How to keep stylishly warm and dry without the bulk this winter

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AS temperatures start to plummet and the heavens begin to open, its time to grab a coat. But not just any coat.

Along with an Hermès Birkin bag, Cartier tank watch, and a Mercedes 1961 190SL, a Burberry trench coat is sitting pretty much at the top of my fashion bucket-list. Well, a girl can dream! 

But lets get back to reality for a minute.  The bag – Ill famously have to join a very long wait list and I dont do queues very well. Plus I already have a few great leather bags that are perfectly fine.

The watch – well my iPhone keeps me on time most of the time. But I also have a couple of Longines classic-style watches, which are more than fine.

As for the car … well I guess Ill keep buying those lottery tickets! Youve got to be in it to win it, right?

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Versatility is its greatest virtue

But the trench, I do need. Maybe not a Burberry – well,  not yet anyway. But the trench coat is an essential wardrobe piece. A classic basic, a sartorial staple, a virtual urban uniform. And every woman needs a go-to, throw-it-on-and-youre-out-the-door kinda coat. 

One of the great qualities of this time-honoured piece is its versatility. Like a trusted friend it will take you from the office to the opera, and see you through all seasons.

Sex it up with a slick of red lippy and some killer heels, dress it down with a breton-style stripe T-shirt, jeans and ballet flats, or give it a twist with prints and coloured shoes. 

Girly or grunge? Classic or contemporary? The choice is yours. So versatile in fact, it almost makes it easier to justify purchasing a Burberry. (Think of the cost per ratio – the more you wear something, the cheaper it becomes). 

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Every woman needs a trench coat and for a gal on a budget youre spoilt for choice! Heres three of the many that are available. So its time to go shopping.

Trench coats

From left: David Lawrence  / Trenery  / Burberry Prorsum 

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