RealStyle | Trend Test: The Not-So-Basic Trench
RealStyle | Trend Test: The Not-So-Basic Trench

Trend Test: the Not-so-basic Trench Coat

Words by Noelani Piters | 3.1.18
We all have those essentials in our collections, the throw-on-and-go favorites that save the day when we hit the snooze button too many times or feel like we’ve exhausted every imaginable outfit option. For us, a trench coat is one of those iconic garments that doesn’t just get the job done; it has the power to take a painfully average ensemble and elevate it to street style status.
But even though the trench has proven its worth as a wardrobe mainstay, it’s still susceptible to the “I have nothing to wear” doldrums of the fashionably inclined. How can I make this coat not so… basic? you may wonder one morning, surrounded by a sea of outfit rejects. Luckily, here at The RealReal we delight in creative problem solving, especially when it comes to clothes. Keep reading for our tips on transforming the tried-and-true trench into your freshest, most versatile piece for spring.
Show It Some LV

Burberry Belted Trench Coat; Louis Vuitton Monogram Ceinture Trio Belt; Yeezy Sock Boots

If you haven’t repurposed your coat as a dress yet, you’re missing out on some untapped potential. Start with warm, form-fitting layers as a foundation (especially if there’s a breeze); then, button up and cinch the coat at the waist to create an instant hourglass silhouette.
When it comes to making a trench-cum-dress stand out, however, it’s all about how you accessorize. Trade the coat’s accompanying tonal belt for a luxe logo number — the Louis Vuitton monogram is a no-brainer, and especially the instantly recognizable Monogram Initiales buckle — and up your footwear game with a pair of sleek sock boots. The mix of heritage classics and über-on-trend pieces lends itself to endless designer combinations, making it an outfit formula that you can use again and again.
Take It To The Streets
RealStyle | The Not-So-Basic Trench

Gucci 2017 Tiger-Appliqué Trench Coat; Gucci 2017 Embroidered Sweatshirt

Once upon a time, using a sweatshirt as a crucial style element would’ve garnered a few disapproving looks (and possibly necessitated a conversation with your boss if you were brave enough to sport one at work). Nowadays, however, streetwear has been embraced by everyone from Stella McCartney to Balenciaga. Recent iterations of the high-end hoodie allow for a marriage of style and comfort. In essence, the coat and hoodie combo is about to become your new go-to, whether you’re headed to brunch or headed to your (fashion forward) 9-to-5. Pair it with jeans or patterned cigarette trousers, depending on the kind of statement you’re trying to make.

Ready to go the extra mile? Try a trench with a little extra flair – like Gucci’s sequined version, or perhaps a leather studded Burberry Prorsum piece – for a truly one-of-a-kind look.
Give It The Slip

Burberry Brit Lightweight Trench Coat; Raquel Allegra Slip Dress; Gucci Marmont Quilted Leather Bucket Bag; Woman by Common Projects Sneakers

We have news: the underwear-as-outerwear trend is alive and well. After all, Marie Antoinette was wearing sheer undergarments as dresses in the 18th century… why should it fall out of favor now?
RealStyle | The Not-So-Basic Trench
When it comes to mastering a casual yet polished ensemble, color coordination is key. Opt for a romantic slip dress, effortless handbag and elevated sneaker in the same shade. The complement of a contrasting trench will be the finishing touch you need to transcend the fatigued all-black outfit. Plus, the relaxed, pulled together vibe means it’s the ultimate off duty look, perfect for brunch with your besties, a trip to the farmer’s market or even weekend wine tasting with your significant other.
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