You know spring is almost here when you can trade your thick winter coat for something lighter and perfect for withstanding an unexpected rain shower. Enter one of Britain’s finest sartorial inventions: the trench coat.
Masterminded over 100 years ago by Thomas Burberry as an army officers’ raincoat, the piece hasn’t lost its appeal one bit since entering the realms of ready-to-wear. In fact, it’s become something of a personal uniform for many, serving as both a smart, fail-safe work coat and a dependable cover-up for anyone needing to look more pulled together.
But the marriage of stiff fabric and distinctive tailoring can work even harder when imaginatively styled; pulling on your trench needn’t suggest that you’re going for a job interview. Wear one with a pair of high-rise jeans and trainers for a brilliantly nonchalant combination—or how about adding punchy accessories to have some fun?
Now reinvented by retailers high and low, there’s certain to be a trench out there to match your personality, be it printed, boldly coloured, traditionally chic or innovatively deconstructed. Go through the gallery below for styling inspiration.