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Style Advisor: Three Ways To Style A Trench Coat

Style Advisor: Three Ways To Style A Trench Coat

Who doesn’t love a trench coat? Think about it: it’s built to shield you from the elements, makes everyday ensembles chic, its impact is easily transformed just by deciding to wear it with or without a belt — the possibilities are endless! For this week’s Style Advisor, FLANNELS are showcasing how to get the most out of a single wardrobe staple, particularly during the longest month of the year. And we’ve got quite the piece here in the Burberry trench, a trademark of British design that lends itself to a host of different aesthetics. Let’s get the most out of our faves!

A female model wearing a long-line Gucci coat with a red T-shirt, drawstring trousers and Rhyton sneakers

TRACK & FIELD

The trench is a heritage design, but that doesn’t mean it ever has to be stuffy. By combining the overcoat with track pants, the look is totally transformed, clashing athletic flair against formal tradition. Bonus points if you aim for a wider leg like on this striped Burberry pair, which emphasises a slouchy, nonchalant silhouette.

CHECKMATE

Thanks to brand founder Mr Thomas Burberry, we have the famous check print — as English as tea and crumpets, and forever linked to the mere idea of the trench. (Now that’s branding.) The signature pattern truly pops when contrasted against the coat’s classic neutral tone, and that’s doubly true when showcased on a delicate-yet-streetwise dress design.

A male model wearing a long-line Gucci coat, GG logo hoodie, military chinos and Rhyton sneakers
A male model wearing a long-line Gucci coat, GG logo polo, military chinos and Flashtrek sneakers

BREAK THE MOLD

The trench is a sartorial icon, but that doesn’t mean it should be wholly separate from the streetwear wave. Hoodies (like the Burberry Pulter style pictured) are as likely to be thrown on first thing in the morning as they are to be style grails; in a way, they’re as practical a design as the water-resistant trench is. Worn together, you have a uniform that melts down past and present, and puts the “fun” back in “function”.