This dapper Fashionisto shows how to master smart/ casual and rocks menswear’s key cover-up this season: the trenchcoat.

The unique history of the quintessentially British garment dates back to the Nineteenth Century, with the officers’ item of dress widespread by the First World War. Since then the style has moved beyond its military roots and evolved (mainly functionally) but the trenchcoat has always maintained its classic style and key purpose – to protect the wearer during inclement weather.

Burberry and Aquascutum both lay claim to the invention of the garment, which has since become a timeless wardrobe staple. Both brands are known world over as purveyors of the finest luxury trenchcoats and are responsible for making the coat so covetable for Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike.

This Fashionisto’s lightweight, casual trench is your best friend during the unpredictable British summer; a brilliant transitional piece that will see you through cool summer nights and blustery autumnal days. The 3/4 length, neutral shade and lighter fabric (instead of heavy-duty gaberdine) make this trenchcoat a versatile garment.

This grey cotton belted three quarter trench from Topman is equally smart but relaxed. The simple addition of a trenchcoat makes a shirt and jeans look effortlessly stylish. This Fashionisto’s straight leg jeans are more versatile than skinny jeans and the relaxed vibe is continued with the rolled up hems. Try Acne for the kind of jeans that will instantly make an outfit.

The ensemble combines smart and casual with skill for a slick daytime look. A bowtie such as this Fashionisto’s could be too much for day if worn with a tailored jacket, but looks effortlessly chic combined with a trenchcoat and jeans.

Hint: Search vintage and charity shops for one-of-a-kind bowties: this Fashionisto’s is from vintage shop Armstrong’s, which has a great selection of vintage and retro accessories for Fashionistos and Fashionistas.


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