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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Styling A Trench Coat For A Winter Occasion

Styling a long beige trench coat for a winter partyAs a general rule, I tend to overdress rather than play it cool (personal preference), though I can't help but wonder how much time it would save us all if we were described an exact dress code before an occasion?  Sure, most invitations come with the totally vague 'smart casual' dress code attached, but that's far more useful to men than it is women!  And so with winter events filling our calendars such as festive parties, family meals, drinks with girlfriends and general Christmas gatherings, I've done some thinking as to how we can hedge our bets by sitting comfortably somewhere in the middle of the scale.  For those who love to dress up, but don't fancy the risk of being a disco ball in a sea of jeans!
Trio of matching elegant statement evening rings
Zara faux leather and lace black short skirt

Styling a long Jaeger trench coat for winter party



Bag - Ralph Lauren  |  Shoes - Kurt Geiger Carvela  | Ring - Crown Jewells  |  Choker - DIY


Black and silver Classic Reading Daniel Wellington watch
Zara short black faux leather and lace skirt
Fashion blogger styling trench coat for winter partyThe light colour of a classic trench coat often sees it associated with Spring/Autumn, though there are a ton of ways you can bring it into your winter wardrobe.  The long-length of this stylish Jaeger trench is ideal for the colder months; not only does it provide extra coverage, but it also allows you to be a little more adventurous with your outfit underneath!  For this winter-occasion look, I've opted for my fave all-black styling to contrast with the trench, and a total party when it comes to accessories.  If you're likely to spend a lot of the event in your coat, it'll be up to your accessories to do the talking! 

Psst!  If the occasion sees you facing the elements outdoors, add a hat or scarf (gorgeous Mongolian fur option in my last travel diary), and swap the sandals for knee high boots that work with your look.
Evening look for hands featuring watch jewellery and manicure
Winter styling black tights for party
Daniel Wellington Classic Reading faux crocodile strapConsidering how toned down the look is, I've styled the trench with some standout accessories.  The chain strap to this handbag instantly upgrades it to occasion-wear and the simple DIY of adding a pearl charm to a strip of suede creates a sense of occasion without giving in to the temptation of a statement necklace!  Head to your nearest haberdashery and stock up on strips of materials; cut strips into chokers, add charms and then simply tie each strip into a bow at the back.  Ta-da, instant chokers!
Luxurious trench coat styling for winter party
Ciate London nail polish Iced Frappe manicureThere's a party taking place from wrists-to-nails, though if we're being honest I'm a fan of this at any time of year and for pretty much any occasion!  I picked up this gorgeous trio of leaf rings from Crown Jewells while at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas last month - best decision ever.  Sadly they were limited edition, though thankfully this stylish Daniel Wellington watch is available for purchase and can be found on their website as part of the new Classic Black collection!  I adore the crocodile-style strap, case size and most of all, how the strap includes enough holes to suit narrow wrists.  Find inspiration on their Instagram and then use the code ICEDW for 15% off on their website.
Womens' Classic Reading black and silver Daniel Wellington watchMy love for trench coats has reached a new level this season, which thankfully opens up a whole new spectrum of styling options for winter events.  So, if you find yourself rushing around with no clue of an exact dress code, give a trench a chance!  Anyway, I've just realised it's only 10 days until Christmas, and so now seems like a pretty good time to say I hope you're all enjoying a beautiful festive season - and are finding some time to relax a little somewhere in between buying presents and perfecting that red lip for the millionth time this month!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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45 comments

  1. The entire look is gorgeous: the skirt, the sandals and the coat! I also tend to overdress just to play safe.

    ANOUK

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  2. Gorgeous look! You can never be overdress - I always tell that to myself! That reminds me to get a trenchcoat in that colour since most of what I have are in black or dark blue.

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  3. You look stunning Gabrielle! Love how a classic trench just adds the perfect polished touch to an outfit whether an LBD or shirt and pants. Love the lace peekaboo deets too! Happy holidays dear! xo~ Lena
    www.thewanderliste.com

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  4. Overdressing is the best tbh, but damn Gabrielle, this is so chic! You look so effortlessly cool! I think I need to take a page out of your book.

    I hope your festive season is treating you well!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  5. One my favorite quotes is "you can never be overdressed or overeducated" so I totally feel you on being overdressed :) I love how you styled the trench in a more wintery way! Also love the heels :) I need to try wearing thick tights with my more summery heels

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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  6. Your skirt is so cool and you look gorgeous. I also prefer to overdress.

    xo
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  7. Gorgeous as always Gabrielle! I love how you styled this classy trench coat!!! I'm especially in love with your simply stunning jewelry! Love that bling! Hope you have a most wonderful holiday sweetie! xo

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

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  8. Your nails and watch are so cute! Coat looks great on you too!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  9. I love your rings and watch, you look stunning! It's too freezing here to wear a trench coat but I can't wait for trench weather again!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  10. Girl, how stunning do you look here? That coat is so dreamy, you just can't beat a classic trench coat! It looks so sophisticated on you and I love how you've styled it (that skirt is SO cute!).

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  11. Gabrielle, that trench coat is absolutely gorgeous! Great classic color. Love the buttons & hardware on it. Your skirt is THE BEST! Love the peek of lace along the hem. Super love your heels. The bow detail is so pretty :D
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  12. I'm totally here for the more is more style, even though I think you did keep a nice balance in this outfit! With the statements being perfectly placed and matched. It's something so classic with the trench and leather and I love your twist on it here!

    Have a lovely weekend gorgeous! Xx
    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  13. You look amazing in this trench coat!! And I'm a little obsessed with your nail color. I love pastels in winter!

