Trench coats … stack of 6

Trench coats … the low down

After a few days of sun on the Riviera, it’s pouring with rain outside back here in Blighty. So instead of venturing out in it, I’ve taken to hunting down the ultimate trench coats in which to imagine myself being buffeted around the streets of London.

If you too have been enjoying this stormy weather of late, you can’t go far wrong with opting for one of the on trend trench coats in stores right now.

The classic trench coats of old included double breast details, extra storm flaps to protect from the rain (in said trenches back in the wars), as well as button down pockets. In this day and age, thanks to those canny designers out there, you can snag your trench coats in just about any style you please, it just have to have a smattering of the military vibe about it to pass muster as a trench.

Trench coats

1. J.Crew peacoat trench

2. Sophie Hulme fur-collar trench

3. A.L.C. Lindstam double-twill trench coat

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim double faced trench

5. Warehouse luxury military trench

6. French Connection trench coat

Trench coats … how to wear them

For me trench coats are the ultimate worker garment. They can smarten up an office outfit but work equally well when thrown over your weekend jeans.

If you are lucky enough to have a curvy figure with a nipped in waist, the double-breasted trench is perfect for you. Use the belt to flatter your shape to its full effect. If you are more of a straight up and down body shape, try the single breasted versions and use the belt to create the illusion of a waistline.

In terms of length, ideally your trench coat should be longer than your hemline, so opt for mid-calf for the office, like this gorgeous Sophie Hulme number on sale at Matches right now.

For the weekend, a peacoat length like this J.Crew one is perfectly appropriate to pair with your casual look.

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