The perfect timeless wardrobe staple, a trench coat

This is a round up of trench coats, the ultimate in timeless wardrobe staples.

The Trench Coat

Trench coats. The timeless third piece.

It’s the one clothing item that can tie an entire outfit together and elevate your look in a matter of seconds. It’s a timeless style that can carry you through all of the seasons.

But, a traditional trench coat is not right for everyone. So what’s a girl to do?

You can make anything your “trench coat” piece for your capsule wardrobe. Feel free to use any neutral-colored jacket, coat, or outerwear as your trench coat. Just make it something you love, is somewhat classic in style, and that it works with everything. It’s all about making these foundational pieces work for your lifestyle. 

Below I’ve pulled together a few classic trench coats as well as trench coat alternatives so there is something for everyone. 

Classic Trench Coat Styles

Trench Coat Alternatives

How to find your timeless wardrobe staples

This is the last in my pick one series of the eight essential capsule wardrobe basics. We’ve gone through each one of them and my hope is you’ve been inspired to wear your basics in fresh new ways, have picked up a thing or two that you’ve been needing, and that I’ve made it easier to find things you love to wear. If you missed anything, you can head back to read about blazers, a little black dress, white shirt, black pants, and a pencil skirt to get caught up.

My goal is to help you find the right clothes, not just more of them.

Just like the end of any good series, you are looking for the next one to get started on. I have a few ideas up my sleeve, but until then I’ll be here weekly with more style ideas and shopping guidance so be sure to stay tuned.

If there is something specific you are looking for, something you don’t understand how to wear, or where to shop for it, let me know in the comments below. I want to deliver the content you want. Your input is invaluable to me. 

As always, please share with someone who could use some style love.



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4 thoughts on “The perfect timeless wardrobe staple, a trench coat”

  1. I’ve never worn a trench coat, not sure it’s made for my shape, I’m an apple shape.. Is this something an apple (round) shape could pull off? Thanks so much Lisa

    1. Yes, an apple shape can pull this off, you need to make sure it fits you properly. You don’t want it too big with lots of extra material, and you want to tie it. Treat it like a wrap dress, which is a great silhouette for an apple shaped body. Perhaps give the knit option I included a try, this will be more form fitting but not tight. You don’t want anything bulky in the middle and you want to create a cinch at your waist. Hope this helps.

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