Nothing works harder or looks better during the transitional seasons (winter to spring and late summer to fall) than an elegant, timeless trench. The trench coat is a worthy invest that always looks chic. It provides a layer of warmth without looking and being too heavy and instantly glamorizes and polishes any look.
For example, it smartens up a chambray shirt, cuffed skinny jeans and heels:
Or gives a je ne sais quoi attitude to dressier pieces:
You can also layer it over heavier winter pieces such as chunky turtlenecks or fur vests on cold blustery days:
The trench is a true workhorse and worth investing in! Quite a few retailers are showing some great styles that will add a little pop to your wardrobe.
Banana Republic has a gorgeous traditional style in a warm vanilla color that will look amazing paired with your dark colors now and bright pastels in the spring:
Ann Taylor has two great takes on the classic trench. The first one is a more angular take on trench and looks sharp paired with jeans and a striped shirt but will also look professional for work. It features faux leather details for added interest. The second is a trench cape that I love and will be adding to my closet. It's just amazing! Cue messy ponytail, red lipstick...
White House Black Market has a more feminine take on the trench with princess seams, fitted waist, bold buttons and a ruffled collar. If you already own a traditional tan/cream trench add this bright lipstick red trench to chase away the winter blues. This shade of red is flattering on everyone and will brighten your winter complexion. You can never go wrong with this black trench especially with such a flattering fit and flare, equestrian inspired design.