In the Trenches: 8 Stylish Ways to Wear A Trench Coat This Spring

2.29.24

The classic trench coat is getting a major update this spring. Every designer has given this timeless style a new twist and the fashion world has taken notice. Cropped lengths, new neutrals, leather, and denim are just a few of the new iterations you'll see this season. Not only do the styles feel fresh themselves, but there are so many different ways to style a trench as it is the perfect layering piece for spring's transitional weather.

The trench coat was originally designed for military uniforms by Thomas Burberry and was made with the unique storm flaps and hardware that it still has today. The coat was also updated from a rubberized fabric to a lighter weight cotton gabardine with a waterproof finish, and has truly become the most versatile outerwear piece: the Burberry trench coat still being the most famous icon of the brand today. Far from military purposes, the trench is now a timeless classic, surviving decades of fashion trends to become the one piece of clothing every woman needs in her wardrobe. From a casual outfit to an elegant evening ensemble, the trench is a great way to complete any look.

Here are some of our favorite trench coat outfit ideas to help you style one your way this season.

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women wearing a cropped trench coat

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CROPPED TRENCH

New season, new trench. Short trench coats are the latest craze when it comes to the style and takes on a cool, downtown vibe compared with the decidedly more uptown classic trench. Both sporty and modern, the best part of the cropped trench is that it goes as well with jeans and a tee as it does over a dress. (Styling tip: Finish it off with a belt for extra style credit.)

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BLACK TRENCH COAT

If you would not necessarily describe your personal style as "traditional", this black take on the trench could be for you. With cropped jeans and all black accessories, the black trench is a chic statement piece that completes the look. This coat is super versatile and would also look great for more formal events or a night out over a dress with heels for a sophisticated look. Shop this coat as well as a beautiful black leather version below.

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NEW NEUTRALS

The typical beige neutral color of a classic trench has been getting a bit of an update. The new trench coat styles to choose from come in olive green, camel, grey, and even black. This military olive is a fun way to experiment with new neutrals and looks chic paired back to tailored black pants, a fitted tee, and a beautiful bag. Shop new neutrals below to style this look. And click here for more ways to style black pants too!

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CHIC LOOK

A beautiful take on the classic coat, this style is an elegant alternative to the more structured trench. With it's drapey, lightweight fabric, this style has a more sexy, elevated look that can go from day to night. Wear over a mini dress or skirt with knee-high boots for a more dressed up look. And there's always the option to pair back to sneakers to keep it casual for daytime.

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FRENCH GIRL STYLE

If you love Parisian style, this trench is a french wardrobe essential. Paired with pleated plants and a sweater, this ankle length trench is super stylish with its slightly oversized fit and details. She looks so chic, elegant, and effortless for her day in the city. This look screams Quiet Luxury styling, almost like she wasn't even trying.

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DENIM ON DENIM

Pair a cool denim trench with blue jeans for a casual look or wear with a denim skirt for a fun double denim pairing. Styled with your favorite tee or lightweight sweater and knee high boots, this is a versatile look for almost any occasion.

RELATED: Denim on Denim Styling Ideas

woman in a camel trench coat and white jeans

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OVERSIZED

A fresh way to transition into spring's warmer weather is to wear a trench coat with white denim. Neutral-colored trench coats usually come in a mid-beige tone and we love this camel trench coat as a darker, richer update. This oversized double-breasted silhouette is great to layer over sweaters as we head into spring and in the fall as the weather cools off again.

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OFF-DUTY WEEKEND LOOK

There is no shortage of casual trench coat outfits to be inspired by, but this one requires so little effort for so much style. This longer length, double breasted, tan trench coat elevates an otherwise simple look and makes it super stylish. Wear it over straight-leg jeans with a crisp white shirt and white sneakers and you're set for your morning coffee run or anywhere the day takes you!

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