FLANNELS 3-WAYS: HOW TO STYLE A TRENCH COAT

FLANNELS 3-WAYS: HOW TO STYLE A TRENCH COAT

How to style women's trench coats

FLANNELS 3-WAYS:

HOW TO STYLE A TRENCH COAT

This is how to wear a trench coat, the FLANNELS way.

WORDS: MARNI ROSE MCFALL, GRAPHICS: HOLLIE MAE HOMAN, PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH IRONMONGER, STYLING: GEMMA BAGULEY, Photographer: jane doe

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barbara Streisand as Katie in The Way We Were, Brigitte Bardot in Babette Goes To War. The fashion hall of fame is lined with many an iconic piece. But the trench coat? It’s one of the biggest of them all.

As Janelle Okwodu wrote in Vogue: “The trench melds itself to the wearer, becoming whatever it needs to be at that moment… Long after the latest trend item falls out of favour, we’ll all no doubt be seeking out that perfect belted trench.” A true wardrobe stalwart, if there ever was a piece to invest in heavily, the trench is it. With the uncanny ability to effortlessly pull together more laidback items and instantly dress down looks, it’s not surprising it’s become one of the most important items in our wardrobe, from work to weekend to night out.

But how do you style your trench coat? Which one should you buy, and how many ways can you wear it? Well, that’s where we come in…

Introducing FLANNELS 3-Ways, your new styling BFF. We’re breaking down three ways to style the most important items in your closet. This week, we’re talking coats. And the coat in question? It’s Alexander McQueen’s Cut Away Trench. Whether you’re piling up on It pieces, trying to nail that easy, breezy, chill every day look or entering your summer mourning era and going all trench coat and nothing else… this is how to style the trench coat the FLANNELS way, with a little help from Gucci, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta and more.

LOOK 1: THIS IS IT GIRL STYLE

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Question: how many It pieces is too many It pieces? Answer: the limit does not exist… Make like Miu Miu, grab your Gucci, pull on your Prada: we aren’t holding back.

For a look that screams ‘I am perennially ready to be papped,’ this is what you need to do. Start with Miu Miu’s pleated Mini Skirt (because no one does a mini like Miuccia). It’s been two years since Miu Miu broke the internet – and spawned a million memes - with their ultra mini skirt. But in 2024? It’s still a hot topic – thanks to the emergence of the lit girl and all-American prep trends that aren dominating the zeitgeist right now (here’s looking at Billie Eilish and Hailey Bieber). This iteration, in a school uniform shade of navy blue, features the brand’s signature logo detailing to the rear, stitched in glimmering gold. Major. Up top? An easy breezy knitted polo from Tom Ford. A classic polo is a must-add to your wardrobe this season. The humble shirt was big news at the SS24 runways, showing up in collections by Miu Miu and Gucci. And when Jacob Elordi wore that one in Saltburn? The fashion set collectively decided they would be one of the most important pieces of the season. So, we recommend adding Tom Ford’s take to your wardrobe fast.

And we’re just getting started… It’s time for the It bag of the season to enter the chat. Gucci’s Horsebit Bag is the latest from the Gucci archive to set the fashion world on fire, and it’s hardly surprising. As Neil Leonard, founder of Lab2022 , an archive dedicated to collecting Tom Ford-era Gucci pieces, told Vogue, the bag “defines iconic.” Can’t argue with that. And this glossy, iridescent green iteration is a must. On your feet? Miu Miu’s cult ballet flats, with ribbons – another of the season’s key pieces - thanks to TikTok’s girlhood revival and Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla - laced up the calf. Don’t blame us if your 2024 looks peak here.

LOOK 2: SUMMER MOURNING

Statement trench coat outfit, model wears Alexander McQueen, Diesel and Balenciaga Statement trench coat outfit, model wears Alexander McQueen, Diesel and Balenciaga

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This look? It’s got big energy. Huge. Think show stealing, mob wife, Carmela Soprano energy. This is how to nail the assignment…

With this look, it’s time to let your trench do the talking. The true beauty of the trench? You can wear it so many ways. And we’re casting it as the main character of the look. Think a coat, as a dress. Keep it buttoned-up, tightly cinched at the waist and billowing out at the ankles. Statement-making style, in one easy move? It’s a yes. The rest is all in the accessories…

For the bag, you need to go for Diesel’s Play Crossbody in glossy two-tone pastel pink and cherry red which is almost good enough to eat… The high-shine, big energy hue cuts through the black of the rest of the look, which instantly adds to the attitude. On your feet, opt for Balenciaga’s hard-hitting thigh-high Cagole Boots which reach well up past the knee, and pick up a pair of Gucci shades for when you want to go incognito. To finish? A pair of Givenchy’s lace-up gloves. It’s dirty work, looking this good.

LOOK 3: EVERYDAY CHILL

Casual, everyday trench coat outfit, model wears pieces by Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and Max Mara Casual, everyday trench coat outfit, model wears pieces by Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and Max Mara

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When it comes to easy, everyday styling for your trench, you want your look to feel fuss-free. Easy. Effortless. Like you just rolled out of bed on a Saturday morn and into your outfit. And this is how to do it…

You’ll need your bestie, Bottega Veneta. More specifically, you’ll need their Fine Knit Cotton Polo - we told you the polo shirt was big news this season - and this one, in a soft shade of pineapple yellow, is one of our favourites. It’s the perfect harmony between statement and staple, so you’ll look next level without looking like you’ve spent hours planning your outfit (lucky for you, we did that). Basically, it’s perfect for your everyday. Down below? Opt for a pair of large and loose tailored trousers via Max Mara.

Who do you take as your plus-one to the styling party? Bottega Veneta of course. There are few guarantees in life (or fashion), but the fact that a touch of intrecciato weave will instantly complete any outfit is one of them. And right now, we can’t get enough of the Small Hop Bag in cool, grey-toned aloe green. On your feet? The hottest shoe in the world according to Lyst; the adidas Samba. If only everyday could look this good… Oh wait, it does.


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