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Q&A: Three Fresh Ways to Wear a Trenchcoat

Q: I’m a 20-year-old college student who just got a calf-length London Fog trench coat for a smokin’ deal.  I love it and know I’m going to have this forever, but I was wondering if you had any ideas as to how to wear this without looking like the Queen Mum.

A: Even though you’re sporting a classic piece like a trenchcoat, you don’t have to keep your entire look classic.  Just pair your trenchcoat with appropriately youthful looking pieces.  Here’s three ideas to keep your look young while wearing your sophisticated trenchcoat:

Tip 1: Wear Knits, Not Wovens

Youthful Looks with a Trenchcoat #1

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Wear your trenchcoat with a sweaterdress.  Tailored, woven dresses will keep the look formal, but a sweaterdress will give the outfit a more youthful look.  Edgy details like lace-up boots and a zipper-encrusted handbag also give the look a young feel.

Tip 2: Say Hello to Bright Colors

Youthful Looks with a Trenchcoat #2

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Dark colors and neutral colors give a more sophisticated air to any look, but bright colors would help liven up those looks.  A shot of gold doesn’t hurt as well.

Tip 3: Embrace Unstructured Fabrics and Silhouettes

Youthful Looks with a Trenchcoat #3

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Tailored cuts and structured fabrics are natural pairings for a classic trench.  But they also can make the look more stodgy.  Unstructured fabrics, like knits, and blousy silhouettes do just the opposite–they give the look a breath of fresh air.

Have a great tip about fresh ways to wear a trenchcoat? Share it with us in the comments!

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Cortina Hat

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Stock up for next Winter (or ride out the chilly early days of Spring) with this cozy cashmere hat. It’s the perfect way to brighten up an otherwise grey outfit on a cloudy day.

$9.99 (sale) at J Crew.

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