Splurge vs Save: The Classic Trench

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With the weather continuing to get colder, you've probably already pulled out your favorite pea coats, denim jackets, or fleece zip-ups. While these options are all adorable college girl staples, a classic trench coat is a must-own addition to your collection!

A great trench will not only keep you warm and dry, but will add some sophisticated flare to any outfit. But should you splurge or save? Read my tips and make your choice!

Why Buy?

Trench coats look good on everyone, they add adult sophistication to any outfit, keep you dry, and look great with both wellington boots and shorts and party dresses and stilettos. What other jackets can do that?!

You'll look great walking into your interview in editor pants and trench over a nice blouse; there's nothing worse than completing a dressy outfit with a sloppy jacket, but a trench is a great option--comfortable and cute...Not to mention that the trench is also totally iconic.

Tips for Wearing and Buying a Trench Coat

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Go classic. For a classic, sophisticated style, pick a longer trench in a neutral hue. Taupes, black, and khakis are all good bets for creating your look. In these colors and with its timeless silhouette, a classic trench will be a piece you can wear for years to come.

Classic Outfit Ideas:

Classic Trench Coat

Product Information: Candie's Mockneck Trench Coat, khols.com. Skinny C Hat, coach.com. Nine West Rocha Pumps, zappos. Super Skinny Jeans, ae.com. Blouse, eruca.jp.

How to wear a classic trench coat

Product Information: Diane von Furstenberg Amaury Trench, theoutnet.com. Black Cowl Shift Dress, Dorothy Perkins. Jeffery Campbell Pearl Flat, Nordstrom. My Fair Locket Necklace, modcloth.com. Laurel's Antique Crystal Flower Brooch, fantasyjewelrybox.com.

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Go casual. Though a trench may seem conservative, you can wear one with anything! Try bright colors, unexpected footwear, and free-flowing silhouettes for great contrast against your classic coat. Of course, there are now amazing trenches that come in patterns, bright colors, or shorter length if you're looking to create a more casual, fun style. As always spend less if you're going for a trendy look.

Casual Outfit Ideas:

A casual way to wear a trench coat

Product Information: Women's Belted Trench Coat, oldnavy.gap.com. Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats, Neiman Marcus. Women's Button-Front Drop-Waist Orange Stripe Top, oldnavy.gap.com. 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Jean, piperlime.com.

Another way to wear a trench coat

Product Information: Rebecca Short Trench Coat, maruione.jp. Baggy Floral Top, desireclothing.co.uk. Ciao Bella Pause Flats, Piperlime. My Pant's Dublin Cargo Pants, shopbop.com.

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Keep it classy. Though there are times when a completely buttoned trench and a pair of sassy stilettos would totally work, for every day, it's usually best to pair your trench with a longer dress, pants, or tights to avoid being mistaken for a flasher!

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Try fitted styles. Since trench coats have so much fabric, they can easily make you look bulky if you pick the wrong size. Go for fitted, narrow silhouettes, and use the attached belt to define your waist.

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Layer for warmth. Though most trenches will protect you from even the rainiest of days, these coats are best for warmer temperatures. If you want to dress up a fall or winter outfit with a trench, be sure to layer so you don't freeze! Some trench coats come with a winter-weight liner for wear in colder climates.

Get Your Own!

Splurge

Splurge Trench Coats

Product Information: London Fog Belted Trench Coat, Nordstrom. MICHAEEL Michael Kors SB Trench with Hood, Zappos. Gyrphon The Timeless Mini Trench, 25park.com. Black Belted Trench, debenhams.com

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Inexpensive Trench Coats

Product Information: Satin Trench Jacket, Forever 21. London Fog Women's Faux Silk Double Collar Trench Coat, overstock.com. Black and White Trench, windsorstore.com. The Goldie Trench, modcloth.com.

What do you think?

Do you own a trench coat? How do you wear it? And most importantly, would you splurge or save on this item? Let us all know your thoughts in the comments section!