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How to wear the trench coat | La Redoute Brand Ambassador

This week one of my much loved fashion magazines, Red had a piece on their website on the wardrobe classic that is the trench coat. More importantly, the lovely Hannah Gilchrist wrote of the fashion girl’s guide to wearing a trench coat. Perfect timing, as for one of my last pieces for La Redoute following a world-wind 9 months as one of their Brand Ambassadors, I have picked a trench coat as part of my monthly outfit choices.

This isn’t my first trench coat but I feel like it is my first grown up one. I’ve toyed with a few versions before; a navy one from Hong Kong with a ruffled trim, a beige with chocolate beading I bought from a fashion exhibition, which never really suited me. Finally I have a trench coat that I am in love with, the Laura Clement Double Breasted Belted Trench Coat. It is a little lighter in weight than I imagined, but it’s perfect for spring and summer. Perfect for those transitional days when the British weather isn’t quite sure what it is doing.

How to wear a trench coat

This weekend I wore it as I dashed into London for the Vogue Festival and a talk by Christian Louboutin and as the weather was a little drizzly; the trench was perfect for keeping me dry but not getting me too hot and bothered, as its a great light weight 100% Lyocell®.

How to wear a trench coat

The trench coat can be “one of the most hard-working item in your wardrobe”, Red 2015 and investment in one will see you from season to season. Trust me I would love the legendary Burberry trench or a Max Mara reversible trench but I know that my bank balance wouldn’t favour it. La Redoute have a great range of coats that will work for your budget and the Laura Clement trench is just perfect.

How to wear a trench coat

How to wear a trench coat

  • Choose a simple, tailored cut that won’t go out of fashion
  • Don’t go for a colour unless you normally wear navy. It will wash you out on a dull day and any other colour might be “on trend” that season but will soon go out of fashion
  • Beige, camel, tan – is best. A classic look that you can have as a fashionable but functional piece rather than being the show stopper
  • Add a pop of colour with your bag or accessories to keep your look fresh if you’re wearing your trench day in, day out
  • Go for a long length; it will see you through more seasons; look for around a 105cm length

Top tip from Red magazine “you’re opting to wear a trench with flats, punt for a flattering knee or midi length to balance out the shape”

Outfit; Laura Clement La Redoute Trench Coat*, La Redoute denim shirt*, Mint Velvet skinny jeans, Boots from Tesco

What’s your trench style? Share your favourite looks with me on twitter @ladympresents

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