Here's a new idea: Add some brooches, flag symbols, and what-have-yous to your trench...end result: avant-garde patriotic/dignitary. I like the idea and I might just try it out one of these days. I love this Vogue Gioiello Editorial “Time for a decorated trench” photographed by Phil Poynter and styled by Giovanna Battaglia. It adds a twist to your humdrum trench and gives you reason to use your brooches. It's like a DIY marching band blazer, which is one of my current obsessions.
(You can also use chunky necklaces as braided cords.)
I'm off to packing now for Hong Kong for next week, I shall be back soon!