Fashion: The Fail Safe Way To Style A Classic Trench Coat

Note to self: taking photos in bright sunshine is not the one.

Another note to self: taking outfit photos with a jacket included on one of the hottest days of the year is DEFINITELY not the one.

I digress.

If you know me well, you'll know that I'm not a summer person AT ALL. I pretty much live in jeans all year round and only get my legs out once a year at a push (pale girl problems). I'm also that weirdo who wears a jacket come rain or shine, and the trench coat is one of my faves as it's such a classic and it instantly makes any outfit look chic and effortless without also making you sweat your ta-tas off on a warm day - except the day these photos were taken...I was glowing to say the least!

Bearing all this in mind, I was really interested to read Jack Will's guide on how to style a trench coat in conjunction with the release of their new range of trenches in all shapes and styles and I definitely learned a few things about where the trench coat actually came from! It sounds silly, but I didn't realize the trench coat was actually to do with trenches in the war to keep the soldiers dry and that everyone after that basically loved the design and a trend was born! I also had a little google of trench coats through the ages in fashion which I'd definitely recommend you do too as it's given me so much inspiration on how to style my own!

Jacket - Missguided (old - similar here) / Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop (old - similar here) / Belt - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop (sold out, similar here) / Bag - New Look (old - similar here
Top - New Look (old - similar here) / Sunglasses - Quay Australia (old - similar here)

It might seem strange that a jacket is a summer staple of mine, but let's be honest, the UK probably has about a weeks worth of a so-called summer every year and the rest is pretty much grey and cloudy, so I've found having a lightweight jacket in my wardrobe that instantly amps up any outfit is a must!

My trench of choice at the moment is this oversized Missguided number that I picked up a year or so ago. It's a bit of a quirky option since it doesn't have a belt and it's got a more boxy shape as opposed to more flattering ones out there that can really cinch you in, but all that is kind of what I love about it! I love to pair my trench with a striped top picked out of the 48492754 that I own, a pair of black skinnies, loafers and a statement belt - all finished off with my faaaaaave red lipstick. It's such a simple look but one that is so fail safe and that I can leave the house in feeling fabulous and knowing I look put together!

I definitely have my eye on a couple of other trench coats to add to my wardrobe though and while I must admit I've never actually bought anything from Jack Wills before, their whole collection of coats has caught my eye and I may have already popped a couple in my shopping basket waiting for payday...oops!
The navy Ambrose trench is my fave of the bunch - I've always wanted a navy version so that I've got the best of both worlds and I can see this one looking amazing as we go into Autumn/Winter. It's got a belt too, which is something my current trench doesn't have so it would be amazing to see how I could style it up.

I'd love to know your thoughts on the classic trench coat and how you'd style it! Are you a fan and if so where have you found your perfect trench?

Let me know in the comments below and don't forget you can follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with all of my posts.

Always, Alice x

*This post was in collaboration with Jack Wills, but all words, photos and ramblings are my own.

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