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When we think of wardrobe staples, there’s a good chance that a trench coat comes to mind. Timeless in its style, we explore three reasons why we love this classic essential so much and why it’s the ultimate everyday necessity.
From the wide lapels to the structured double-breasted fastening, we instantly associate a [trench coat](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/coats-and-jackets/trench) with classic style. And whether you’ve got one hanging in your wardrobe or are just an admirer, there’s no mistaking its timeless appeal. Quintessentially British in its make, the humble trench has come a long way since its early beginnings. It first emerged during the early nineteenth century when it was originally developed for use in the trenches of the First World War and was later adapted to become more comfortable for everyday use. With an assortment of new [trench coat styles](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/coats-and-jackets/trench), we list out three reasons why we love this iconic essential and pick the designs we’ll be pairing with all our clothes.
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Accentuates the Waist

Flattering for every figure, one of the main reasons why we love a trench coat is that it fastens around the waist with a belt – creating an elegant A-line silhouette. Keeping you warm and secure, they also come in a long length, which helps to elongate the body. A great way to look pulled together in a matter of seconds, look for coats that update the classic style with interesting details, like wide buckles, lapels and pleats. Then, finish the look with a simple shoulder bag for an easy, running-around-town outfit.

REDValentino Pleated Trench Coat, £1255; Gianni Chiarini Camilla Shoulder Bag, £275

From Spring to Summer

Simply put, the trench coat is perfect for transitional dressing, which is very befitting for the British weather. Designed out of water-resistant and comfy fabrics, it’ll keep you dry in rainy weather, and is lightweight enough to layer over thick jumpers without feeling too heavy. It also works wonderfully over day dresses for warmer weather, making it the ultimate year-round staple in our book.

Liviana Conti Linen Blend Trench Coat, £515

Easy Way to Wear Colour

One of the easiest ways to incorporate colour into your wardrobe is to spruce up your everyday outfit with a colourful trench coat. If you’re a colour novice, choose a trench in pastel pink or yellow as it’s a subtle shade that pairs easily with other colours. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of bright colours, try a vibrant blue or red coat. An effortless way to make a statement, pair with jeans for a casual, everyday look, or contrast with a multicoloured dress to stand out from the crowd.

Weekend Max Mara Petra Cotton Trench Coat, £510

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