The trusty trench has been around for over 100 years – and it hasn’t changed much since. First created for the military by Thomas Burberry in 1912, classic styles will still have the storm flaps, epaulettes and buckled hardware, but it has now transitioned from a purely practical piece of clothing to the height of chic.
Don’t get us wrong, this coat can be very functional but its true usefulness lies in its versatility. You can wear one slung over floral dresses in late summer, underpinned with tees and shirting come autumn and layered up with knitwear as temperatures drop. It’s smart enough to pair with workwear but can also be thrown over loungewear and jeans to give your casual look instant polish.
Ah, but which trench to choose? Lightweight duster styles work best in summer, while heavyweight lined alternatives will see you through the colder months. A Burberry trench is a true classic that’ll never date, but if you want a more affordable alternative we recommend looking to Arket or Mango.
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