Let’s talk about a fashion staple every woman should own: the women’s trench coat. In this article you will find inspiration on how to wear a trench coat with just about any outfit.

The right trench coat keeps you warm and dry in spring, summer and fall when the weather is still a bit unpredictable. Trench coats are big again but honestly, when did they ever go out of style?

Reasons to invest in a trench coat

So if you haven’t already got one in your closet, why might you want to add a trench coat as one of your outerwear options?

Read on to find plenty of reasons you might want a trench, as well as the best trench coats in stores now, and 12 different ways to wear the same classic trench coat.

First, onto why you might like at least one trench coat in your closet…

A trench coat is timeless

Trench coats are truly a timeless option that will never date, so they always make a great investment.

With a history dating back to 1820s, the trench coat has been around for centuries and is going nowhere soon. Designers Burberry and Aquascutum are best known for their trench coats.

Burberry Kensington Long Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Burberry Kensington Long Trench Coat

The trench coat has been worn by everyone from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Meryl Streep in Kramer vs Kramer.

Trench coats are flattering

The best trench coats for women are tailored in a way that gives any body shape a nice hourglass figure, a slim waist and a polished look.

A trench coat is versatile

There are few items for your closet that are as versatile as the trench coat. It is equally at home as part of your formal outfits as it is with your casual attire.

You can pop over your evening dress or over your jeans and t-shirt.

You can choose a trench to suit your style

The classic trench coat is beige. And, a beige trench does look fabulous. However, you can choose a brighter color, material or a style which is patterned or embroidery, for example, to suit your style personality.

What more can you ask for? The best trench coats for women offer style, ease, weather protection and a more shapely you.

A women’s trench coat is definitely worth investing in.

So now that you’re either thinking about digging out your own trench coat from your closet, or considering adding one, which one should you choose?

The best trench coats in stores now

1. Olive trench coat

You don’t have to choose beige as your neutral. An olive green will work with just as many outfit choices.

The gun flap at the front of the coat is not only a stylish option, but it helps any rain to run off your coat without soaking into your outfit.

Lucky Brand The Relaxed Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Lucky Brand The Relaxed Trench Coat

2. Navy trench coat

Another beautiful neutral which will go with everything, if you would prefer a darker color, is navy.

This shorter style from Ralph Lauren also comes in black, brown and a traditional beige shade.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Water Repellent Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren Water Repellent Trench Coat

3. Stone trench

For similar look to Burberry without a Burberry price tag, London Fog is a good brand to consider.

London Fog Heritage Water Repellent Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog Heritage Water Repellent Trench Coat

4. Green coat

Of course, you don’t have to choose a neutral at all. A bright trench can make a big style statement.

If you would prefer a pop of color, take a look at British brand Boden, where you will usually find dramatic colors and color-block styles.

Boden Franklin Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Franklin Trench Coat

5. Blue trench coat

Another go-to is Amazon where you will find this Zeagoo trench in plenty of colors.

Zeagoo Double Breasted Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Zeagoo Double Breasted Trench Coat

6. Pink trench

Whatever your style personality, a pink shade could work. Pink can look particularly striking when worn with gray.

Also take a look at how to wear pink.

Cole Hann Double Breasted Trench | 40plusstyle.com

Cole Hann Double Breasted Trench

7. Belted trench coat

For traditional with a twist, this Scotch & Soda style could be perfect.

It’s a classic beige trench, yet it’s given a touch of the unexpected with the bright lining and belt.

Scotch & Soda Belted Linen Blend Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Scotch & Soda Belted Linen Blend Trench Coat

8. Faux leather trench

If you really want to take a classic style and almost turn it on its head, you could opt for a leather or faux leather style to give your trench a little rock chick flair.

Leith Faux Patent Leather Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Leith Faux Patent Leather Trench Coat

9. Vinyl trench coat

If you do want to opt for a playful take on the trench, there are plenty of options at Topshop including this blue vinyl style.

Topshop Charlie Croc Embossed Vinyl Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop Charlie Croc Embossed Vinyl Trench Coat

10. Hooded trench

While the trench coat is often worn simply as a style statement, it is also very practical.

If you want to make sure you are protected from rain showers, you could look for a hooded trench.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Trench Coat

11. Plaid trench coat

What do you think of this plaid trench? I love it. It would definitely be the stand out piece of any outfit.

