The trench coat may be a timeless classic, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the power to shake up the fashion industry. In fact, it's currently making waves like never before.
What started as a hot trend in 2017/2018, with designers showcasing fun variations like trench dresses, color accents, and off-the-shoulder styles, has evolved into a continued obsession for many seasons to come.
Leather jackets and coats dominated the scene for A/W 17-18, but not in the oft-expected standard black color. Designers softened the look with a color palette inspired by the rich hues of autumn foliage, including shades of burgundy and various tones of light browns. We were captivated by the emergence of hot new leather trench coats at presentations for designers such as Michael Kors Collection, where they were showcased in lengthy, feminine, and strong styles. Meanwhile, Tod’s presented a discreet yet cool black calf hair leather style, and bolder options highlighted leather detailing on traditional khaki styles, adding a modern twist.
If you opt for a full leather or leather-accented version, enhance the look with heels in a matching leather hue. For a touch of retro flair, layer a solid-colored turtleneck underneath and accessorize with vintage-inspired sunglasses like cat-eye or round lens styles. Embrace the feminine yet strong aesthetic, channeling style icons like Mary Tyler Moore. For a contemporary update, complement the look with bold statement earrings in gold or silver, featuring intricate details like pearls or geometric designs from jewelry brands such as Catbird and Sophie Buhai.
When it comes to date night, remember the trench coat's inherently sexy allure. Play with this concept by subtly revealing the top of a lace dress or camisole at the neckline, paired with a skirt or dress that accentuates bare legs. While khaki remains a classic choice, don't hesitate to experiment with new colors such as caramel, burgundy, olive green, or even shocking pink. Versatile and stylish, the trench coat serves as the perfect transitional piece, whether in a streamlined model or an oversized silhouette, offering both fashion and function in unpredictable autumn weather.
It’s no surprise that the trench coat has become a staple in the wardrobes of stylish Londoners and Parisians alike. Its demure elegance effortlessly elevates any outfit, whether in a traditional design or an unexpected runway twist with sleeve or shoulder variations. With a trench coat, you can effortlessly elevate almost any ensemble, whether you're reaching for boots, slingback heels, or a trim pair of sneakers with Cape Cod style. Just be warned: once you experience the luxury of an opulently lined trench coat, you may never want to take it off.