Q&A: Three Fresh Ways to Wear a Trenchcoat

March 12th, 2009

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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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  March 12th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Love that second look in its entirety.

  • 2. Jacki  |  March 12th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    I love the second look the most! It’s perfect for the (finally) upcoming spring, just in case we have a chillier night :) I really like all three though. Going to break out my trenchcoat now…

  • 3. Allison  |  March 12th, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I love the first look. It’s just edgy enough to feel gothic (that would be the boots) without being overwhelming. A silver/leather cuff bracelet and some tights would complete it.

  • 4. Trisha  |  March 12th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Glad you like the outfits - we had a lot of fun putting them together :)

  • 5. Cimone  |  March 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I love the second look– the bright cardigan, shoes, and cami are absolutely fantastic!

    And I really love the “how-to-wear” tips for the black trench, could you provide anything similar for a patterned trench? I picked up a pink canvas trench with the world’s busiest pattern, and beyond the basic black-pants-and-black-top-with-black-shoes combo, I’ve no idea what to do with it.

  • 6. life style guru  |  March 14th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Amazing tips! These will be helpful to many of us. Thanks a lot.

    Best Regards,

    Shreya
    http://www.life-styl.com/

  • 7. fin  |  March 18th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    I love all the looks, especially the first look. Black is really elagant. how about a red one

  • 8. fashions2you  |  March 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    oh, wow,
    it soooooooooo beautiful

  • 9. hanis  |  June 28th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    how bout matching black trench coat with skinny jeans and bright colour pointy heels?

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