As laid out by Abigail Gurney-Read back in September, there are: “Certain key pieces in a wardrobe that everybody really should own… One such example is the trench coat.” 

Dating back some 150 years (Thomas Burberry invented gabardine – the fabric from which the style was originally cut – in 1879), the silhouette has stayed en vogue throughout the ages. And so, this week, we’re dedicating an episode of our signature tripartite styling series to the timeless trench in all its glory.


A modern iteration of the model that was sported by British and French soldiers in the First World War, LOW CLASSIC’s lightweight cotton-blend style nails the ‘Parisian Chic’ brief (that we’re perpetually striving for) with exaggerated lapels and utilitarian detailing, from a flap pocket at the waist to buckled straps that adjust the cuffs. 

A tie-neck flourish by way of Symonds Pearmain’s navy denim shirt will rack up the styling points; pair it up with Isabel Marant Étoile's light-blue Corsey jeans and a lick of red lipstick, and consider yourself onto a weekend-winning look for exploring La rue Montmartre. 


Keeping classical appeal high on the agenda, another option is to switch out your denim up top for another high-neck style via Beaufille’s multicoloured Kahlo blouse. This time, bring a ‘70s-esque palette to the table by complementing its orange, green and navy hues with Rejina Pyo’s salmon high-waisted midi skirt – and shimmy straight from your next meeting to a psychedelic gig.


Elsewhere, for the most sophisticated of colour combinations, marry your ecru outerwear with a sheet of block baby blue care of Ellery’s turtleneck midi dress – introducing STAUD’s creamy croc-effect arm candy to the equation for a contemporary and understated finish.

A classic trench coat = the coveted cornerstone of every woman's wardrobe. Shop all three looks here:

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+ Now you know the many ways to wear a trench, but how about the belt bag?

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+ Our Little Black Book has all bases covered – even rainbow cake