The new trench shape to know now
The wardrobe icon has had a contemporary new makeover – think bright colours and sports-luxe finishes
Sometimes, it’s the details you can’t see that make a piece of clothing so impactful. Take John Lewis & Partners’ new trench coat, which has inside fastenings, concealed pockets and a hidden placket. ‘We wanted to keep details to a minimum for a really clean look,’ explains Kate Bell, Partner & Senior Womenswear Designer. ‘Traditionally, you’d have double-lined stitching on a classic trench and the fabric would be stiffer. Here, we’ve used a heavy twill and you only see what absolutely needs to be on show.’
The result is a directional and fluid take on a classic coat style that dates back more than 100 years. There are traditional touches that qualify this coat as a trench, such as storm flaps and a discreet pleat at the back, but the ‘extra factor’ lies in the exaggerated sleeves. These taper into elasticated cuffs to create volume while remaining easy and wearable. ‘Adding those sorts of sports-luxe-inspired touches makes it really contemporary,’ says Kate.
The feeling of throw-it-on-and-go lightness is also evoked by the three colourways: an optimistic blue, a feel-good yellow and a neutral stone. ‘We wanted something quite upbeat, something with a bit more joy to it,’ enthuses Kate. Whether worn over a quilted gilet in the winter or on its own come spring, it’s certain to inject your wardrobe with a touch more joy.