Transeasonal wardrobe: 2020's best dress and trench coat trends

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Transeasonal wardrobe: 2020's best dress and trench coat trends

While a few people are crying into their last acai bowl of the season and taking off their sandals for the last time, there are those of us who are welcoming the arrival of colder weather with big, open, bell-sleeved arms. For the fashion lovers of the world, this is one of the most exciting times of the year - it basically has 'wardrobe update' written all over it.

The minute the temp starts to take a dive, the simple skin-baring numbers that helped us combat the summer sun are being traded in for more creative, styled up looks. We're getting reacquainted with beautiful colours and textures that we haven't seen in a while, and can finally wear the transeasonal shirts, jackets and pants we've been lusting over for the past few months. Trending on the accessories front, everything from teeny tiny handbags to knitted socks to chic booties are on the rise.

There are two wardrobe items that are getting us more excited for the season ahead than anything else: long sleeved dresses and trench coats. Not only are these two pieces perfectly transeasonal, they're also proving to be two of the biggest trends we've seen this year.

We've rounded up our favourite trends within each, so you can choose what works with your wardrobe and lifestyle, then wrap yourself up for those sunny-yet-chilly days that are on their way as we speak.

Loose, oversized dresses

In fact, the longer and more oversized, the better. This season we're saying no to structure and shape and yes to long and loose - which is great news as we head into hearty-dinner-and-red-wine territory. Just like the girls roaming the streets outside fashion week, we're pairing these billowy numbers with clean sneakers and small handbags or backpacks.

Shop this trend at Morrison, Country Road, Zara and Wittner.

Printed maxi dresses

Our picks? Pastel florals, graphic patterns, jewel-coloured stripes and giant polkadots. This year's iteration of the maxi is heavier in weight and features less shape than its summer counterparts - they usually fall from the shoulder for maximum room around the waist, and sweep the ground as we walk. Look for sleeveless options and layer a knit turtleneck underneath, or go for one with long sleeves. No jacket required!

Shop this trend at David Jones, Myer and Sportsgirl.

Long-sleeve knit dresses

Who doesn't love the return of knitwear? Celebrate the arrival of cooler weather with a minimal, long-sleeve knit dress in a neutral or deep shade. We love nude, dark green, navy blue and berry. Keep it simple with heeled ankle boots, or layer with a lightweight trench in a contrasting texture, like silk or patent leather.

Shop this trend at Witchery, Forever New and Dotti.

The dress and trench combo

What's better than one seasonal trend? Two! This look is a favourite in Europe, and for good reason. Not only is it incredibly comfortable, it oozes effortless style and is a cinch to put together. Take one long, billowy dress and add a lightweight trench over the top. Improve your cred even more by layering pastel shades or mismatched prints.

Shop this trend at Cue, Sportsgirl and Portmans.

Structured check trench coats

If we could pick just one jacket to take us into the new season, it'd have to be a check trench coat. The perfect addition to your transeasonal wardrobe, it elevates every single look, meaning you don't have to try (or think) too hard to get dressed every day. We especially love the check trench over a white slogan tee and wide-leg blue jeans, or buttoned and wrapped up with a pair of sraight-leg trousers and heels.

Shop this trend at Zara and David Jones.

Textured trench coats

Silk. Organza. Leather. These are the three biggest micro-trends within the trench coat trend, and we love them all equally. The silk trench coat is ultra feminine yet modern. The organza option is great for autumn because while it's long sleeved, it's completely sheer. Lastly, the leather trench is available in a bunch of different colours, adding instant cool factor to any look.

Shop this trend at Zara and Kookai.

Colourful trench coats

If we're seeing trench coats made of organza and covered in checks, it'll come as no surprise that another huge trend is colour. We've got a bit of a thing for wearing colour to brighten up a chilly day, and now we're giving our trench coats the same treatment. Look out for pops of hot pink, bright yellow and pastel blue. Love this trend? Take it one step further by matching your dress or pants to your coat for a high fashion monotone moment. Candy pink suit? Yes please.

Shop this trend at Myer and Cotton On.

Double-breasted military trench coats

So you love a trench, but you're not really into rainbow. Maybe a classic double-breasted military trench is more up your alley. We see this style return year after year for the simple fact that it's both timeless and universally flattering. For 2020, consider swapping your soft military trench for a crisp cotton version that features a strong lapel, wide belt and sharp, interesting details.

Shop this trend at Witchery and Veronika Maine.

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