The change in seasons is a great reason to update your coat selection, but the classic trench is the timeless investment piece that everyone needs as a wardrobe staple.
We’re all for a spring fling. Whether it’s a playful puff-sleeved top or a white ankle boot, the new season is the perfect time to experiment with new trends. But if you’re looking to commit to a piece that offers long-time appeal there’s one wardrobe hero that promises to last a lifetime: the trench coat.
A solid style staple, a timeless trench is perfect for those days when the weather is blowing a gale at 9am and unspoilt sunshine is forecast for 4pm (next week for example). And in case you hadn’t noticed, the street style set loves it.
The classic design of a tan trench makes it ideal to layer over experimental on-trend looks to keep even the most stand-out styles (bright pink suit anyone?) down to earth.
Are you ready to commit? Whether you’re searching for a style to take on your next weekend away or looking to invest in a piece of fashion history, here are our pick of the best trench coats to buy now and wear for years to come (without ever tiring of them).
A longline trench is the perfect companion for those tricky transeasonal days, and this style from sustainable label Reformation will keep you dry (and looking impeccable chic) whatever the weather throws your way.
Can’t decide whether to invest in a classic camel coat or a timeless trench? Then why not choose a coat that does both. This Topshop style combines the best of the eternally cool trench with a warm-toned camel shade.
A tan trench might be a classic, but black feels just as chic – especially when paired with a statement-making colourful handbag.
Looking for the ultimate 9-5 coat? Then may we have the pleasure of introducing this smart style by Zara, that will look sleek belted at the waist over office-appropriate suiting or over a patterned midi dress for evening events.
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Planning a weekend away? This wear-everywhere trench is the only coat that you need to take with you, and looks just as cool when seeing the sights by day as it does over dinner and drinks by night.
Wear this navy trench coat open over a Breton t-shirt and khaki tailored trousers for a slightly different take on the trench.
Burberry The Kensington Long cotton-gabardine trench coat
When it comes to timeless trench coats, there are none more iconic than the Burberry original. Thomas Burberry invented garbine fabric in 1879 – and the brand’s trench coats have been cut from it ever since, making the Kensington coat not just a investment piece to treasure, but your very own piece of fashion history.
Your wardrobe hack to instant Scandi street-style cool, simply pair this trench with white ankle boots and stand-out sunglasses for a statement look that will attract the attention (and approval) of the Instagram pack.
If tailoring-inspired designs feel too formal, then you’ll love the relaxed fit of this Arket take on the trench.
If you prefer a slightly shorter length of trench coat, H&M has you covered. Wear with a high neck black top and wide leg black trousers.
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