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The Trench Coat: An Essential To Chic French Style

The Trench Coat: An Essential To Chic French Style

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A trench coat is the one item you’ll find in every French woman’s wardrobe. It’s a simple investment every French woman makes early on in her life. And it’s one of the most iconic pieces of clothing of all time, the essential to chic, French style. And if there is one item everyone should have in their wardrobe, it’s definitely the trench coat.

As a French woman, I do love trench coats. There is just something so classic and stylish about them, that I find myself wearing mine whenever the weather permits. But it’s especially in spring and autumn that I wear my trench the most. Indeed, it’s the perfect chic outwear piece for transitioning between seasons that goes with just about everything in your closet. And on one of those I-have-nothing-to-wear days, the trench makes everything better. Whether you decide to team it with straight jeans and white trainers or a printed dress and heels, a trench coat has the ability to make every outfit instantly more elegant and “polished”. You can put it over just about any ensemble, throw on a great pair of sunglasses and a nice scarf and you are instantly fabulous.

I’ve had a few different styles over the years, but my two favorites trench coats I wear on repeat are this one from Sezane and this one from Everlane. From classic, camel-colored, to pink pale trench coats, I’ve rounded up some of the best trench coats to wear this season. Keep reading to know how to wear your trench like a true Parisian, and shop a few of my favorite styles.

How To Wear A Trench Coat The Parisian Way

French women of every age have worn the trench coat forever; they wear it with such style and flair. Here are a few tips on how to properly wear this French wardrobe staple with class and flair.

“Never, ever buckle the belt properly like a good little girl. Tie it in front or behind with the buckle hanging loose.”

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  • Parisians tend to wear beige/sand trench coats in spring/autumn. You can opt for other neutral colors like navy blue, olive, brown, terracotta, or even black. Those are versatile colors you can wear both casual and dressy outfits. Also, consider the two “it” shades of the season: sage and pale pink.
  • In terms of length, both short or long are great options. I’ll recommend purchasing a long trench coat if it’s a first-time trench investment. However, the shorter length is great as well as it is more casual and relaxed.
  • Wrap your trench around the body and knot the belt rather than buckle it in a conventional manner. It’s the way French women style it. A slight push up of the sleeve, hands in the pockets and that’s it.
  • Finally, opt for a quality coat that will stand the test of time. A trench coat is an investment every French woman makes early on in her life. Pay attention to the buttons, the seams before purchasing and try to go for a heavy-duty fabric wherever possible.

15 Trench Coats For Chic French Style

So now you know how to style your trench coat like a true French, you might wonder which trench coat to invest in. If Burberry makes the most exquisite models, there are many other great and cheaper options.

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I hope this French-style guide will help you to find the right trench coat. Is the trench coat one of your top ten wardrobe essentials? Please add your comment below.

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  • I have a very long trench coat purchased many years ago and was thinking it was not quite right as I’m only 5’3”. However I was encouraged to see you mention the longer length, so I’ll dig it out and try it again. Thank you.

    • Bonjour Clair, thank you very much for your comment! Yes, long (and short) trench coats are both very fashionable 🙂 Just tie it in front or behind with the buckle hanging loose. You can pair it with a white t-shirt, high waist jeans, and a pair of white sneakers, it’s the perfect uniform to wear this spring!

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