Updated on March 27, 2023 at 5:43 p.m.
Combining practicality with its waterproof material, elegance and style, the trench coat is the mid-season coat to rely on. Initially designed to protect 19th century gentlemen from the rain, the trench coat has survived the ages and is no longer intended only for men and for rainy days. Although popularized by Burberry and Aquascutum during the First World War, the trench shed its military utilitarianism thanks to Hollywood and its film characters, including the seductive and mysterious femme fatale, and then became a timeless coat and a great wardrobe classic. since the 1940s. Remaining nevertheless a signature piece of the Burberry house, the trench coat is now seen declined and redesigned each season by many designers. Whether you like it classic – in cotton, beige, belted and with a trapeze cut stopping below the knee – or whether you prefer it with original details and materials, colorful or with an oversized cut, the trench coat still keeps its chic of yesteryear and brings a real fashionable touch to an outfit.
How to wear the trench this season?
The major advantage of this spring jacket is that it can be worn with absolutely everything. For a chic look, pair it with a shirt or a pretty printed blouse, flared pants, straight jeans or a pencil skirt and a pair of ballet flats or white sneakers. If you want to stick to current trends, you can opt for a slightly oversized or bi-material model, which you wear over a blazer jacket or a cardigan, a white tank top, baggy jeans, a pair of babies, colorful mules or pointed-toe pumps. Do you have a more preppy style? The trench goes wonderfully with pretty A-line skirts and little spring dresses, provided you accessorize everything with pieces that are both trendy and timeless such as white boots and a bag model from spring-summer 2023 to modernize the look.
Each brand offers its own model, and the cuts differ from one brand to another. For spring-summer 2023, we’re betting on oversize for a slightly casual and ultra-trendy style. For a quickdraw to make Meryl Streep pale in the film “Kramer against Kramer”, we choose it extra-long, or, on the contrary, we put on a shortened version. With or without a belt, oversized or fitted, with pleats in the back or in the front, straight or flared, the choice is vast this season so we have fun!
In terms of materials too, there is plenty to do! If the models of classic trench coats are regularly made of cotton, we can nevertheless find more original pieces. Some brands offer it in leather or imitation leather, a material that brings a certain rigidity to the piece but which gives it a foolproof style! Bottega Veneta, Sacai, LaQuan Smith or even Dolce & Gabbana have revisited it in a vinyl leather version, that of Tod’s is in denim, Khaite imagined it in shiny python effect while the Valentino house offers a bright red model. and shiny, skimming the ground. As you will have understood, the trench coat is being revisited in many ways (and materials) this season.
Traditionally beige, the trench coat is no longer afraid to take on color. If we find again and again a panoply of models available in all shades of this neutral color, fans of colorful pieces will not be disappointed this season. From black to khaki via rust or sage, the trench coat can be twisted galore. For the most original, there are also candy pink, blood orange, lavender blue, bright red or even primary green. Prints also have their place on the trench coat this spring-summer, especially at Burberry where its iconic check pattern is found all-over or at Alexandre Vauthier who makes a glamorous version with a leopard print.
Selection of the most beautiful trench coats to shop this season.