Finally we can begin to peel back the layers of winter clothing and look forward to something that makes all Canadians smile - spring! The air is warmer, so the thick layers of wool and cashmere are put away in favor of lighter fabrics that can be layered as we transition to spring. The lightweight trench is an essential for Canadian spring weather, as it offers the warmth you need and allows you to layer without adding any heavy bulk. A lightweight trench can be found at nearly any price point (everyone from Old Navy to Holt Renfrew stock them), but remember it's a piece you can use year after year.
Go bright. - Don't be afraid to choose a trench in a bold color. Sure, khaki and ivory are versatile, but not necessarily fit for city life. Try poppy red or cobalt blue to add an instant pop of color to your outfits. This is especially useful if you live in all-black or stick to neutrals in your wardrobe.
Have it fitted. - If you buy a cheap coat and aren't thrilled with the fit in every area, take it to a tailor. For anywhere from $30-$50, you can have the coat fitted to your frame. Bring the hem so it hits just above the knee and be sure the sleeves have a stellar fit. You want enough room to layer, but a streamlined look with cuffs that hit at the wrist.
Be sure it's belted. - Some trench coats have buttons instead of a belt. A belt cinches the waist and brings the look together. Plus, it's a more classic look, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
Wear it both ways. - A trench can go with almost anything. While it's still cool, use it to top a turtleneck, skinny jeans and knee high boots. Once it warms up outside, sport it with a tank top tucked into a full floral skirt worn with ballet flats.
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