This post was kindly sponsored by Jack Wills in exchange for compensation however all words and opinions expressed here are my own.
When someone asks me what my dream wardrobe would look like, it always includes a beautiful Burberry trench coat! However, I’m going to show you there are many affordable versions available from the high street that you and I can also lust over, for a fraction of the price!
The history of the trench coat
The history behind this iconic British must-have wardrobe piece is staggering. Although the trench never initially intended to become one of the most instantly recognisable pieces in the fashion world, it has become just that over the decades.
Originally designed to keep rain out way back in 1879, Thomas Burberry successfully created a comfortable and rain-resistant fabric which generated orders from the British Army. It was then adapted to keep mud off of the officers uniforms in the trenches in WW1, hence the name, and belongs jointly to Aquascutum who invented the first waterproof wool.
After WW2, trench coats became fashion statements when women wore them as an expression of emancipation and a Burberry trench featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
So back to 2017, here are some reasons why a trench coat should feature in your wardrobe today.
- You will be stylishly prepared for the unpredictable Great British weather; these jackets are not only practical and waterproof but equally as important for us fashionistas, look effortlessly chic at the same time!
- A trench is a perfect example of a capsule wardrobe piece that will turn into an investment the more you wear it.
- Trench coats look so timeless that despite being over 100 years old, they still look amazingly current – how many other pieces can you think of where this still applies?! I honestly believe they will be in style forever, so it can only be an investment in my eyes.
- Trenches will go with almost everything in your wardrobe and are so easy to style, making them a perfect layering piece to complete an outfit.
- You know that list of things you need to do before you are 30? Well, this is one of those classic wardrobe essentials you should own by 30. Wear over your office outfit for ‘that woman has her life together’ look.
- Trench coats were originally designed, and still are, to be super comfortable with functional features such as lining to provide extra warmth, deep pockets, and belts to fasten in bad weather with the option to wear loose when the weather permits. So versatile!
Trench coats are easily adaptable to suit so many looks!
For a casual day-time look, I would pair a classic beige trench, worn undone, with a plain white t-shirt, boyfriend jeans and some slip on loafers.
The stone coloured trench also looks visually striking with a white t-shirt and black jeans for a minimal colour palette and a sophisticated look.
For a look more suitable in autumn/winter, layer over a shirt and jumper and pair with jeans and chelsea boots to complete the look.
Trenches look even more chic with a breton stripe top underneath and some vans or converse.
Layer a long trench over a shorter dress for those sunnier days, and dress up with heels for an evening look.
For a more formal look, layer over a shirt/jumper and cigarette trousers, with brogues or barely there heeled sandals.
So, classic trench or trench with a twist?
Do you opt for a classic shape or a trench that has been updated with a new shape?
The classic beige colour or a pink or a blue?
The original 10 front buttons or an alternative amount?
If you are unsure which style is best for you or how to style a trench coat, the ‘fabulously British’ retailer Jack Wills have an expert guide on how to wear their heritage inspired trench coats.
If you have been thinking about buying a trench coat, Jack Wills sell a range of them at affordable prices… I have my eye on the Dollyhill Swing Trench Coat in Stone (there is also a rose colourway which is just as gorgeous). It is a culmination of the classic trench and a swing coat silhouette which I love! I’m just imagining it now paired with a crisp white shirt, jeans and brogues.
Do you have a trusty trench coat that you love? What colour and style is it? Or would you like to add one to your wardrobe?