shade for those who spend a lot of time commuting or outdoors but if you choose a cotton fabric it is easy to wash in the washing machine.
It goes easily with most colours and it is a great choice as a first trench coat.
Camel trench coat - Arket
A darker shade of beige is practical for everyday life and it will always stay on-trend.
Longline trench coat - Monki
A black trench coat is the best choice for those who don't want to wash it too many times. It is also a smart alternative if you already have the classic beige colour.
Male trench coat - Uniqlo
If you prefer a clean cut and a tomboy vibe, this dark navy trench coat is the way to go! Simple and minimal, it is a perfect choice for those who are on a hunt for a timeless, no-frills coat.
Looking for a fitted trench coat or an elegant trench coat? Leather could be the right option for you.
A leather trench coat is perfect when it is raining and for the coldest spring days.
Leather trench coat - Next
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