Saturday 27 May 2017

How to wear: Trench Coats

Esprit Classic Twill trench €139.95
Esprit Classic Twill trench €139.95
Tommy Hilfiger trench coat €300
Love Label drape front trench coat €84 from Littlewoods
Trench coat from River Island €67

Angela Scanlon

The blessed trench coat is back again this season. In fairness, it tends to arrive in multiple guises each Spring/Summer so this may not seem groundbreaking but there have been changes.

Margaret Howell showed full-length versions while Dior gave us war-inspired cuts and colours. Marc Jacobs kept it young and fun adorning his with hearts and leopard prints. But the king of the 2010 trench, Christopher Bailey, showed Burberry’s moneymakers in ruched, short, dress-like versions. Whatever you choose, keep the following in mind:



Add bold, quirky accessories to a classic trench to keep it from looking dated Play with pattern-polka dots, check and leopard are huge this season If you can afford Burberry's SS10 version - buy it.

But don’t overlook the high street for great styles - Zara, Massimo Dutti, Topshop, BT2 and French Connection Look for unexpected details - a puff sleeve, cape effect or high shine fabric. Add a belt for extra waist definition - military styles will update an old trench. Don’t go for floor length unless you’re super tall Don’t be afraid to stick with a classic - sometimes the original is the best Check out charity shops and vintage stores for cool retro styles.

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