Here’s what you can snap up in Søstrene Grene stores right now
Here’s what you can snap up in Søstrene Grene stores right now

Megan Burns

Check out every shade of Glossier Ultralip, the new balm and lip tint hybrid
Check out every shade of Glossier Ultralip, the new balm and lip tint hybrid

Holly O'Neill

Hungry? This colourful sweet potato salad can be whipped up in a flash
Hungry? This colourful sweet potato salad can be whipped up in a flash

Meg Walker

‘She didn’t murder anybody’: Linda Martin weighs in on Nadine Coyle’s infamous Passportgate 20 years on
‘She didn’t murder anybody’: Linda Martin weighs in on Nadine Coyle’s infamous Passportgate 20 years...

Sarah Finnan

“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high heels”
“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high...

Sophie White

I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams
I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams

Sarah Finnan

Increased lawlessness among teens needs compassion, not admonishment
Increased lawlessness among teens needs compassion, not admonishment

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Fashion

Why An Updated Trench Is The Coolest Coat Right Now


by Marie Kelly
14th Jan 2018
blank

Fashion loves a good reinvention, and this year one of our wardrobe’s most mundane items (to my mind, anyway) has been beautifully reimagined for the style lovers among us. No more bland beige or practical camel (unless the piece has been given a directional cut or an unexpected silhouette). This year, trench coats come in a variety of colours, with beautiful embellishments and in contemporary cuts.

Fendi, below, did it best, offering a mint green trench with a floral print and cape-style sleeves. It looked totally fresh and modern but it was still recognisable as a classic trench.

Milanese designer Gabriela Hearst used 2018’s Pantone colour of the year to subvert tradition, sending a trench coat down the runway in the most delicate shade of lilac. This juxtaposition of utilitarianism with femininity created a stunning piece that, again, felt utterly fresh.

High street offerings are just as strong. Pillar box green at River Island, printed at Bimbaylola.com and contrasting fabric at Zara. What was once a pragmatic buy is now a style statement and an expression of your personality. A reworked trench will instantly add a point of difference to your look and demonstrate, firstly, a confidence in your style choices, and secondly, a discreet awareness of what’s going on in the world of fashion. Statement outerwear usually benefits from being paired with an otherwise restrained look. If you’re opting for a strong colour like this River island piece, choose neat tailored trousers and a textured sweater in neutral shades to wear beneath. The bimbaylola coat would work well with dark jeans and perhaps a vibrant red polo-neck. The print is subdued enough that it can take a shot of colour. While I’d wear the Zara piece with a midi skirt to emphasise the directional cut of the hemline.

Bright green belted trench coat, €113 at River Island

 

Printed trench coat, €96 at Bimbaylola.com

Contrasting fabric trench, €49.99 at Zara

Also Read

The women who celebrate individual style
premium FASHION, SHOPPING
It’s time to kick back against conformity and gloom, and celebrate individual style

Fabulous style is a celebration of being alive. Let’s dress ourselves happy again.

By Rose Mary Roche

M&S Ghost
FASHION
M&S teams up with celebrity-favourite Ghost for new summer collection

By Sarah Finnan

Fashion Week
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
What does the future of Fashion Week look like?

New York Fashion has just ended. Did you even know it was happening this year? NYC-based fashion editor Freya Drohan reports on the state of runway in 2021.

By Freya Drohan

London Fashion Week
FASHION, BEAUTY
The London Fashion Week beauty trends you’ll actually want to wear

Lived-in, luxe hair, chic chignons, swooping liner and intricate nail art; these are the AW21 London Fashion Week beauty trends you'll actually want to wear.

By Holly O'Neill

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING, SUSTAINABLE STYLE
5 vegan, eco-conscious trainer brands to switch to

Make the swap with these eco-conscious trainer brands that never...

By Erin Lindsay

second-hand designer bags Ireland
FASHION, SUSTAINABLE STYLE
The best Irish shops to buy pre-loved designer bags online

Buying second-hand is a more sustainable and affordable way to shop designer handbags, so with stores remaining shut for the moment, thankfully there are trusted retailers offering great options online.

By Megan Burns

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
The Rejina Pyo & Other Stories collaboration is your summer capsule wardrobe

By Holly O'Neill