Just when I thought the most hideous winter in the history of the world would never end, I’m starting to feel renewed hope and faith in the universe. And where is this new-found positivity coming from? From the first sightings of trench coats around the city. And like the stylish denizens of London town in their Spring trenches, I am now starting to transition from my level 3 coat down to my level 1 coat. Let me explain…
I have three levels of coats ranging from Level 3 to Level 1.
the level 3 coat
The Level 3 coat, is the “Oh my God, it’s so frigging cold I don’t want to go out, but I have to” coat. Generally, it is duvet-like in puffiness, or 1970’s pimp-like in its massive faux-furriness. Needless to say, this is the one I have been wearing the most this winter – from the ski resorts of France to the mean streets of Soho.
The Level 2 Coat
The Level 2 coat is far more user-friendly. It’s usually a wool coat that is warm enough to keep you nice and toasty, but not too voluminous. So you can layer under it, belt it and feel fabulous.
the level 1 coat
Finally, we have the Level 1 coat. It generally comes out in the Spring, and again as the leaves start to turn orange around October. It’s light-weight, generally in lighter hues, and at this time of year, brings a spring to my step and a general feeling of gleeful anticipation.
The trench is the perfect Level 1 coat, and there are some gorgeous examples of it this season. Designers are playing with textures, proportions and colours in the trench arena so that it is no longer standard in its uniformity. From oversize to de-constructed versions, and organza, vinyl, shredded hems and multi-hhued versions, the trench is becoming almost whimsical in the playfulness of its design.
I bought this magical JW Anderson x Uniqlo trench last year, however, if I were to buy a new one right now, there is the most divine oversized version for only £155 at And Other Stories here, which I’d snap up in a second if it weren’t for my Uniqlo gem.
Shop my pick of this seasons Spring trench coats: