How to wear the Trench Coat

The transition from summer to autumn is not always cut and dried. What do you wear when one day it could be warm and sunny and the next cold and rainy? We turn to the lightweight trench coat.

The trench coat has come through the wars victorious to become a classic style that is ideal for this time of year.  

Traditionally in beige and below the knee, update the look with a shorter length and a bolder colour.

River Island‘s short Mac in dark red fits the bill – a bolder alternative to the staple black and beige whilst still being a shade that can be teamed with a range of accent colours.

Price £70. Available here.

The trench coat is able to adapt for most smart and casual occasions. So here’s how to dress and accessorise for the races.

Smart day at the Races

Classic enough to be worn with a suit, the dark red will add a pop of colour to the black and grey suits and will complement a navy or blue suit. For a high contrast colour combination wear with a light to medium grey suit.

W10 by Julien Macdonald check suit in wool blend fits the bill perfectly.

Jacket £80; slim cut trousers £40.

Available exclusively from Matalan here.

Keep the monochrome look of the suit with a white, grey or black shirt.

Zara has the plain Ottoman cotton shirt in white or black. The black is more of a dark charcoal so is less harsh than jet black.

Price £29.99. Available here.

For a lighter tonal look, Zara also has a mid-grey plain twill cotton shirt.

Price £29.99.

http://www.zara.com/uk/en/man/shirts/plain/plain-twill-shirt-c529015p2005076.html

Whilst Burton Menswear has a light grey slim fit shirt which is selling fast!

Price £18. Available here.

Whichever shirt you choose, team with a monochrome patterned tie such as Hammond & Co designer black and grey dogtooth tie.

Price £20 from Debenhams here.

Ditch the laces and keep the smooth sartorial look with a pair of monk shoes. Doubly smooth are Jeff Banks‘ double strap black leather.

Price £85 available from Debenhams here.

When it rains be prepared with a good-looking brolly. Stand out from the sea of plain black brollies with this Fulton Shoreditch check navy umbrella. The navy will complement the dark red trench coat.

Price £30 available from Debenhams here.  

And if the weather turns a little nippy add a scarf. We’ve chosen this design to add pattern-on-pattern interest with the check suit, whilst the tiny accent of red pulls the whole outfit together.

Available soon from Debenhams here.

 

Casual day at the races

The short trench coat adds a sartorial touch to a casual outfit. During the transitional months layer up with a long-sleeved t-shirt and cardigan. Match the classic trench coat with the classic Breton stripe tee.  

Joules Breton stripe t-shirt offers navy with light blue and subtle khaki green with light blue stripe.

Price £39.95. Available here.

For the more traditional white with navy stripe we’ve gone for Mister Marcel’s Penda t-shirt but with a red skull twist!  

Price £42 available from Zalando here.

For those colder moments, team with a cardigan.

Colour blocking is on trend plus the dark red on this Kiomi chunky cardigan matches the trench coat, although chunky the fabric is 100% cotton so it is still a transitional piece.

Price £42. Also available in grey/black from Zalando here.

Team with a pair of dark blue jeans. For the streamline look go for skinny or slim fit such as Calvin Klein slim fit jeans in dark denim.

Price £90 from Zalando here.

Accessorise with:

  • Bertie’s smart casual Combat boots in black.  

Price £115. Available here.

  • Zatchels damson leather satchel. Handy to keep your cardigan in when the sun comes out.

Was £140 now £98. Available here.

  • Top it all with River Island’s dark grey Melton bowler hat with black ribbon trim.

Price £20. Available here.

KAREN GRACE

Karen Grace is the Fashion & Beauty Editor ofwww.EclipseMagazine.co.uk.

She studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International. You can read more of Karen’s fashion advice at: www.frumpytofunky.com

For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on contact@frumpytofunky

Karen Grace

Karen Grace

Fashion & Beauty Editor at www.EclipseMagazine.co.uk
Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

You can read more of Karen's fashion advice at: www.frumpytofunky.com

For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on contact@frumpytofunky
Karen Grace

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