Sunday 24 June 2018

How to wear the trenchcoat

The wardrobe staple has had a spring update with deconstructed and richly textured styles, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Amal Clooney

There's really only one kind of cover-up that successfully bridges the gap between winter and spring, and that's the trench.

It's practically minded yet chic, and won't leave you looking over- or under-dressed. While the trench is never out of style, each season brings a new iteration. After winter's high-shine vinyl version, for spring the perennial favourite has been deconstructed, slashed and spliced with oversized silhouettes, voluminous sleeves and contrasting textures.

If you worried before that the trench looked too preppy, there are plenty of new takes worth trying. On the catwalks, Céline's coats were double-layered and looped up, Balenciaga's were attached to denim jackets or given exaggerated proportions, while John Galliano stripped the trench back to its shell and added a mirrored trim at Margiela. British brands also took care to remix the classic coat - at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton reworked it with silk floral panels, while Christopher Bailey resurrected Burberry's iconic check print with an edge.

The trench is an easy, one-and-done piece that you can just throw on over anything, but it can also be used to add the right amount of grit or gloss to any outfit.

Actress Zendaya shows how a classic beige trench can bring polish to this season's sports luxe trend - style a satin tracksuit with Mango's sleeveless coat and crisp white boots for an unexpected twist on the look.

Try a bold colour like forest green or give the Queen's official tartan a modern update by opting for a slick finish. Dress it down with a simple hoodie, jeans and chunky boots to balance out the look.

Embellished details like Zara's bow neck trench add interest and will bring a utility feel to a frothy dress. The genderless design of the trench is ideal for offsetting feminine gowns and skirts for summer and can also be used to amp up the androgyny when worn with a pair of wide leg trousers, a look favoured by Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle.

Amal has been showing off a fabulous collection of spring coats in recent weeks, with a preference for the leather trench. From glossy taupe to emerald green, her solution to the April showers has proven how leather can make an appropriate workwear choice.

We love her black and tan Alexander Wang version - not only is it a flattering, waist-accentuating cut, but it's elegant with just enough edge to keep things interesting.


Irish Independent

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