Alright, I love a great closet staple. The trench coat has always been such. Whether it’s worn by Kate Middleton or referenced in years before with Audrey Hepburn’s styling of the jacket, it’s truly a piece every woman should have in her wardrobe. So let’s chat more about styling a classic beige trench coat for the office.
I recently found myself in a bit of a rut. I felt like all I’d been wearing were jeans. So I’ve been trying to mix things up with dresses, skirts and pants that aren’t jeans (see this previous outfit and this one). And because I’m an outlier in being afforded the opportunity to work from home, I’ve been working on sharing more work appropriate looks for those of you who work in an office environment!
What’s funny is I actually purchased this trench coat many moons ago, back in 2015 when I was working in an office. Although I wasn’t having to commute or walk outside like some of our friends in more metropolitan cities (DC, NYC…), I loved the idea of having a belted trench to throw over a dress or pants as an additional layer and shield from the wind when I walked from my car in the parking garage to our building.
And to this day, I still pull out my trench coat and mix it up in my wardrobe come fall through spring. My trench is from J.Crew and while it was an investment (over $200), it’s more than paid for itself in the number of times I’ve worn it. Whether belted or open, styling a classic beige trench coat gives each ensemble an elevated touch.
If you’re looking to add a trench coat to your wardrobe, here are a few things to take into consideration. Are you looking for a trench coat that’s functional and rain repellant or simply for a top layer over an outfit? Are you shorter like me or tall? This will affect the length of trench you opt for. And finally, do you want a trench that remains open or is more traditional with a double or single breasted closure and belt? Again, since I’m only 5’3, sometimes I tend to get swallowed up by overcoats, so I personally went for a double-breasted trench coat, that could be belted, too.