Tom Hardy is manly. Manly enough to convincingly portray very scary prisoner Charles Bronson and incomprehensible super villain Bane. Manly enough to wrestle a bear, we imagine. Certainly manly enough to turn up at the premieres of films he's not even in and steal the red-carpet show by looking all badass in a trench coat.

The classic trench is both a style staple and a badge of old-school manliness: think Humphrey Bogart's jaded barkeep in Casablanca or Alain Delon's ice-cold assassin in Le Samouraï. It's also your trusted compadre at formal events during these inbetween days of late spring/early summer, when you'll want to shelter your suit from any surprise showers, but not swelter in an overcoat.

A lightweight, light-coloured trench coat is a particularly killer companion to clean, monochrome tailoring. This is ably demonstrated by Mr Hardy, accompanying his lady friend Charlotte Riley to the opening of her latest film Edge of Tomorrow – the old softy.