Soon, most of us will be waking up to weather that’s consistently not quite cold but definitely not warm. It’s during this transitional season when layering can be the trickiest. Kimonos are too thin, knits are too heavy, blazers are too fussy. But a lightweight coat — that’s just right. We’ve made a resolution to get the most out of our wardrobes in 2015, so below we’re showing you three ways to wear spring’s most classic outerwear: the trench ($150). Scroll through to see how we’d wear the toss-on-and-go-chic coat to the office, on a night out and on a lazy weekend.
Break out of the trench-and-trousers mindset while you’re on the clock with an office-ready skirt that mimics the structure of your coat (and follows the same flattering cinched-at-the-waist silhouette). Tuck in a paper-thin blouse and keep the tailored-yet-feminine feel alive with menswear-inspired accessories like oxford-style heeled booties that make the commute a whole lot nicer and a work-to-weekend leather tote. Finish the streamlined look with minimalist trinkets you can mix-and-match throughout the week like a sleek choker and a jeweled cuff.
Mango Flowy Trench ($150) + COS Printed Cotton Skirt ($115), Zara Long Sleeve Top ($70), J.Crew Thin Hinged Choker ($98), Giant Lion Turquoise Stone Cuff ($80), Miista Julianna Ankle Boot ($216), Simple + Modern Vegan Tote Bag ($49)
A classic coat is the perfect way to balance out an outfit of trends on trends on trends. So on your night out, live it up with of-the-moment hits like roomy culottes, a fine fitted turtleneck and one of spring’s biggest shoe trends: lace-ups (heels of course, to get your fancy on). Your accessories should be just as punchy too: A hot-right-now mini bag will look chic whether your coat is tied or not, while a metallic tasseled necklace and gold hammered drops will keep the look playful.
Mango Flowy Trench ($150) + H&M Wide-Leg Pants ($60), River Island Cream Stripe Long Sleeve Turtleneck ($40), Silence + Noise Sofia Lace-Up Heel ($69), Whistles Hammered Drop Earrings ($36), Bauble Bar Mini Leather Tassel Strand ($44), ASOS Leather Snake Embossed Body Bag ($45)
On your days off, a toss-on-and-go t-shirt dress is the perfect easy-going PIC to your trench, whose signature move is to dress up anything instantly. Play it cool with the rest of your look: woven high-tops add a modern twist to a casual staple, doubly so when they’re worn with meant-to-be-seen socks. Round out your look with cute accessories like a girly bow headband, engraved charm necklace and a patterned zip pouch that can act as an on-the-go wristlet.
Mango Flowy Trench ($150) + Zara Long Dress ($23), In God We Trust Flawless Necklace ($100), Converse All-Star Woven Suede High-Top Sneaker ($80), Stance Indigo Patch Socks ($12), Johnnie Loves Rosie Amrita Bow Turband ($33), Baggu Small 3D Zip in Electric Happy ($8)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!