From different patterns to interesting hues and myriad fabrics, the popular coats are now back on the racks for the cold season ahead

    One fad that seems to be making inroads into the fashion pages just as the cold weather is setting in is the trench coat. This formal winter clothing seems to be making waves, as Hollywood actresses and fashionistas like Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton opt for trench coats when stepping out.
    Trench coats have always been popular with the ladies, be it in the early 1900s or the turn of the last century. While some fashion critics have slammed them as prude and uppity, the fact is that many of the popular design houses across the world have re-invented them time and again in keeping in sync with the changing trends.
    While the earliest form of trench coats were mostly made with formal fabrics and were dark monochrome apparel, lately there has been a change in the trend. People across the globe can now pick from funky fuchsia to shocking neons. Also, there have been interesting prints that have made their way into these catalogues, giving the shoppers enough choice.
Though furs and animal prints seem to be the hottest range across the globe, the good old beige trench coat, once synonymous with Sherlock Holmes’ onscreen avatars, has risen back to being fashionable in the must-buy lists.
Just as the high street brands and some of the popular streetwear shopping destinations are stocking up with these coats, here’s a look at some of the dos and don’ts to keep in mind while shopping for them:
CONTRASTING PATTERNS ARE IN: If you’re looking at wearing more of printed patterns on your clothes, then it would make sense to shop for monochrome trenchcoats. Similarly, opt for not too printed dresses, if you’re wearing a loud trench coat outside. FUR IS FOXY: One of the most comfortable fabric for one to choose from during cold times is woollen and fur. They are never out of fashion. SHORTER ONES ARE HOT TOO: The shorter trench coat options are worth trying out and can be a practical option for the monsoons too.
LOSE THAT BELT: While it seems impossible to think of that trench coat without a belt, try experimenting with the newer belt-less options available.
BUY THAT BOOT TOO: A trench coat avatar is never complete without a boot. Try and shop for some boots that are in sync with the coats that make their way to your wardrobe.

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