You could throw over a pair of black pants and a white top and look incredible. It’s sure to get you compliments.

H&M Plaid Cotton Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

H&M Plaid Cotton Trench Coat

12. Denim trench coat

Rather than the usual waterproof heavy cotton, how about choosing a denim trench?

Of course, it won’t keep the rain off so well. But, it will make an impact.

Vero Moda Denim Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Vero Moda Denim Trench Coat

13. Cotton trench

As discussed earlier, a trench really is an investment piece you can wear for many years.

This style from Suistudio is a little pricier than many high street options, but still an affordable choice if you think about cost per wear.

SUISTUDIO Dwight Stretch Cotton Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

SUISTUDIO Dwight Stretch Cotton Trench Coat

How to wear a trench coat to look current and polished

Which one of the trench coats above is your favorite, or do you already have one you love?

A good trench coat can go from day to night, and can go with a variety of outfits.

Layer one over jeans and a blouse or over leggings and a cardigan or use one as a night time cover up over your evening look.

Below, you’ll find inspiration from stylish 40+ women, as well as 12 different outfit choices, all featuring the same stone-colored trench coat.

How to style and accessorize a trench coat

styling trench coats | 40plusstyle.com

Trench coats are the perfect transitional weather piece of outerwear.

Not only are they layerable, they seemingly go with most any style and occasion. From weekend errand runs to evening outings at an exclusive restaurant, trench coats are a closet staple.

Patricia (above) wears a classic trench coat over her neutrals.

Recreate her look with this similar trench coat, sweater, jeans, handbag, belt and sunglasses.

Office looks

work outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

Spring office looks are never complete without the perfect trench. A belted trench provides a chic power suit like feel to any office ensemble, and serves as a good base for pulling your entire look together.

Monika (above) opts for a stylish on-trend plaid coat.

Check out this plaid trench you can try to pair with this similar trousers, pumps and satchel.

Office look 1: Striped shirt and pants

If you work in a slightly less formal setting, how about a shirt worn with white pants. Or you could simply switch for black pants if prefer. The outfit will work just as well.

wearing a trench coat with stripes and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatLucky Brand stripe shirtEntireworld wide leg trousersKate Spade toteFranco Sarto pumpGorjana hoop earrings

Office look 2: A day to night dress

An asymmetrical hem can help a dress go from day to evening if you are heading out straight after work.

office looks - a dress and coat | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatHarper Rose fit & flare dressRebecca Minkoff toteSam Edelman pumpKate Spade pendant necklace

Office outfit 3: A trench and pencil skirt

A trench coat is a classic. A pencil skirt is a classic, so it’s no wonder when you put them together, you get a winning outfit combination.

striped shirt and pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatHalogen stripe blouseKate Kesin pencil skirtSole Society pumpNordstrom satchelAnna Beck stud earrings

Casual looks

A casual look with a trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Whether you’re scrunching or rolling up your coat sleeves, leaving the coat open, or tying the belt in the back, trench coats work perfectly for casual looks.

You can also wear your trenches with jeans and pants paired with casual boots, loafers, or sneakers.

Abi (above) styles hers with jeans and a Gucci belt

Check out this similar trench coat, shirt, jeans, booties and tote.

Casual outfit 1: Wear your trench with a denim shirt

Teaming a more formal trench coat with a casual denim shirt can give your outfit unexpected style.

wearing denim and beige | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatEileen Fisher chambray shirtFRAME skinny jeansRebecca Minkoff bootieRebecca Minkoff print silk scarfSandra Roberts hobo

Casual outfit 2: Stripes with white jeans

For a casual look with your trench, try stripes, your white jeans and a pop of color.

stripes and white jeans with a yellow bag | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatWit & Wisdom stripe ruched sleeve top7 For All Mankind mega hem jeansRebecca Minkoff bucket bagVeja sneaker

Casual outfit 3: Your trench with jeans and a sweater

Simply putting a trench coat over your sweater and jeans can give your outfit elegance.

For even more interest, you can literally add a twist with a draped sweater style.

a trench coat worn with a sweater and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatBP. knot front teeLee high waist ankle jeansLongchamp large toteTed Baker London sneaker

Evening looks

trench coat for a night-out | 40plusstyle.com

A well tailored trench coat can be the  perfect finishing touch to an evening look.

