*This post is in collaboration with Aquasuctum, however my views & opinions are my own*
Trench coats? For Spring? Groundbreaking. Girl, if you haven’t invested in a trench for the new season, then where have you been grrrrrrl?! Every year Spring *finally* roll around and I persistently talk myself out of investing in the key coat/jacket trend (co-acket? jac-oat?) of the season. This year, I’ve actually talked myself into it. Points of the debate include… 1. A trench is an investment, 2. Spring = rain and rain = trench coat chic, and 3. Treat yo’self mentality, which inevitably won me around in the end.
The 2018 Spring trench is no longer a throw-it-on after thought as the style takes centre stage for the new season. From the creamy cult-classics to the incoming brights for SS18, there’s a trench for everyone, and I’m about to show you how you can rock the new season trench and stay true to your personal style.
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So guys n’ gals, I know what you’re currently thinking: Hol, I’ve just bought a fucking puffa. What do you mean the trench is the trend to invest in this season? Not going to dump on the puffa because that style came back with a band in AW17, and if you’re happy with the puffa style, you do you boo boo. The trench is just a little something different for Spring, and if you’re into treating yourself to one item every season, the trench is a great one to invest in as a daily-wear item with flair and sass.
Okay, okay, okay, so why a trench coat? The trench is the perfect transition coat for SS18 as it bridges the gap between the luxe faux furs on winter, and the light denim jackets for summer. The classic fit is versatile and flattering on every body shape, especially when you have waist belt to give you that added hourglass oomph. Not to mention, this style is made for the rainy season – April showers whaaaaat?
With the SS18 trench coat becoming a new outer-wear trend, you’re going to see more and more variations of the style on the market. Whether you’re a classic, neutral gal or a bright, go-getter there will be a style that suits you to a T. Honestly, I think I’ll be investing in more than one trench this season as I want options people!
If you’re into the The Classic Trench Coat I would suggest having a peek at Aquascutum for the O.G. statement trench style, which have become quite iconic. From contrast buttons to simple belts, the Aquascutum collection is huge – However they don’t stray from their colour selection, keeping things very understated and neutral.
Although I’ve got a keen eye on a classic creamy trench coat, my first trench coat purchase of 2018 had to be a bold, bright yellow number that scream ~ Spring is finally here ~ and obvz fills your mind will all manner of Spring-y visuals like fluffy chicks and daffodils. Oh, and I went cropped! I just had to as a petite gal (I have a built-in fear of long coats I swear) and this cropped mustard number is the perfect balance of classic and new-wave trench.
If you’re going for a long trench, be sure to accentuate shape with tight fitting bottoms – my faves being skinny jeans or a vinyl/pvc legging if you’re brave. Nothing like a texture contrast to brighten up your day ey? Long trench coats can definitely elongate your body if you already have some height to you, so you can totally rock a casual trench with trainers or dress it up with barely-there heels for added sex appeal.
If I haven’t sold you on the long trench coat yet, it’s also completely work attire appropriate. Trust me! Throw on a chic beret and matching scarf (layered on in a very non-chalent manner) and you’ve hit effortless style gold. More of a minimalist? No worries, hair sleeked back into a bun and a classic pair of hoops earrings will modernise your look no problemo.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the cropped trench coat trend that I’m rocking in these fab shots (by Sarah Ellen Photography would ya know). When I ordered this Boohoo Hannah Crop Trench Coat*, it was on such a whim! I’d never even tried a trench coat on before and was convinced it was a “tall person garment” for years. I popped it on and instantly fell in love… so much so that even Alix was like ~ woah that’s different ~ and told me that I should keep it. Obviously, I had already fallen in love and this little nugget of trench gold wasn’t going anywhere. The pop of yellow really added vibrancy to any outfit, and the contrast buttons are bang on trend right now. Add on a super flattering tie waist and I am so, so sold.
I’ve worn this bright trench so many times now, and it’s super easy to style. Easier than you think, anyway! The best way forward with a coloured trench coat is either colour blocking, adding texture, or adding patterns, but this look is probably my favourite way to wear yet. The short, cropped style lets you get away with more of a mom, peg-leg shaped bottom or perhaps even a patterned skirt that needs some attention. Oh, and if you’re a bit style-shy, go minimal and “dress” the outfit with a coloured trench.
Are you styling up a trench in SS18?
Would you go long/short or neutral/coloured?
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