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If you own a trench coat, you know the joy and versatility of this classic, iconic, all-time-favorite outerwear. The trench can be worn with slinky little dresses, blue jeans, and everything in between. The 1980s saw many slouchy, oversized trench coats draped over famous bodies. Flash forward to today, the trench is still surrounded by heart-eye emojis. 

Take inspiration from these trench-centric outfits! 


Paulina Porizkova’s Soft-Touch Wool Trench with Black Slacks and Pumps

Supermodel Paulina Porzikova looks both severe and soft in a long, drapey trench in a luxurious wool knit. Like a 5-star hotel robe, the trench is cinched at the waist and cuffed at the sleeves. She wears the dreamy, creamy coat with slim-line trousers, black pumps, and a pair of leather gloves peeping out of one hand. 

Women’s Double-Breasted Trench Coat Classic Lapel Overcoat Slim Outerwear Waterproof Coat with Belt Buckle

Prince’s Studded Purple Trench Layered with White Ruffles 

One of the most iconic coats of the 1980s and all-time…Prince’s purple studded coat. The master wears the royal-toned coat over a ruffled blouse, metallic trousers, and a pure white guitar. 

Evening Elegance, Bold Lips, and Swanky Heels 

A ¾ length trench coat in rich khaki green is just as spectacular in the evening as it is during the day. Wear over a slinky little cocktail dress with sheer tights, strappy heels, a leather handbag, and red lips. Perfect for bustling down Parisian streets. 

Notched Lapel Double Breasted Faux Suede Trench Coat Jacket with Belt

Leather-on-Leather and Plenty of Texture 

How’s this for a chic trench ensemble? A high-shine leather or vegan leather trench in a caramel tone, worn over a textured, leather-like skirt and a plain tee. Black ankle socks, white booties, and a cute little handbag. Fashion week calls. 

Double Breasted Lambskin Leather Mid Long Trench Coat

Extremely Oversized, with Chucks and Black Layers 

Take a leaf out of Lauren Hutton’s style book with a floor-length trench draped over the body, with casual sneakers peeking out the bottom. Layer your trench with simple black basics or even a roomy jumpsuit. Hair swept back, hands in pockets, no time to waste. 

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top

Statement Shirt Cuffs, Crisp White Collars, and Pointy Boots 

Create unique layers with long, oversized shirt cuffs extending under trench coat sleeves. Fasten the blouse up to the neck and frame the face with dangling earrings and statement eyewear. Minimal color, maximum style detail. 

Statement Sleeves, Classic Adidas, and Costume-Like Volume 

Shroud yourself in oodles of soft-touch wool in natural tartan, with huge, puffed sleeves and a cinched waist. Wear over wide-leg jeans that peek out the bottom of the trench, and add pops of color with bold shoes and a bright handbag. 

adidas Women’s Grand Court Sneaker

Cinched Leather, Slouchy Boots, and a Black Turtleneck 

If you’re lucky enough to come across a long leather trench (or vegan leather) with double-breasted buttons and a cinched waist, snap it up. Layer with a black turtleneck, knee-high boots, and a single drop pendant. 2020 Matrix-style streetwear. 

Faux Suede Chunky Heel Stretch Over The Knee Thigh High Boots

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Layered Over a Monochrome Suits, with Popped Collars and Black Converse 

A long, loose, roomy trench coat easily encompasses a suit, adding extra warmth and an extra opportunity to layer color and texture. Pop the color, choose sneakers, and layer with a plain white tee. The dramatic-yet-professional way to wear a trench. 

Converse Unisex-Adult Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox

A Thin Leather Belt, Black Capris, and 1980s Drop Earrings  

Check out this classic Vogue sewing pattern from 1983. A linen trench coat in a wheat color, with a belt to cinch the waist, and cropped black trousers. Note the contoured, blushed cheeks, and drop earrings. 

Monochrome Neutrals, A White Crop, and Gold Details  

Stay cool and covered in a linen trench coat and matching baggy trousers. Pick neutral shades such as wheat, beige, or grey. Layer with a fresh white crop and mirror the snowy hue with bright white sneakers. Ritz it up with a gold chain handbag, gold hoops, and reflective sunglasses. 

Skechers Women’s D’Lites Memory Foam Lace-up Sneaker

Sweet Feminine Tones and a Shawl-Style Approach 

Dress yourself in soft, pastel tones and floaty textures such as pleated chiffon. Wear a lightweight trench over your shoulders, and go for a feminine shade of lilac, lavender, or cornflower blue. Accessorize with snow-white pumps and a pastel, boxy handbag. Cute as a button, sweet as a rose. 

Snake Print and Theatrical Shoes 

Embrace animal print with a reptilian trench coat worn open and loose over a neutral-toned dress or pant-and-tee combo. Add further drama with a pair of statement heels with embellishments, structural shapes, or bold colors. 

Snake Print Pointed Toe High Heels

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