Sunday Staples: Invest In A Twist on the Classic Trench To Glide Effortlessly Into Spring

06 April 2014 by

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GALLERY >> Luxe trenches are having a moment

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Emma Watson spotted in Winser London's Short Trench

£195 at [a target="_blank" href="">Winser London[/a]

Jonathan Saunders

Karlie trench coat, £880 at [a target="_blank" href="">Matches Fashion[/a]


Loose Fit Trench Coat w Buckles, £99.99 at [a target="_blank" href="">Zara[/a]

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Alexa Chung in chic belted wool


Killin Trench, £800 at [a target="_blank" href="">Mackintosh[/a]

Adam Lippes

Silk trench coat, £950 at [a target="_blank" href="">Matches Fashion[/a]

Rachel Bilson has been spotted in Banana Republic's Almond Trench

£99 at [a href="">Banana Republic[/a]


Satin Bow Trench, [a target="_blank" href="">£79.99[/a]

Red Valentino

Coated Point d'Esprit Trench Coat, £510 at [a target="_blank" href="">Net-a-Porter[/a]

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Karlie Kloss out and about in New York last week

Jil Sander

Neon Satin Coat, £1,740 at [a target="_blank" href="">Browns Fashion[/a]


Bonded Trench Coat, £110 at [a target="_blank" href="">Topshop[/a]


Ladder Seam Trench Coat, £275 at [a target="_blank" href="">Reiss[/a]

The key to spring dressing is in piling on the light layers, so it's no wonder that the classic trench has been a huge hit with the A-List in the last few weeks. The shape has been reworked over and over throughout fashion history and the beige mac has become synonymous with heritage looks and brands like Burberry and Daks. So classic is the look that you can pick one up at any price and still summon that utility-style chic.

There's a new way to work it now, though. Keep the palette light: white, icy greys and bold or pastel colours will lift an outfit rather than camouflage it. There's a plethora of new fabrics too: sheeny satins and rubberised cottons but belted cashmere or wool will lend warmth and an expensive weight to a light coat like Karlie Kloss and Alexa Chung's choices.

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