Trench coats were birthed by the British house of Burberry for the trenches of World War I, but remained popular in postwar fashion and have been re-invented and re-designed since their creation over 100 years ago. Iconized by Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, the trench coat invokes a glamourous spirit. With structured tailoring, its neutral color and a waist-cinching silhouette, the trench coat is a wardrobe MUST. It can be styled for casual comfort, professional prowess, edgy existence or royal reality.
This Fashionista knows the power of a traditional trench coat. Her camel trench coat pulls her look together and gives her an air of power, sophistication and maturity. Tying the belt tight at her waist offers her a fantastic cinched waist, while structured shoulders and an A-line bottom balance her out. Nude brogues give this a menswear-inspired feel, while a bright blue scarf makes this a stand-out look. A trench coat offers the perfect amount of class and coverage. In fact, you could rock a t-shirt underneath and no one would ever know!
Trench coats have been designed in many ways to add a different take on the classic Burberry trench. They come in a variety of colors, textures and lengths to let every Fashionista put her own twist on the style. Woolen trenches in rich colors like winter white or in chic patterns or textures can be the perfect transitional coat for winter. Try a trench in a bold color like red or yellow for a vibrant statement piece. Trench coats have even inspired dresses, like this one from ASOS or this Rachel Zoe one. You can rock the jacket and nothing else! Styling is also key in making a trench coat's look your own. Pair it with leather pieces or thigh high boots for an edgy look, while embellishments, velvet and leather make for for a one of a kind coat. Use these couture examples as inspiration! Sport a leopard print or fur scarf to make this look more exotic. And if you want to maintain the classic camel trench feel, experiment with lengths (full length or cropped) to make this look your own.