They say that April showers bring May flowers, and that is the only reason the rain and gloom is seemingly bearable this week. However, the rain calls for interesting transitional outerwear, and the humble trench coat finally gets it’s well earned place in the sun. Timeless and tailored, the trench is the perfect layering piece that can protect one from the elements while looking polished and sophisticated.

Wardrobe staples don’t come more classic than the trench coat, and this Fashionista places emphasis on the simplicity and versatility of the piece as incorporated in her outfit. Channeling French chic, she is wearing a classic beige coat à la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, over a plain white T-shirt, black cigarette pants and flats.

While the original trench will always be a frontrunner, edgier colors and patterns have come to the forefront. This monochrome two toned coat is bright, airy and can be paired with just about anything. To suit a softer, girlier style, a trench in a light pastel like this mint one looks fresh and perfect for spring. Taking advantage of the inherent dramatic flair of the trench coat as seen in pop culture and films, this leopard print version takes things to an epic statement level.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: “Keeping the rest of the outfit simple! Wearing a trench coat makes me feel like a film noir heroine, and I like to keep the focus on that, while keeping my accessories to a minimum”