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The classic trench coat just got a serious makeover at Paris Fashion Week

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Trench coats were the most desired outerwear at Paris Fashion Week, but it’s not entirely as it seems. 

New York Fashion Week was so hot I had to change my outfit twice – and have an 11am shower – before I even made it to a show. London Fashion Week was hit by mini heatwave which rendered most of my wardrobe options obsolete and Milan Fashion Week… well, it’s either full look Prada or nothing. So, we have had to wait until Paris Fashion Week and a torrential downpour to work out what are the coolest outerwear trends to be sporting this season.

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The people have spoken (or rather walked in front of a street style photographer) and the results are in. For a second season on the trot, the trench coat is the most desired outerwear piece.

However, it’s not just your standard button-down trench coat that has made it to position of desirable number one. It’s the trench 2.0, if you will, that is really making noise on the street style scene.

A show-goer sports a pleated trench at Paris Fashion Week
A show-goer sports a pleated trench at Paris Fashion Week

Whether it’s a deconstructed trench coat, one that is pleated in design or one that splices together different patterns, the trench coat is here to stay. How to style it out? Just as you would your trusty denim jacket or your most beloved leather jacket. Wear with your favourite trouser suit for an uber-polished workwear look, and equally wear with jeans and a sweatshirt.

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Animal print trench coats were having a moment at Paris Fashion Week
Animal print trench coats were having a moment at Paris Fashion Week

These are the ones to add to basket now. 

  • Trench Coat: Palones

    Palones trench coat
    Palones trench coat

    New brand on the block, Palones is bringing a big outerwear game to our wardrobes. And first up we’ll be taking this deconstructed trench. 

    Deconstructed trench coat, £185, Palones 

  • Trench Coat: Ganni

    Ganni trench coat
    Ganni trench coat

    Danish brand Ganni are always a street style favourite and we spotted this khaki contrast collar more than a couple of times over the season. 

    Contrast collar trench coat, £350, Ganni 

  • Trench coat: Bimba y Lola

    Bimba y lola trench coat
    Bimba y lola trench coat

    Take this season’s heritage checks trend and incorporate it into your outerwear. As perfect for autumn walks as it is for your workwear wardrobe. 

    Long checkered coat, £545, Bimba y Lola

  • Trench Coat: Rains

    Rains trench coat
    Rains trench coat

    A trench coat, but make it fashion. Also big practicality points with this Rains patent trench coat. 

    Glossed trench coat, £159, Rains

  • Trench Coat: Marks & Spencer

    Marks & Spencer trench coat
    Marks & Spencer trench coat

    Take your classic beige trench coat and give it a colour twist, like this inky blue one from high street hero, Marks & Spencer. Wear with your favourite denim for a take on tonal dressing. 

    Blue trench coat, £89, Marks & Spencer 

  • Trench Coat: H&M

    H&M trench coat
    H&M trench coat

    For those sporting a neutral wardrobe for this autumn, throw in a curve ball with one statement piece. You can’t go wrong with H&M bright trench coat. 

    Checked trench coat, £39.99, H&M 

  • Trench Coat: ASOS Curve

    ASOS Curve snake trench coat
    ASOS Curve snake trench coat

    Animal print lovers rejoice, we have just find the perfect coat to carry you into the new season. Your out out wardrobe just got a big do-over. 

    Snake print trench coat, £85, ASOS Curve 

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