Celebrity Style: How to Wear Your Trench Coat as a Dress

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Kirsten Dunst was in attendance at the The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual “Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast” held at The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA last Wednesday morning.

As the event was all about power, the commanding Burberry navy trench coat Kirsten Dunst chose to wear to the breakfast could not be any more fitting:

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst at the Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ‘Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast’ held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on December 7, 2011

It’s simple, sleek and streamlined, and it lets Kirsten Dunst really wear it instead of the other way around. Kirsten added a few feminine touches with her Chanel purse, Nicholas Kirkwood floral satin pumps, and light makeup with pink tones.

Selena Gomez also wore a trench coat as a dress for an appearance on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’.

Celebrities at the Ed Sullivan Theatre for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'Selena Gomez arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in New York City on April 24, 2013

Just like the tuxedo dress, a trench coat dress is one of those styles that we’ve always wanted to try. It has an air of mystery to it and gives off a sexy siren vibe without having to expose a lot of skin. But there are caveats to wearing a coat as a dress, and one of the top ones is, how to go about wearing one without looking like you’re about to flash someone.

Taking our cue from Kirsten Dunst above, here are tips on how to wear a trench coat as a dress the decent and proper way:

1. Pick a Knee-Length Trench Coat

Perhaps the most obvious way to be able to immediately pass off a trench coat as dress is to choose one in knee-length. The KNEE length is key here: it provides just the right amount of coverage while still looking like a proper dress (anything too short or too long won’t work!).

Choose one in a double-breasted style or one with buttons that go all the way down to the hem so you’re sure you’re fully covered. Of course, you can still wear something underneath but make sure nothing has a longer hem than your trench dress so it remains as your ensemble’s focal point:

Laundry Belted Wool Trench Coat, Miss Sixty Stitch-Detailed Belted Wool Coat, DKNY Cashmere Wool Blend Fitted Coat

2. Choose a Trench Coat with a Skirt as its Bottom

If you’re worried about a trench coat looking too much like outerwear if you wear it as a dress, choose a trench coat with a skirt for a bottom. That’ll really give you the dress silhouette we’re aiming for here. Plenty of trench coats come in this style now — just check out the pleated skirt, the ruffled skirt and the flared A-line skirt trench coats below. These trench coats also almost always come in knee-length so you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone with these:

DKNY Belted Coat, Get Double-Breasted Ruffled Long Coat, Laundry Double-Breasted Flared Coat

3. Shop for an Actual Dress Designed as a Trench Coat

If all else fails, you can just shop for and wear a trench dress. There are many different trench coat-inspired dresses but if you really want the trench dress look, check out our pick from Rachel Roy below. It still looks like a trench coat but really, it works as a dress. But you could most likely wear it as a coat too — any article of clothing we can get more than one use out of is a deal to us!

Rachel Roy Reversible Trench Dress, $900.00

Credit: WENN/FayesVision/Dan Jackman

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