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  14. You can never have too many trench coats and I absolutely love your rings and Zara skirt - I'm totally hunting that down when I hit the shops tomorrow! xx

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  15. You look gorgeous! I love the look here. I like to dress up a bit more than necessary as well because it's better than being underdressed. I like how you DIY'ed your choker. I've seen these faux leather strips at the fabric store and I want to make my own choker too after reading this and another one of your posts about making your own chokers. The rings you have on are so pretty!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  16. That skirt is too cute! love the trench too. i always over dress in any occasion..lol
    www.effortlesslady.co

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  17. I never thought about incorporating a trench coat into winter! You look beautiful - and I absolutely love your nails and jewelry.

    Via Sora || Christmas Sweater Season
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  18. So glad you are feeling better hon! A trench is a classy staple, I love how you are wearing it to bright up your total black look! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  19. That is a really lovely outfit! The skirt and that trench go hand in hand. How I wish it was cooler where I am so I can layer like this too. :)

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  20. You look amazing in this outfit! I purchased a trench coat last summer and I have been wearing it a lot lately. It looks great with nearly any outfit :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  21. The over all look is stunning, I never thought of making my own chokers like that, genius! I also love your DW watch, I love their classic styles.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  22. Those rings made my heart skip a beat- SO GORGEOUS!!!
    xx Leah

    www.fashtrav.com

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  23. You look beautiful! :) I love your style. I tend to overdress as well haha

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  24. A very interesting post !!!
    We'll be in touch!!!!Merry Christmas­čî▓­čî▓

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  25. I love this entire look Gabrielle, the black tights, shoes and skirt look so good together and with the coat on top it pulls it all together and the colour combination is lovely and chic. Really like your nail polish shade too! - Tasha

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  26. You look so gorgeous hun....love your watch and those rings are beyond beautiful hun....I am obsessed with those rings now......xoxo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com

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  27. The timeless trench coat. A piece of clothing, very chic with any outfit. I have a B **** rry but I only put it in autumn and spring. Winter here is cold zero degrees.
    Gaby I ADORE your ring so so beautiful.
    I hope you're having a wonderful festive season ; )

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  28. Such a beautiful trench coat! :) I think a trench is a real classic and I wear mine a lot in cooler weather! :) Your skirt is really pretty too, what a nice piece.

    Hope you are having a great weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  29. You're so right that it's hard to know how to dress at this time of year! I love love love that skirt, it's beautiful! And I love a trench coat at this time of year, the nude looks perfect against the black of the rest of your outfit. And beautiful pictures as usual lovely,
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  30. I'm definitely a fan of the classic trench coat, I've been reaching for it a lot to throw over my evening wear at Christmas parties and it works such a treat without ruining the look! I'm loving your all black ensemble with the trench!

    Musings & More

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  31. You can't beat a classic trench, I've been wearing my grey one loads. The outfit looks chic, love the Zara skirt! They have some beautiful styles this season and you work it well. The rings really add to the outfit.
    Hope you are having a fabulous time :)
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  32. There are endless styling options when it comes to a classic trench coat! This one is totally fabulous Gabrielle and so is the way you styled it down to the last detail! Also how amazing is the peplum detail on your skirt with the peekaboo lace. I tend to to overdress when it comes to events as well. It's better to play it safe that way than showing up woefully underdressed :)

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  33. A trench coat is something that I could really do to add to my wardrobe as they just seem so versatile! I absolutely love those feather rings too so it's a shame they are no longer available, although my bank balance is probably sighing in relief! x

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  34. I'm also the kind of girl who tends to overdress. ;)
    Your look is gorgeous! Especially the lace detail on your skirt!
    Merry Christmas!

    Laura | http://www.furiouslychic.ch/

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  35. Your sense of fashion gets better and better every time and this is another favourite from you. The frilly skirt is just beautiful and yes, lighter shades are usually for warmer seasons but I love a pop of colour of Winter. Sometimes it's good to have some brightness in the dreary winter.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  36. I always tend to overdress. I find 'smart casual' dress code too vague so I think it's better to be overdressed than underdressed when attending a party. Your skirt looks amazing.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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  37. You look so chic here, Gabrielle! The skirt looks absolutely adorable.

    I know exactly what you mean when it comes to 'Smart Casual', like, can you be more specific please? Although, I will admit that I tend to overdress, haha!

    Lima
    F A S H I O N I C I D E
    xo

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  38. You look stunning in these photos! Such a classy and timeless look =o)

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  39. You look so beautiful Gabrielle and that trench coat is gorgeous! Love the lace detailing on the skirt. Great styling.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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  40. I love your idea to add a trench coat to a sizzling black outfit underneath. The accessories are also really great - I will definitely be looking into making my own choker. Thanks for sharing some great styling inspiration for the holidays! XO

    Janea | theSTYLetti

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  41. Love your nails color, rings, watch and outfit ♥
    Everything is beautiful and you look so lovely!
    I really hope there is also winter too here in Indo haha x



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  42. Great look Gabrielle! I am with you about overdress than play it cool.
    I have a wedding to attend this Friday,with instructions to dress casually.
    Not helpful at all if you're asking me.
    Cheers,
    T.
    https://tbymallano.com/

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  43. It is true that I tend to associate trench coats with spring - I have stopped wearing mine as soon as temperatures dropped! But you managed to create a really pretty wintery look with that trench. It is not secret that I love your style, and just like you, I'd rather go overdressed than play it cool. This skirt is super pretty and unique, and the bows on your shoes are the cutest :)

    Julia x
    Last post: Throwback to my Christmas Posts | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/throwback-my-christmas-posts.html

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