January 15th, 2015 at 2:00am

What comes to mind when you think of a trench coat? It is often thought of as merely a covering you would wear during a rainy day, but it seems that this coat has become an essential wardrobe addition in all of our closets. Constructing your outfit around an outerwear piece is very simple and, when paired with the right attire, extremely stylish.

There are many ways of utilizing a trench coat in your wardrobe all year round, dressing it up or down. For men, wearing this classic piece with a suit completes the outfit formally, while pairing it with jeans makes for a perfect casual look. Women can also create numerous looks with a trench. You can channel your inner Blair Waldorf and invent a preppy look or wear your favorite combat boots with the coat for an edgy flair. If you want to switch up this trend, sporting a trench coat in bright colors or patterns is the way to go!

Here, this Fashionisto is matching his black trench coat with a cozy sweater, preppy khaki pants and brown dress shoes. This is a great example of wearing this item in a more laid-back style, perfect for a day running around the city. His coat is also wonderful for this terrible New York weather we have been experiencing recently.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “A trench coat is for everyone. What I did here was wear my fitted trousers with a vintage sweater and the coat put my whole look together.”