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April showers equal trench coat season 

It rained again today. How do we weather the storm and look well styled on days like today?  The real fashionistas from London to Kent, or where ever its raining today, know with glee that April showers equal trench coat season.

Every one should own a trench coat.  It is a wardrobe staple and perfect transitional wear, taking you from Autumn to Winter or Spring to Summer.  Yes, I have a penchant for trenches and own three.  A short loose fit one for my mum on the school-run days.  Then a longer black trench for nights out. Thirdly, my Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany’s immortalised trench, from American Vintage. This is a sophisticated but tight fit. The snugness gives an instant slimmer silhouette and a crisp appearance. This is my go-to trench when styling clients, personal shopping or when going to wardrobe detoxes.  It ticks all the style boxes, so is ideal for my personal brand.

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American Vintage Classic Trench

But how do you pick a trench?

Here’s some tips to get you out shopping, lest you miss out on this seasons must-have item!

Firstly, when picking a trench coat feel the weight of the fabric.  It should be crafted from durable and heavy cotton gabardine.  An easily wrinkled trench will give you that just out of bed look. Not good.  Opt for a trench with added sheen for vibrancy and opulence.  Also do the scrunch test.  Scrunch up the fabric, wait a few minutes, if the wrinkles fall out easily, its a keeper. You’ve cottoned on now, haven’t you? (Couldn’t resist!)

Secondly, a trench is a fashion staple and will take up permanent residency in your wardrobe, so  spend a bit more money. It is an investment. A rule of thumb is buy the best quality you can afford. Read more about buying quality here.

Thirdly, hem length is key. Trench styles are becoming shorter and shorter breaking away from their WW1 roots.

If you’re petite, like me, go for a shorter hem. A trench that falls slightly below the knee adds elegance with a heel. While, ankle grazing trenches flatter taller leggy ladies.

Finally, do you opt for single or double breasted styles? If your lower half is wider (triangle shape) than double breasted would be your best bet. By the same token, single breast styles with minimal epaulettes or fuss suits those who are wider on top and need to draw attention away from here.

Here’s my edit of SS16 trench coats from some of my favourite brands.

If you like to get maximum wear out of your clothing, then your default colour might happen to be navy.  This midnight blue trench by Hush gets my thumbs up. Plus, it comes fully lined.  A massive bonus these days, when so many clothing manufacturers don’t bother.  A steal at £95.

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Hush Midnight Blue Trench Coat

For those of you like to stay ahead of the style pack then for SS16 its all about blush pinks. I love this refreshing alternative, breathing new life into a classic trench with metallic bar shoulder detailing. Ted Baker’s lilac light weight trench allows you to transition seamlessly into Summer with a feminine hue.  Its so versatile.  It can take you from a casual ensemble to a formal occasion such as a Spring wedding when teamed with a floral dress.

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Ted Baker Lilac Light Weight Trench

Finally Matches Fashion Trademark double breasted cotton trench coat wins the style stakes with its modern and looser silhouette. This shape helps hide a mummy tummy. Wear with flared jeans or an LBD at night with some leopard print heels. Have you spotted the ambitious leopard print detail of the buttons yet?

 

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Matches Fashion Double Breasted Cotton Trench

 

So what’s your take on the timeless trench? How do you wear yours? Did you find this helpful? I’d love to know, so drop me a line.

x

Siobhan

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