STYLE & BEAUTY
10/02/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Wear A Trench Coat Without Looking Like Inspector Gadget

Trench coats have always had a place in fashion. If our favorite celebs aren't rocking theirs, we have the legendary Burberry number to fall back on -- or at least, marvel at it from afar.

Trenches are one of our fall basics since they pretty much go with every outfit. Whether we're taking a minimalist approach with our clothing or we're practicing the wonderful art of power clashing, the long silhouette and sharp cut of a trench coat can take your wardrobe a long way.

And if that isn't enough to convince you, New York Fashion Week transformed the trench for this upcoming spring, from shows like Tracy Reese and Thakoon. So, you can rock this coat from now 'til next year.

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Left: Thakoon; Right: Tracy Reese

Look below and take a note or two on how to wear a trench coat this season... without looking like Inspector Gadget.

Make it sleek with a monochromatic touch.
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Coach Mid-Length Trench, Noisy May Trisha Dress, Chanel Vintage Classic Shoulder Bag (similar here), Jeffrey Campbell Everly Buckle Leather Ankle Boots (similar here); Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/alicianich

Complement your fall sweaters.
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Mango Classic Double Breasted Trench Coat, Mango Plaid Pleated Skirt, Topshop Double V-Neck Rib Sweater, Black Thermal Knee-High Socks, Monsoon Lyon Box Calf Loafer

Convert a spring/summer frock into an autumn dress with the coat's long silhouette and a pair of tights.
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H&M Trenchcoat, H&M Patterned Dress, J.Crew Factory Ribbed Tights, Dr. Martens Ali 6-Eye Boots; Lookbook.nu/LootsinL

Spruce up a classic Canadian tuxedo.
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Seed Heritage Trench Coat (similar here), H&M Skinny High Jeans, ONLY Denim Shirt (similar here), Quay Invader Shades, 3.1 Phillip Lim Alexa Ankle Boot ; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/remiafolabi

Go down the retro route and pair it with vintage scarves and jewelry.
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Apricot Trench Coat, UNIQLO Women Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt, Chloe Light Cady Trousers (similar here), ModCloth Steampunk Roman Around Ring, Animal Print Tie Up Scarf, Carvela Albert High Heel Stiletto Court Shoes; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/prisciladiniz

Run into a sporty look with a trench and sneakers.
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A.L.C. Wayne Trench Coat, By Malene Birger Liggaso Jumpsuit, NARS Gerladine Audacious Lipstick, Nike Roshe Run Sneakers, Nixon Time Teller P Watch (similar here); Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/mingisssiyeva

Ditch the classic tan color and instead go for a bright, colorful gem.
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Light Purple Lapel Waisted Double Breasted Trench Coat (similar here), Fashion Union Monochrome Grid Print Pencil Skirt (similar here), Pieces Cropped T-Shirt (similar here), H&M Boots, Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color In Vanilla Suede; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/dianibarrake

Try an interesting cut or a new silhouette for a night on the town.
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Burberry Porsum Cotton-Gabardine Trench Cape, Wood Wood Rosa Wool Knit Dress, Jimmy Choo Turner Thigh High Boots, Deborah Lippmann Nail Color In Laughin' To The Bank; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/ellemay

Keep cool with a flowing jacket and a snapback cap.
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Bardot Draper Trench, H&M Boyfriend Jeans, J.Crew Zip Tunic Sweatshirt, Oklahoma City Thunder Strapback, Adidas Originals Superstar II Leather Sneakers; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/ohmaygod

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