Mastering Trench Coat Fashion: Women's Style Guide for Every Occasion

The trench coat is a classic wardrobe staple with centuries of history in men's and women's wear. Originally created in the mid-19th century, this closet essential got its name from the calf-length 'trenches' worn by the British Army during World War I.

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Trench coats are timeless, adding a bit of everyday luxury to your wardrobe. They are ideal for transitional weather, or those in-between days that are not cold enough for a heavy coat but too chilly for just a sweater.

Yet, styling a trench coat can be easier said than done, especially if you want to wear it with modern trends. We're helping you with this guide to magnetic dressing featuring the classic trench coat.

Styling a Trench Coat for Fall/Winter

A trench coat is the ideal on-the-go piece for fall/winter outfits. You can dress it up or down, taking it from the grocery store to a night out and everything in between.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite outfit combos to try with your trench this fall/winter.

Over a Leather Mini Skirt and Knee-High Boots

Take a note from the 1970s and pair your trench coat with your favorite leather mini skirt outfits. Add a pair of on-trend knee-high or thigh-high boots and tights to keep out the chill.

With a one-shoulder top, this outfit is an easy-to-wear option for a dinner date. Switch the going-out top for a breezy t-shirt or weather-appropriate knit to run errands or attend fall festivities.

The one styling tip to remember here is to choose a shorter, thigh-length trench. Ankle-skimming options look out of place with the skirt's hemline and break up your silhouette unflatteringly.

With a Pop of Red: The Color of the Season

Trench coats pair well with neutrals, but if color is more your thing, consider adding it in pops of red. The Row and Prada sent bold, red knits down their 2023 runways, while Loewe drenched models in the color from head to toe.

If you want to dip your toes into this trend, wear a saturated ruby sweater with your trench and jeans. Or dive in deep with a full red maxi or midi like our asymmetric dress.

Our top tip for wearing a trench coat with this bold color is to pay attention to the undertones. Determine if your trench is more of a cool or warm tan, and choose reds to match.

On Top of Elevated Basics

Elevated basics are your favorite wardrobe essentials but made of luxe fabrics. They feature refined details that wouldn't make them out of place for a night on the town, like fine rib knit pocketless shorts.

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This trend goes hand-in-hand with 'quiet luxury,' which has taken over FW23 runways and social media feeds alike. What better way to top off this chic aesthetic than with an elegant trench?

Throw on a pair of sneakers and call it a day. This outfit is a travel essential, great for running errands, impressive for running to and from the gym, and classy enough for drinks with the girls.

In Addition to a Maxi Skirt and Ankle Boots

The early 2010s are back, and the re-rise of maxi skirts and ankle boots is here to tell the tale. Trending maxis are ankle-skimming and voluminous. Pair them with pointed-toed heeled boots to elongate your silhouette or chunky lug soles for casual outings.

A trench coat is the perfect complement for this outfit. Just ensure your coat's hem matches that of your maxi skirt for a seamless silhouette that avoids chopping off your legs.

Finish the look with a simple tee or something more work-appropriate like our structured collar t-shirts. Accessorize with a leather shoulder bag for work or a tote bag for casual daily wear.

Accompanied by All Brown

The other color for the season is actually neutral: brown. Rich, deep chocolate and lighter camel hues are all the rage, making many fashion experts proclaim brown as the new black.

There is no better way to get in on this trend than by adding a trench coat. The traditional sand color pairs perfectly with caramel leather pants, a mocha-colored roll neck, and a pair of on-trend umber leather flats.

You can also make your tan leather summer accessories do double-duty for these outfits. Add a camel leather belt, heeled boots, and a ladylike bag for an all-brown look that screams Fall fashion style.

Trench Coat Outfits for Warm Fall Weather

If you live in a warm-weather climate, you may think you can't wear trench coats. We're helping make it possible with our sleeveless trench.

Made of a buttery cotton nylon twill, this jacket is flexible dressing at its finest. Add the belt for a cinched-in look, or remove it to show off your favorite curated pieces. The collar is also adjustable, converting from a classic trench coat style to a modern high-neck silhouette.

Not sure how to wear your new GSTQ sleeveless trench? Here are some ideas to take you from day to night.

Casual Day-to-Day Ideas

Look polished to perform in all-black workout gear paired with your sleeveless trench. Add sneakers and a cloth tote bag for a quick lunch or running to the gym.

Exchange your athleisure items for jeans and a t-shirt to go grocery shopping or pick the kids up from school. Flats and a leather shoulder bag are some go-to accompaniments.

All Dressed-Up Options

Our sleeveless trench coat is easy to dress up for a night out. Add the belt, button up the collar, and throw on a pair of on-trend slingbacks and statement earrings for polished flexibility.

When nights get chilly, add a long-sleeve dress and heeled boots. Loosen the neckline to show off a statement necklace or fashion-forward silk scarf, and add a sparkly bag to complete the look.

Head-to-Toe Dressing With GSTQ

Styling a trench coat doesn't have to be a headache when you follow this guide. Wear this timeless piece with skirts, elevated basics, and all-brown. Or try a sleeveless version for warm fall weather looks.

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