Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wardrobe Staples | The Trench Coat


I thought by this time of the year I might have run out of staple items in my wardrobe to talk about, but nope, turns out I have a fair few! What I'm discovering about my staple items is that they all seem to be year round wardrobe pieces rather than season specific and one item that definitely sees me through every season is the classic trench coat. I'm sure most people will own one of these in some form or other and I really think there's one to suit everyone as there's so much choice when it comes to trench coats in terms of colour and style.

A trench coat is such an iconic British wardrobe staple. It can be dressed up or down, layered over a jumper in winter or a worn as an evening cover up in summer (or an all time of the day cover up - let's face it, we are in Britain after all). Jack Wills have put together a really interesting guide on how to style a trench coat and when I say interesting I genuinely mean it. As well as styling tips it also teaches you about the history of the classic British trench. After reading it I felt pretty naïve that I didn't know how the trench coat actually got its name, but I won't give too much away - you'll have to read it yourselves to find out!




My current trench coat is from New Look and it's one that's made an appearance in my wardrobe all year round since I bought it a few years ago. It's a little longer and lighter than the classic style, which makes it the perfect lightweight option to still wear in summer too. In fact, the very first time it appeared on this blog (all the way back here) I styled it as a summer cover up. It goes with pretty much any outfit - a running theme with all of my wardrobe staples - and I've had so much wear out of it. A trench is just one of those items that when you wear it, you feel like a cooler and sassier version of yourself (or at least I do, I'm sure you're all already cool and sassy). Here I've styled it with my favourite summer dress from Tessie's because I'm all about that embroidery life and these red shoes that are a couple of years old but I dig out every summer and live in.

I would like to add a more structured shorter trench coat to my wardrobe because I know how much wear I'd get out of it and how effortlessly chic it would make me feel. I'm pretty sure we all have that dream of owning a Burberry trench coat, but realistically I can't afford to spend more than my monthly mortgage on a coat and even if I could I'm not sure I could justify spending that much money on an item of clothing. Jack Wills have some great slightly more budget friendly options in their new summer trench coat collection (currently on sale too) - I adore the blue swing trench because it's an interesting modern twist on such a classic.



Trench coat - New Look (old) | Dress - Tessie's  (similar| Shoes - F&F (old)

Are you a trench coat fan?

Amy x

This post was sponsored by Jack Wills, however all opinions and love of trench coats my own.
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  1. This is such a sweet look! I've been dying to get my own trench coat. I can never decide on the perfect "one!"

    amberelb.com

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    1. Thanks lovely! It's hard isn't it, I love this one but I'd still like another one! xx

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  2. Absolutely love this outfit and totally agree that a trench is such a staple, there really is one for everyone. Yours is lovely - mine is more of an autumnal one which is shower proof and has a bit of structure to it but I reeeeeally want a lighter, more summery version like this! I'm in love with those shoes, very sad that they aren't new haha...need to look out for something similar, there must be something about at the moment. Sophie xxx

    www.sopharsogood.com

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    1. Ah we need to just wardrobe share because the one you describe is exactly what I'm after and mine is lighter so what you're after haha! Yeah I'm sure there must be some cute red sandals somewhere atm! xx

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  3. You look great, I love a classic trench! It's always so chic. I've had mine for almost 10 years now and it's such a staple x

    What Josie Did Next

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    1. Wow that's lasted so long, I hope mine lasts too because they just never go out of fashion! xx

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  4. Great trench and I love the dress!!!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma, the dress is my favourite atm! xx

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  5. I totally agree that a trench coat is a wardrobe staple - I really like how you've styled yours!!
    Have a great day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, it's probably my favourite staple in my series so far :) xx

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  6. You always find the coolest spots for your outfit pics, Amy! I love how everything is so well tied in with this look - the red in the shoes picks out the red embroidery perfectly! I will definitely be checking out the Jack Wills trench coat styling guide! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thanks lovely! It was actually kind of an accident but I love how the pops of red turned out! xx

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  7. What a chic look! I love the red details...and yes, a trench is always a good idea! I love them the whole year round.
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, they are handy all year round aren't they! xx

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  8. Oh very cute coat~ Great style
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting :) xx

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  9. Nothing beats a good classic trench coat :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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    1. It really is such a classic staple isn't it :) xx

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  10. I don't actually own a trench coat, but they sound so versatile maybe should get one! Do you have Bloglovin I can follow you on?

    Alybell | UK Personal Style and Beauty Blog

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    1. I wear this one so much! Yes I do, it's https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/call-me-amy-13543509 :) xx

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  11. ahh how amazing, you look so good! i love a classic trench!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, so versatile aren't they xx

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  12. Ah I LOVE this trench coat Amy! I've been on the hunt for the perfect trench, and this is such a good one!
    Lyndi

    www.stylecalling.com

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    1. Thanks lovely, it's so nice and floaty, I love it! xx

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  13. I love a good trench, in fact I have about four in various colours! Like you say, just wearing one transforms an outfit and makes you feel that bit sassier and dressed up! It it a timeless look and one I will always be fond of. The Jack Wills link is a great read too and I should've known they had been around that long - Sherlock Holmes springs to mind.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Ahh I wish I had four haha! And yes haha xx

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  14. Nice outfit, that dress is so cute (:

    CM | XIII.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting lovely :) xx

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  15. Bloody obsessed with the trench coat, so chic and classic and ALWAYS looks good!!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. It does doesn't it, so reliable and fail safe! xx

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  16. You are so right, Amy, the Burberry ones don't justify spending more or half of the monthly mortgage. I owe some Burberry items, but I tell you, that was at the time I used to be more stupid than today (I am still a bit - or maybe a lot - stupid). And that just to show the plaid pattern and people seeing "ooooh...". Quality is good, but com'on, now how many of us have wardrobes with stuck items that we will never recover the "investment"? I am in love with your trench coat and I also love New look and Jack Wills. I am more sensible today and I am glad you are, too. It's the media pushing us to wish things that don't value what they ask for. I loved your shoes, too! You look very beautiful! This British summer, if I was with a simple Tee for 2 days, it was too much. I am wearing light jackets every day! Hope you have a nice weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Yes exactly! You always need a jacket for the British summer haha xx

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  17. I love your dress and style! Loving how you combined this dress with this trench! x
    Trend-Mae

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting lovely xx

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  18. Love trench-coats! I did own tow waterfall styles but I sold them - just didn't get any wear out of them and they were difficult to style, especially here in sunny Tauranga, New Zealand. Never mind, I will find the right one one day :-)

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Aw that's a shame you had to sell them! Hope you find another one you like :) xx

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  19. Nobody does trenches like you Brits! I spontaneously bought one when I visited London last fall and it's my absolute favorite! I love the relaxed style of yours, too cute!
    Randi

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    1. They're so great aren't they! Thank you so much x

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