Spring Essentials- The Universal Trench Coat

Henrietta Easton discusses her favourite Spring outfit, based around the humble trench coat. First popularised by Burberry during the First World War, the trench coat is a staple in many wardrobes and is extremely versatile, suiting all body types. 


There is a quote from the fabulous Sandra Bullock film Miss Congeniality which has become my motto for spring dressing, partly because its true and partly because it perfectly illustrates the struggle of this in-between time of year. When asked what her perfect idea of a date is in an interview Cheryl replies ‘April 25th, not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.’

This, I have discovered, is an excellent way of thinking for a difficult time of year. Although, obviously the case is more difficult in Britain: sunshine in the morning and hail in the afternoon, the daffodils are out but frost could be just around the corner. Dressing for such unpredictable weather can actually be quite a stressful task, especially if you still want to look stylish. There is no reason why style can’t also be practical.

A possible, and forever stylish, solution to this is the classic trench coat; a ‘light jacket’ if there ever was but also warm, flattering and waterproof. Featured every fashion week by Burberry among many other brands and also probably the most versatile coat you will ever buy, if you buy right. Double-breasted buttons, an adjustable waist belt that can be left undone, wrapped around or, as I like to do, tied in a bow, there actually are endless possibilities. The sheer volume of different lengths, shapes, colours and alternative takes on the classic trench also mean that if you’d like your trench to make a statement you’ll have a huge number to choose from. But also, the classic trench is a force not to be messed with and will look stylish over anything; it really is a power coat.

 Credit: Zara

Credit: Zara

This new season one from Zara elegantly incorporates the embroidery that is everywhere at the moment, giving it an updated and springy edge. At £100 it will last you for years to come and take you right through every year from Spring until Autumn.

But if you’re looking for something less expensive, at £40 this H&M version is equally stylish in a dark navy/black colour and has a relaxed quality to it that again will work with any outfit.

 Credit: H&M

Credit: H&M

These are just two examples from hundreds in every high street store in both the men’s and women’s sections. My boyfriend has a navy Zara version that I have stolen on numerous occasions, and equally I’ve seen him eyeing up mine on warmer spring days. Easy, versatile, stylish and ever practical, what more could you want?

Although I recognise that this is just one issue of many when dressing in spring time; every day this week I’ve had the ‘tights/no tights’ battle. But I think I am justified to say that it is certainly one purchase that will significantly alleviate your spring dressing problems and that once you have bought, you will never look back.