The classic trench coat is a wardrobe staple you’ll love now and forever.
But nothing symbolises autumn fashion more than transitional staples, which is to say pieces that fare equally as well in both warm and chillier weather. The classic trench coat is naturally one such piece, whose enduring appeal means that every season, iterations of them are churned out and snapped up over and over.
Whether you opt for timeless beige and fail-safe black, or you try out a splash of colour or print, the humble trench coat will become the most hard-working member of your wardrobe if you allow it to be.
Are you ready to commit? Whether you’re searching for an investment piece or a throw-on-and-go trench for your autumn strolls, here’s our pick of the best to buy now and wear forever.
Arket linen blend trench coat
Liven up any outfit, any day of the week with this bubblegum pink iteration at Arket. Nailing how to do a bright coat, this sleek, minimalist style is a spring dream.
Kitri Sam trench coat
Fresh from the edit with influencer Jessie Bush, the Sam trench coat is the oversized style that’ll never date. The minimalist detail and perfect length is all part of the fashion insider-approved package.
Jakke Shirley trench coat
Granted this may not be classed as a classic coat, but splashy outerwear is set to go the distance. London label Jakke specialises in earth-first outerwear that stands the test of time, and this statement-making number is proof.
Reformation Holland trench coat
A longline trench is the perfect companion for those tricky in-between weather days. This style from sustainable label Reformation is made from deadstock materials.
Shrimps black birch checked wool-tweed coat
Checked, puff-sleeved, with contrasting detail and matching trousers available. Could this trench coat get any better? You’ll love this coat style across all seasons.
Nasty Gal plus size two-tone trench
Looking for attention to detail? Look no further. This soft trench in sizes L-4XL has puff sleeves that’ll elevate even the simplest of outfits. The shorter length will also be perfect with spring midi dresses, too.
Ted Baker Eastbrn trench coat
If patterned shades aren’t your thing, opt for a timeless camel trench. This lightweight, belted style is also machine washable so you can chuck it in with your usual load.
Asos Design crinkle faux leather trench coat
The cooler months don’t have to mean dull colours. You’ll wear this oxblood-coloured style across all seasons – but be quick, the sizes are selling out fast with this bargain.
Maje belted trench coat
The go-to for the best basics, this classic camel trench coat is a fail-safe buy you’ll want to wear with every outfit.
Whistles Izzey trench coat
Wear this khaki trench coat open over a Breton T-shirt and beige tailored trousers for a classic everyday outfit that will never fail.
M&S Collection double-breasted trench coat
M&S had this trench in tan, navy and black last year. This year, it’s back with two new shades. The double-breasted coat style is universally flattering, in sizes 6-24 and it’s created using a blend of recycled fabrics.
Asos Design waterfall trench coat
Brown is having a comeback this season, thanks to fashion’s love-in with all things 90s. This fluid trench is perfect for embracing the hue.
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