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5 ways to wear the trench coat

When it comes to pieces with timeless appeal, there are few more enduring than a classic trench coat. The perfect accompaniment to everything from luxe separates to blue jeans, this bona-fide closet essential promises maximum style mileage – making it the ultimate investment piece. Case in point: this ultra-chic number by cult label The Row. Here are five faultless ways to wear it now…

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Trench dressing: Mecca James-Williams (pink bag), Caroline Daur (white pants), Chloé Harrouche (white shirt) and Jeanne Damas (midi dress)

TRANS-SEASONAL STYLE

Despite its inherent polish, the trench coat is a truly utilitarian piece. When it comes to outerwear, you’d be hard-pressed to find a style that better combines form and function. Which is exactly why, when it comes to getting the best of tricky trans-seasonal weather, a beautifully crafted trench should be your go-to. Shrugged on over JW Anderson’s understated shirred dress, The Row’s long-line trench lends this decidedly summery piece a year-round appeal.

TONAL DRESSING

After a year during which dressing from the waist up became de rigueur, the prospect of putting together a proper outfit every day of the week can seem challenging – which is where time-saving styling techniques, such as tonal dressing, come in. The key to mastering this elegant, and seemingly effortless, look is to combine complementary shades. Grade up from an off-white trench by adding warmth and texture in the form of beige and caramel shades, courtesy of Casasola’s cozy knitwear and Joseph’s leather pants.

’90s MINIMALISM

Certain decades seem to provide an endless wellspring of sartorial inspiration for designers – not least the ’90s. However, far from a resurgence of grunge or the rave scene, it was the decade’s trademark minimalism that informed this season’s collections. Take your styling cues from perennial icon Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy by layering your long-line trench coat over streamlined double denim – and finish with statement accessories. Bottega Veneta’s padded ‘Cassette’ bag is guaranteed to turn heads.

HI/LO MIX

The key to building an environmentally conscious closet lies in investing in timeless pieces – but the secret to keeping it fresh is by combining them in new and unexpected ways. You may have spent much of the past year in track pants, but that doesn’t mean you’ve maxed out their styling capabilities. A trench coat and track pants might seem a rather unlikely pairing, but the contrast between elevated and everyday pieces makes for a compelling mix.

OFF-DUTY

With designers across the board stepping away from faddish trends in favor of forever pieces, there’s never been a better time to take stock of your arsenal and start building the perfect capsule closet. Styling a trench coat with a sumptuous cashmere sweater, blue jeans and Veja’s sustainable sneakers makes for a chic yet casual look that is so much more than the sum of its parts. This nonchalant outfit works for everything from long walks in the park to alfresco coffees with friends.

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