From Olivia Pope to Victoria Beckham, kick-ass boss ladies exude power and style in the trench coat. This fall, the timeless coat – double breasted, with epaulets, a striking collar, buttons and a belt – gets an upgrade: patent leather. Whether you love leather or prefer classic khaki, wear the trench like a boss with these tips.

Flattering Fits

women-in-coatsThe array of trench styles means there’s a coat fit for every boss lady. If you’re on the shorter side, select a coat that ends just below the hips to elongate your body. Medium length coats work well for most shapes and are especially flattering on curvy silhouettes, although wide lapels can draw unwanted attention to larger frames. For petite and athletic women, consider a coat with a trumpeted, flared skirt for a flirty and fun look.

Leather and Lace
trench-coat-white-laceThe fashion forward appeal of a purple or pink patent leather coat in a short or medium length means just about anything goes. Wear it with wide flares, a chunky knit scarf and chevron rainboots for a hipster appeal or wrap it over a mini dress with stilettos to show off your legs.

The lace trench coat is a sophisticated and feminine choice you can wear to work or a wedding. Paired with heels or dress boots, wear the lace trench over dresses, suits and linen pants. For versatility, choose a coat in a soft tan, pink or blue, or make the coat your statement piece in an emerald or ruby hue.

Accessorizing Tips

The classic trench coat is a blank slate ideal for accessorizing. Channel Holly Golightly in her khaki coat and don oversized sunglasses and a delicate head scarf tied around the neck. Follow in the footsteps of Carmen Sandiego with a red trench and fedora hat. Layer the coat over a printed, button-up top and roll both sleeves so a hint of the pattern shows. Loop in a statement belt: Try polka dots over a black coat or yellow over navy.