FabSugar: How to Wear a Trench Coat

This story is from our partner, FabSugar! Once a month we’ll share FabSugar’s best fashion tips and shopping guides. Today’s post is teaches you how to wear trench coats for winter written by Brittney Stephens of FabSugar:

Surprisingly Versatile: 1 Trench Coat, 5 Chic Ways to Wear It

Trench coats: they’re cool and classic and lend a polished vibe to your look, no matter what you happen to be wearing underneath. The sleek silhouette calls to mind fashion icons like Jackie O., Katharine Hepburn, or Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (who can forget her trench coat flapping in the breeze?). We’ve seen lots of cool spins on the timeless trench this season, from Burberry’s leather sleeves and acid-bright hues to Diane von Furstenberg’s cropped, nylon iterations… and the best thing about the style is that it comes in multiseasonal fabrications and colors, making it an appropriate choice for any occasion. We’ve taken one definitively classic Burberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench ($1,095) and styled it five different ways, for work, play, and everything in between. Read on to shop each look now…

For work…
This look is perfect for work – skinny black pants and a chambray shirt will look totally tailored when paired with red pointy-toe pumps and a showstopping necklace.

6502270651:Yahoo:photoBurberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,095), Jessica Simpson Collection Decadent Statement Necklace ($145), All Saints Verne Ashby Jeans ($110), Levi’s Made & Crafted Sundown Chambray Shirt ($220), Dolce Vita Bella Heels ($169)


For the weekend…
Great for work or the weekend, this sophisticated jeans-and-blouse look is a winner, whether you’re in the city or country. It gives a slight nod to the ’70s, without being costumey.

6502270727:Yahoo:photoBurberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,095), Tucker Printed Silk Shirt ($285), Foley + Corinna Chain-Strap Attache ($250), Steve Madden Maarkee Wedge Booties ($150), Textile Elizabeth & James Jimi Mid-Rise Flared Jeans ($195)

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For laidback days…
Don’t think for a second that you can’t wear a trench coat with your weekend-chic boyfriend jeans and sneakers. Not only will it instantly elevate your look, but it looks a lot more polished than a hoodie.

6502270811:Yahoo:photoBurberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,095), Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Corduroy Jeans ($165), Rachel Rachel Roy Adinah Sneaker ($80), Zoe Karssen Sworn to Fun Loyal to None Jersey T ($95), Mango Animal Print Scarf ($55)

For a first date…
We love this look for a snowy first date; start with a cozy belted sweater dress, layer up with thick tights and a Winter-y hat, and slip into a pair of funky, sky-high ankle booties. It’s sweet and sexy, without being overly bundled up.

6502270905:Yahoo:photoA.P.C. Belted Wool and Cashmere Sweater Dress ($385), Topshop Fur Pom Pom Knitted Hat ($28), Burberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,095), Loeffler Randall Serena Platform Bootie ($425)

For evening…
This sweet, romantic ensemble is great for a night of drinks and dancing – and you can also add a faux fur stole to really luxe up the look.


Burberry London Marystow Gabardine Trench Coat ($1,095), House of Harlow 1960 Val Leather Clutch ($195), Milly Silvie Dress ($395), Nina Ricci Velvet Wrap Sandals ($695)

Which look is your favorite?
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  • Anna James

    Oooo love all these outfits. The first two are stunning. I’m wearing a great trench from Kohls on my fashion blog today. Love if you’d check it out. Don’t you just love Fabsugar. They’re the best. I just found out I was their look of the day today. So exciting. such an honor. xo


  • Melissa Panici

    I love all of these looks! My favorite is the 2nd one. Thanks for sharing Lauren and FabSugar!!

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    A beautiful Burberry trench been my dream coat forever. These looks are gorgeous!


    – Cher

  • Stacie Grissom

    Man those Burberry coats are amazing. :)

    How to make a bow < -- my blog :)

  • Danielle Marie {Envision Pretty}

    Burberry is so timeless! love it. I wish I could put this on my Xmas list… but then it would be the only thing I got! :)


  • Petra Zeller

    Wow really pretty Outfits. I really love “”for a first date”” and “”for the evening””. This is a great Post. Thank you Lauren

    xoxo, Petra

    Check out my Post “”Leather meets Flower”” on: http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Thaman

    Hey! I just saw a similar post, 1 handbag 7 ways!


    I love anything that’s versatile!



  • Tiffani Stuart

    I don’t think I’m feeling the velvet wrap sandals w/that last outfit… but everything else, I’d totally rock!

  • Melissa Riollano

    I love these options. So cute! Well… except for the long flowly blouses. Not my style, or really flattering for me… but still LOVE the Burberry Trench

  • Hanny R

    I love all the looks!!! I’m currently wearing my trench coat for today i wish i coudl wear it more and more but this weather in this state just always changing from warm to super cold.!

  • Kimberly

    My favorite is for work, but I like all! Love this post :). Xx

  • Team LC

    These topics are my favorite from this website. Lauren , I love how you show us different fablous outfits that you suggest and most importantly where to find them! LOVE LOVE LOVE them, it also gives me some insight on what goes perfect with what….

  • Janella Haf


    i totally love the second look , soooooo adorable (:

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  • Tiffani Stuart

    Wow… I would’ve also loved to see the other Trench styles– I’m gonna have to go to Burberry to check out that trench w/leather sleeves & the nylon interations of DVF.

  • cortney glidden

    this makes me want a trench coat now!!… never thought i would say that! :) thanks for the style tips

  • BananaBread

    I want a burberry trench coat so badly. That one in the pictures is my dream coat!

  • Casey Lynn

    great post! I am on the hunt for the perfect trench (love this one).

    Poodle Shoe Girl

  • tinamarie

    ahhh, burberry trench is soo versitale!!! it’s a must in your closet.

  • Melanie Richard

    i love the laidback look!!! i’d love to have a trench coat like that, you can make so many different looks!

  • Shellz

    I like the evening and first date look! cute


  • Lilit961

    I used to be in love with that burberry coat but it was way too expensive for my budget! I recently found a similar one that is just as perfect! For all of you that want the burberry one but don’t really pay that much money for a coat, here’s the perfect solution for you!


    I got one last week and I absolutely love it! It goes with literally, everything!

  • Monica Cunha

    for a date is my favourite look! very simple and chic!

  • Corryn Batykefer

    I love this post~

    Too bad I am a little short I don’t think I could pull off the flats with a trench coat! Thanks for posting!


  • Andrea

    Now I want to hunt for the perfect trench coat! :( Any suggestions on where?!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Wish I could Pin This!

  • Lot Franken

    i love all of these looks!!

  • Ana Flavia Goncalves

    The looks rocks!!!



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