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A Guide: How to Style Trench Coats this Spring

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Trench coat season is upon us and as the weather gets warmer, it’s time to say goodbye to your winter jackets and hello to your beloved trench! Ever since I can remember, the trench coat has been an undisputable part of global street style and an iconic piece for the season’s capsule wardrobe. There are endless possibilities to style your trench and it always adds excitement to an outfit, so it’s no wonder it is such an essential in our closets, it truly is timeless. A good trench works alongside current trends, but can also accommodate personal style, which is the best of both worlds. In terms of materials and colors, the trench has undergone many transformations throughout the years; from real to faux leather, suede, nylon, anything goes! Here at What People Are Wearing, we’re always on the lookout for the perfect trench and we have come across some really great ones along the way. So, without further ado, here are our favorite trenches that will make you double-take and wonder where have they been all your life! 

Classic Black

You can never (ever) go wrong with a classic black trench! Black goes with (almost) every hue and elevates any basic outfit; it is versatile and adds sophistication that no other color can. Contrary to popular belief, a black trench will not make you look like the Matrix (but if that’s the look you’re going for, amazing!), instead, it will make you look put together, professional, and chic. While it doesn’t take away from the full outfit, a black trench will give you a polished dimension and add layers to your look, working together with your chosen colors to create the perfect ensemble. You can always accessorize to dress it up! That’s the true beauty of a black trench, it works with all styles and trends. 

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H&M has got some really great black trenches.

And of course, we also found a cropped trench that will be perfect for spring, and it is super affordable! 

Burberry Trench

The one and only! There's not much more to say as the trench speaks for itself. This timeless piece looks great dressed up or down and is perfect for layering. Wearing it open while the pattern peeks through is a statement on its own, this iconic print is what made the trench celebrated worldwide. Since its debut in the early 1900s, this trench coat remains one of our favorites and we love to see how modern fashion has been able to incorporate it into everyday looks and current fashions. There’s always the alternative of buying your Burberry trench in thrift stores, estate sales, or flea markets; secondhand makes it even more iconic, as the trench might hold some crazy history to it and gives it a little more character! 

The classic Burberry trench is available at Burberry. They have a bunch of different styles, our pick is the classic trench, but you can definitely play around with the lining and the collars. 

If you’re not looking to invest in a trench and prefer a simpler trench that will do the job just the same but without the price tag, Reformation has an amazing dupe that is very similar to the Burberry coat. It will work just as well and add elegance to any outfit! 

H&M also sells some amazing trenches in a variety of colors. This twill trench is absolutely gorgeous, and that grayish color is a little different from the Burberry signature beige, however, the silhouette is very similar and gives the same effect! The trench also comes in taupe and beige but is running a little low on sizes.

Pop of Color

We’re going to see so many different colors during this upcoming spring; pinks, pastel yellows, icy blues, the list goes on and on! Colorful trenches are so special because they make you stand out in the crowd and make a statement. Whether you’re going for a monochromatic look or not, a pop of color is a great way to say; spring is here! There’s no better way to face the unpredictable weather and rainy days of April and May than adding some color that radiates positivity and manifests sunny days! With street style becoming more open and accepting of vibrant colors, we couldn’t ignore the colorful trenches and only discuss the classics.

Asos has an amazing selection of trenches, but this icy blue moment definitely takes the crown. 

We’ve already mentioned this beautiful butter-yellow trench from Madewell, but it truly is one of our favorites and we could not leave it out!

Cropped Trench

Trench coats have been around for a very long time, decades! So it’s no wonder there have been some modern takes on the classic trench, as brands are trying to incorporate their personal touch or just wanting to create a new trend within the trend. Although the classic trench is a timeless piece that simply cannot be replaced, we have recently been seeing a new version - the cropped trench. Same as your normal trench, just cropped! this look is so fun for a more laid-back style, a fresh take on what might be “heavier” to some, as a regular trench isn’t everyone's cup of tea. The cropped trench is unique, a fun way to style your fits and make them stand out!

Mango has an amazing cropped trench and we are obsessed with the collar, really special. Wear it with a low cut shirt to match the vibe, or style it with a golf neckline to add dimension! 

Linoy has found the perfect neutral cropped trench at COS! This trench is so light-weight and perfect for layering over basics to create the perfect spring outfit. You can also play with the buttons to change the silhouette, so its a pretty versatile jacket! 

Statment Trench

The leopard trend has been taking over the world by storm, one could say that it’s even becoming a neutral at this point. Leopard print is such a fun way to incorporate some design and patterns into your roster, making your outfit a little more daring. While some like to be more subtle and merge leopards within their accessories or shoes, at What People Are Wearing we love to be bold, so why not go all out with a leopard trench? This generational trend is a little different from the minimalist approach we’ve been seeing on the catwalks and streets recently, so it’s a fun twist!

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GANNI has an amazing selection of leopard print everything, but this trench caught our eye. This specific leopard pattern is so perfect, the colors are everything and it will be so easy to pair with an all-black outfit or a pop of red or burgundy! 

There you have it! Our favorite trenches of the season! We wouldn’t just be saying this, but trenches hold a special place in our hearts. They might be the easiest piece to style and we recommend you start exploring and let your creativity flow, there are so many to choose from! You can never go wrong with a good trench, so investing in a quality piece might be a smart choice, as their timeless appeal will never go out of style and you will always have a trusty trench to elevate your wardrobe.  


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