Tips for Wearing a Trench Without Blending Into the Crowd

Probably because every magazine ever has ingrained into our head that A TRENCH COAT is among the only top five things you need, every person ever seems to have one hanging in his or her closet. It’s a khaki-colored symbol of community. Since every person ever has one, however, it can feel kind of boring. Step outside and you blend into a sea of neutral outwear instantly.

To make it worse, there’s something about a trench coat that makes me dress extremely literally. It’s like, why am I wearing this outfit that I wouldn’t normally wear just because the drizzle outside called for a little canvas? Why do I look like Jackie Kennedy ran through a Talbots sale on her way to meet Inspector Gadget?

Let’s cut that shit out. Below, three outfits to try so that you look like your own person, no matter the amount of subway riders with whom you’re twinning.

Gingham in the Rain

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H&M trench coat, Enfold shirt — another here, Rosie Assoulin pants, Malone Souliers shoes, Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses, Lele Sadoughi earrings

Trench coats are the color of sand, right? They’re wearable beaches. With that picture in mind, don an outfit that best represents your favorite one piece and turn it into a head-to-toe matching situation. Add red sunglasses to summon summer more efficiently. No beach towel needed.

On My Way to Water Your Plants

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A.P.C. trench coat, S.E.A. dress, Enfold sweater, K.Jacques sandals, Mola Sasa clutch, Alex Monroe earrings

Wear the spring dress of your dreams and tell the weather you’re not scared of a little rain. Throw a thick knit over your trench to feel superfluous in the sun but happy in the shade. Let your feet be free, by the way. That’s important. You and I both know we can’t let practical wellies ruin this kind of outfit.

Time for Your PTA Meeting: Pretty Trench Authority

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H&M trench coat, Pascal Millet dress, Frame Denim sweater, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes, KALEOS sunglasses, Alex Monroe earrings

Big Little Lies has taught me nothing if not the importance of wearing a good outfit to drop the precocious child of my imagination off at school. If I were an extra in that movie, here’s what I would wear to befriend Reese Witherspoon. It’s not too puddle friendly, but is definitely mom-approved.

Can’t wait to spot you in the crowd!

Special thanks to our model Nora Zorom, follow her on Instagram @norazorom. Photos by Edith Young, market assistance by Elizabeth Tamkin.

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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