The key here is to select a coat that is well fitted (we definitely recommend tailoring) and is made of quality material.

Be sure to pay attention to fitting and ensure that if you have a longer sleeve dress, the sleeves are not bunching in the sleeves of your coat and creating a bulky look.

Sally (above) looks chic in this outfit featuring statement pants.

Check out this similar mock neck top, trench coat, wide leg pants, pumps and bag.

We love a trench worn with the wider leg pants that are all the rage right now.

We also recommend ensuring your dress does not come down much longer than the coat itself. Seeing a bit of the material can actually add to your look, however, a drastic difference in hem length can create an unflattering silhouette.

Evening outfit 1: Wearing your trench over a classic navy dress

You don’t get much more timelessly classic than wearing your beige trench over a navy dress.

beige and navy make a classic outfit choice | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatVince Camuto fir & flare dressJ. Renée slingback pumpSole Society clutchBaubleBar link collar necklace

Evening outfit 2: Wide leg pants and a wrap top

Wearing wide leg pants is very on-trend right now. Adding a blue top can be a beautiful color combination with beige.

wide leg pants and a wrap skirt | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coat7 For All Mankind silk wrap topWAYF belted trousersJewel Badgley Mischka ankle strap sandalNordstrom crystal embellished minaudièreGas Bijoux feather hoop earrings

Evening outfit 3: Teaming leather with your trench coat

Leather can go very well with your trench coat because of the contrast between the classic styling of a trench style, and the edginess which leather brings to your outfit.

pairing leather with a classic trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatChelsea28 pleated faux wrap topNordstrom Signature leather skirtVince Camuto peep toe pumpKnotty double disc drop earringsTory Burch clutch

Weekend brunch looks

weekend brunch trench coat outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

Brunch looks are always fun and punchy opportunities to experiment with chic looks you otherwise might not consider.

A classic trench coat especially works well with more artistic and avantgarde looks by providing a solid foundation, and serving as a neutral canvas that does not take away from your look.

Venetia (above) chooses a subtle shade of pink for her trench coat to wear over her printed dress.

Recreate her look with this similar trench coat, dress, pumps, and sunglasses.

Brunch outfit 1: A midi dress with your trench

A feminine midi dress worn with a trench can give your outfit a romantic, ladylike feel.

a polka dot dress outfit | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatAnne Klein polka dot dressDavid Tate sandalTreasure & Bond woven totePanacea hoop earrings

Brunch outfit 2: A dress worn over leggings

If you have a dress that you feel if shorter than you like to wear now, how about wearing it over leggings and topping with a trench?

Also take a look at how to wear leggings over 40.

wearing your dress over leggings | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatGanni floral shirtdressFrank & Eileen crop leggingsVince Camuto bamboo crossbody bagBella Vita bootieNakamol Chicago huggie hoop earrings

Brunch outfit 3: Perfectly pale

Tonal shades worn with your trench can provide a whimsical, summery look to your outfit.

an outfit featuring pale colors | 40plusstyle.com

London Fog trench coatHalogen v-neck blouseWit & Wisdom kick flare jeansBella Vita slide sandalNina floral stud earrings

Do not feel confined to only wearing the traditional and classic beige trench.

How to wear a trench coat and the best trench coats in stores now | 40plusstyle.com

As you can see there is no one way when it comes to how to wear a trench coat. Trenches come in a diversity of cuts, lengths, colors, and fits that can be just as versatile and enticing as the classic trench.

The right trench coat can work as a dress, jacket or accessory.

Marie Louise (above) chooses a bright orange shade rather than beige.

Check out this similar trench coat, jeans, sneakers and sunglasses.

Your trench coat capsule

Below are all of the looks featured together in a capsule. You can see how versatile the clothes in these looks are. Any of the tops would go with any of the bottoms.

Also take a look at how to put together a capsule wardrobe.

A trench coat capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

When thinking about how to wear a trench coat, what would you choose to wear your trench with? I’d love to hear how you style yours.

Continue reading:

  1. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
  2. A Capsule Wardrobe For The Classic Style Personality
  3. How To Choose A Coat

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