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5 ways to wear a 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 sharp suiting to slip dresses and hooded sweaters, this bona fide closet essential promises maximum style mileage. Case in point? This ultra-chic number by Scandi brand Totême

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OFFICE HOURS

The perfect work uniform is one built on pieces that work as hard as you do, and the ability of this perfectly cut Totême trench coat to add instant polish to any outfit makes it a must-have. Cut a sharp figure in the office and beyond by layering an oversized trench over louche suiting cast in neutral tones. Style it 9-5 with a structured top-handle bag, and a relaxed crossbody when off duty.

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HI/LO

The key to building an environmentally conscious closet lies in investing in classic pieces that are made to last and that you’ll love for years to come. Once you’ve curated your key pieces, keep them feeling fresh with this street-style-approved styling trick: hi-lo dressing. A classic trench feels like a fresh proposition when layered over a hooded sweater and luxe track pants.

AFTER DARK

Thanks to its sleek silhouette and lightweight fabric, a trench makes the cut for evening dress codes, too. Whether draped over your shoulders or cinched at the waist to add structure to a fluid slip dress, a trench is a sure-fire way to lend an androgynous edge to eveningwear.

TONAL

The trick to mastering this endlessly chic styling technique is to combine complementing shades – think tones of ivory, caramel and blush – that will blend beautifully with a traditional tan trench. Don’t forget to add interest with texture: chunky knits, leather pants and brushed-gold jewels make for a compelling mix.

OFF-DUTY

Adding a double-breasted trench will instantly elevate your weekend-wardrobe staples, such as dark denim and cozy knits. Simply belt it at the waist and slip on a pair of white sneakers for a flawless look that takes mere minutes to pull together.

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