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A trench coat is one of those classic must-have items that works for so many occasions. But when that occasion includes a desire to wear a hat, the whole trenches-make-outfits-feel-so-simple feeling can fly out the window. Think of your hat as the accessory that transforms your trench -- one day sleek, the next day, urban-inspired. Opt for an uncomplicated hat, and whether your style is super classic or includes an urban feel, you'll look chic.
When you're in the mood for a more elegant, feminine ensemble, only a soft, not-too-structured hat will do. With its fitted silhouette that resembles the shape of a bell, a cloche offers a 1920s-inspired super femme contrast to your menswear-inspired trench. Visualize a black cloche and black trench coat. Wear these sleek items over a black sweater dress and sheer black tights. For a classic look, step into a pair of black pumps, or amp it up with a high-voltage shoe color such as deep red.
Not only does the beanie look beautiful on everyone -- including both men and women -- but it lends a streetwear vibe to any ensemble. Let's say you're starting out with a heather gray oversize T-shirt and boyfriend jeans. Pull on a khaki trench and step into a pair of nude flats for a soft, neutral color palette. For a more noticeable approach, pull on a slouchy black beanie -- it will stand out, for sure. Or, for a feminine touch, grab one in creme.
Particularly when you're looking for a hat to create an undone-chic look -- think driving out to the country with friends during autumn -- go with a floppy hat. With a wide, round, not-at-all-stiff brim, you'll look elegant without seeming dressed up. Start with a floppy gray felt hat and a black trench coat over a gray mohair sweater. Slide on a pair of dark rinse straight-leg jeans. Now step into a pair of taupe oxfords and you're set.
There's a big chance you think of fedoras the moment you look for hats to go with a trench coat. This look is a little bit detective-chic and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Think straw fedora with a black band topping a white trench, or hunter green fedora with a khaki trench. Wear these classic pieces over a white button-front shirt, skinny jeans and nude heels -- super simple meets uber cool.