The Trench....


Style Theory: A fashion classic..The Trench Coat
Created by Thomas Burberry in the 1850s the trench continues to be a wardrobe staple year after year. The classic style has not changed, however, over the years there have been many variations on the shape and fabric, additions of studs patterned fabric etc but I am always drawn to the classic Burberry trench.

Here are some fabulous looks from the streetstylers:
The slouchy fabric looks great over a short dress.
Emmanuelle Alt stylishly rocking the black trench.
Classic and fabulous, love a trench with a Breton and blue jeans.
Another classic trench this time worn with sparkly sequins.
Gorgeous detail at the back of this trench I love the pleats and bows.
The monochrome look with a slouchy, fluid, black trench.
Another slouchy trench this time dressed down with trainers.

Alexa Chung, the queen of the Trench, wearing her Burberry beautifully with dungarees and pumps..perfection.
All images above via Pinterest

You need to find the right style for you fitted, classic, straight, short or longer, there is a style to suit everybody and here, I hope, is the inspiration you need to find your perfect match if you have not found it already!

The best trenches on the high street, starting with The Classic Trench:
Gap Classic Trench £59.95
This is fab classic trench shape, the details are quite Burberry (collar hooks etc) and it is a heavy fabric so will keep you warm. I tried it on instore and really liked it. It is available in regular or tall.

This is the Gap trench, it is so classic and would look stunning over a sparkly skirt in the spring, It does come up quite big so I would suggest ordering a size smaller, I am wearing an XS here which was good for me (or choosing the petite or Tall range)
River Island Classic Mac £75
A super smart trench, quite androgynous in a good way, this would look great over a flowery dress or a sequin skirt and sweater and court shoes to 'pretty it up'

Asos Premuim Mac with Panel Detail £75
The collar is fab on this mac, the coat looks great buttoned up, pair with skinny ankle length black trousers and little ballet pumps for a tres Francais look!

Massimo Dutti Classic Trench £125
This is a cotton mix classic camel trench with gorgeous details, looks great as styled in the photo, a breton, skinny jeans and ballet pumps.

H&M Trench £29.99
A fabulously priced, good, classic trench coat.

Now for the dark Trenches:
Marks and Spencer Best of British Trench Coat £249
This is pricey but has had great reviews on the website, it is waterproof and looks a beautiful shape, I love the idea of this with a black and white breton, pale blue ankle skimming jeans and pointy flat shoes for summer.

Warehouse Twill Trench with detachable lining was £95 now £40
This trench is such a good buy will keep you warm on cold spring mornings and then when it begins to get warmer remove the lining..perfect!
Uniqlo Short Trench £59.90
If you are looking for a super lightweight, short Trench this fits the bill, it is very thin but is showerproof and is great for us smaller ladies as it is nice and short and will not swamp you. A great summer jacket. Also comes in light grey, beige and navy.

Me in the Uniqlo trench, apologies not a great photo but will give you an idea of how long it is (I am all of 5ft 3.!)

Next Mac £60
This has a very subtle cocoon shape and a striped lining, very chic navy trench.

Now for a few of slightly different fabrics and colours:

Karen Millen Satin Fabric Mix Trench £250
This is expensive but beautiful, I love the drapey satin fabric mixed with the stretch cotton to keep some structure, would be beautiful worn over a dressed down outfit, distressed boyfriend jeans a jumper and ankle boot/ heels.

H&M Trenchcoat £69.99
A slightly longer length trenchc, looks fab buckled up.
NW3 @ Hobbs Tara Trench £189
On the website Hobbs call this Flamingo Pink but I am sure it is a pale pink and would look beautiful styled up with greys and pale blues for the Spring.

So there is my round up of the best Trenches I have seen on the high street and online, have you already got your ultimate trench in your wardrobe, where did you get it from and what features do you like about it? I would love to hear all your thoughts as always:

My Style over the last couple of days:

For a day of ducking in and out the rain I wore my Mac (3 years old from Topshop, I love it but am hankering after the Gap one, as I really like the classic style!)

Trench: Topshop
Jumper: Whistles
Necklave: H&M
Jeans: Gap
Trainers: JL
Out for lunch with friends, felt a little 70s in my bell bottoms!

Trench: Topshop
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: nine west
Top underneath not seen Breton: Boden
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Trench and how you style yours, thanks so much for reading, till next time xxxx


  1. Love a good trench. I stalked a woman around TK Maxx for 10 minutes yesterday. She had picked up a mac that I wanted and it was my size (reduced from £359 to £59). Sadly she bought it and I nearly cried. At least I didn't get arrested for stalking although she did give me some very funny looks.

    Really enjoyed reading this post. Donna x

  2. Queen Alexa indeed. so effortless looking!

    Also like the Mango ones on sale on ASOS at the mo.

  3. I love a trench, I when I was 40 I treated myself to a Burberry ( albeit with a 30% discount my wardrobe code) before that I had a Gap one that I loved! They always do a good trench, saying that I have seen the River Island one and it is fab! X

  4. You look so darn cool in your trench! I've got a belted Gap one from a few years back and have just bought an a-line button through for Spring so I'm hoping to recreate so of those Pinterest looks too!! xx

  5. really nice post - I love this one and the slouchy trousers one :0)

  6. I bought the Gap one last spring after getting rid of one that the proportions were all wrong on me. I love mine and style it in various ways but my favourite is always with a breton! I would also love an A Line mac, missed out on a sale one last year but think it's another great look x

  7. Trench coats are such a fantastic wardrobe piece. It dresses up any outfit and looks classy. I particular like the one from the Gap.

  8. Hi
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I already have a couple of Ladies Raincoats that can go from an office to a night-out. I bought them from an online store. They are shiny black in color and absolutely perfect to stay warm and dry in harsh climate. It would be great if you can share more info about the same.
    Alexandra R.

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