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Put yourself in neutral; KATIE WRIGHT shows how to work the hottest hue of the season.


THE trench coat is an undisputed fashion classic - the lightweight but waterproof jacket is especially useful at this time of year - and now the spring collections are full of clothes inspired by the much-loved garment.

On the SS19 catwalks, we saw trench coats of every persuasion, from chain-trimmed at Burberry and leather-collared at Ermanno Scervino, to buttonless at Tom Ford and supershort at Max Mara. But one thing was the for certain - they were all rendered in typical trench tones, from pale stone to warm tan.

Damart beige trench PS79 The trench trend went beyond outerwear too - we counted about 50 shades of beige throughout fashion months, with models often clad head to toe in a variety of neutral hues.

Heine Flounce 2-in-1 look PS45, Kaleidoscope Tu at Sainsbury's oatmeal buttondown skirt PS25 Now, naturally, the high street has gone bonkers for beige, and we're really impressed by the many catwalk-inspired pieces.

tailored vent skirt PS69, Kaleidoscope A trench coat is the easiest way to tap into this trend, of course, and there are some lovely jackets in the shops, but the coolest pieces are the trench-inspired skirts and jumpsuits (and shorts, for when summer finally shows up) that come complete with vents, tortoiseshell buttons and belt detailing.

And it's so easy to style if you take your cue from the catwalks, by mixing and matching your oatmeal, biscuit and latte tones. But if you do want to break up the beige, black and tan is always a stylish combo. Or you could tick off another big spring trend, by adding a pop of neon knitwear or an uber-bright bag.

Here are our favourite beige buys on the high street...


Polka dot cross blouse PS29.99; high-waist crop trousers PS49.99; braided net bag PS19.99; leather sandals PS49.99, Mango

Zara cargo trousers with pockets PS25.99

DuoBoots taupe Emilia statement boots with strap buckle detailing

Monsoon lacy front PS35

2-in-1 look jumper PS45, Kaleidoscope

Lipsy utility tie waist shirt PS40, Next

Heine tailored front vent long skirt PS69, Kaleidoscope

Damart beige pastel trench coat PS79

Red Herring jumpsuit PS39 (available April 29); Faith multicoloured snakeskin dishier block heel sandals, currently reduced to PS36 from PS45, Debenhams

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Apr 14, 2019

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