Best style: 5 ways to wear a classic trench coat

Pair trendy spring pieces with a wardrobe staple like a trench coat to keep your look modern and chic

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Invest in a timeless trench coat

A timeless trench coat is a chic topper for any outfit. In fact, this style is so versatile it pairs perfectly with any of this spring's hottest fashion trends. Click though to see all the ways to wear this must-have wardrobe hero.

Banana Republic cotton trench coat with faux-leather piping ($275)

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The New Canadian Tuxedo

For a twist on denim-on-denim, layer a button-front popover over a chambray maxi dress. Blue accessories drive home the trend, while the trench and slip-on sneakers keep denim-overload in check.

Reitmans lyocell popover shirt ($46). H&M plastic-stone necklace ($35). Winners chambray maxi dress ($40). Banana Republic trench coat ($275). Call It Spring slip-on faux-leather sneakers ($30). David Jones faux-leather hobo bag ($65). Timex textured nylon strap watch ($125).

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Modern Minimalism

A traditional trench plays surprisingly well with the cool, clean lines of the minimalist trend. Another can't miss hit: Coloured suede, like this soft pink tunic top, is a spring fashion winner.

Banana Republic trench coat ($275). Ted Baker snakeskin-print leather handbag ($275). Roots suede tunic ($468). Shellys London leather mules ($140). H&M cropped linen-blend trouser ($40). Swarovski rose gold-plated bangle with pavé crystal studs ($145).

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Groovy Bohemian

This season's take on the perennial trend has a distinctly 70's vibe. Pairing with a modern trench keeps the look city (as opposed to Coachella) friendly.

Forever 21 paisley-print trapeze top ($30). 3.1 Phillip Lim gradient sunglasses ($130 at ClearlyContacts.ca). Banana Republic trench coat ($275). Winners leather and wood platform sandals ($100). Loft floral-print silky wide leg pant ($70). H&M fringed leather shoulder bag ($129). Loft crystal plume necklace ($35).

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Earn Your Stripes

Black and white stripes are recurring spring trends, and this panelled dress is flattering on all figures. Updated office-chic classics are a natural fit.

Derek Cardigan two-tone eyeglasses ($120 at ClearlyContacts.ca). Timex Fly-Back Chronograph watch ($280). Anne Klein fit-and-flare dress ($149 at Hudson's Bay). Auxiliary leather handbag with cross-body strap ($350 at Aritzia). Reitmans knit open-front blazer ($68). Nine West calf hair D'Orsay pumps ($125). Banana Republic trench coat ($275).

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Big Blooms & All-Day Athletics

This look hits two trends at once: Firstly, mixing oversized and abstract blooms is the new way to wear florals. Secondly, the "athleisure" look lets you sport your workout duds to and from the fitness studio, and all around town, in style.

Roots nylon and faux-leather weekender tote ($40). Champion high-impact sports bra with mesh inserts ($54). Lolë seamless knit tank ($50). Banana Republic trench coat ($275). Aldo iridescent textile sneakers ($75). H&M Sport printed performance leggings ($30) Winners neoprene printed sweatshirt ($60).