The last time I wore this Burberry trench, a couple people commented that you didn’t like it styled with Converse sneakers. Ha! I totally appreciate the honesty, even if I maintain that a trench can be dressed up or down depending on where you’re headed. I’m a big believer in cost-per-wear so investing in pieces I’ll wear on an everyday basis is more important to me than splurging on special occasion wear. That said, I get that a lot of you would be wearing your trench to work so here’s a second look that’s a little bit more dressed up. (You could absolutely sub out the jeans for dress pants like these or these to make the look office-appropriate!)

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Burberry Brit Balmoral packable trench coat  //  Chanel Extatique lipstick  //   Ted Baker London peplum sweater  //  Michael Kors double leather strap watch  //  Essie Blanc nail polish  //  Rag & Bone stretch skinny Kensington jeans  //  Alice + Olivia Dina pumps (available in black here, similar navy styles here)

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*Photos by Amy Stone. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. I selected and purchased the Burberry trench coat myself and will be paid for this post by Nordstrom several weeks after it goes live. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brand partnerships that make Design Darling possible!


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  1. Thanks for sharing two ways to style a trench – I loved both looks! The peplum sweater is adorable on you and you now have me lusting over those navy pumps!

  2. Loved both of the ways you styled burberry, ignore the people who didnt like converse with it, I thought it looks great and you handled the critique very classily

  3. I actually really liked how you styled the trench with the sneakers!

    I think it’s really great that you showed us two different options of how to style such a big investment piece, and I think it would be a cool idea for future posts!

    Thanks Mackenzie

  4. You look like a model! I personally love the mix of dress up and dress down posts. Not all of us can rock heels all day long. I’m a drama teacher and I love your dress down looks.

  5. How cool to listen to your readers like that! I personally like both looks, but love the polished pieces you paired it with in this post!!

  6. I love the peplum sweater – looks amazing on you!! And, I support converse with juuuust about anything. I think they easily dress and outfit down a little. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. I love the way you’ve styled this trench! As I’m a sneakers girl, I love it with the Converse as well. There’s something so incredibly classic about a good trench. I need to invest in one! You look amazing 🙂

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