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15 Classic (& Not So Classic) Trench Coats You’ll Cherish Forever

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It's the wardrobe staple you'll be wearing for decades

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Trends come and go: but the trench coat will always remain a sartorial staple. Park walk? Yes. Commuter statement piece? Obviously. And it’s not going out of style anytime soon. As we’re opting for more considered, trendless wardrobes, classic trench coats can withstand even the fastest of frenzied fast fashion cycles. 

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What is a Trench Coat?

Though the trench coat is now the unofficial off-duty look of the fashion set: the trench has actually been around since time immemorial. First designed over a hundred years ago during the First World War, trench coats were the perfect antidote to the required woolly and heavy greatcoats. The trench was lighter, waterproof, and much more fit for purpose.

British heritage brands Burberry and Aquascutum both lay claim to the coveted coat. The 21-year-old founder, Thomas Burberry invented waterproof gabardine before the war in 1879, which inspired the trench we know today.

But there’s also Aquascutum (literally in Latin meaning ‘water’ and ‘shield’) that designed the trench coat for the British Military for World War I – and you can tell: those camouflage khakis, browns, and camel hues aren’t a coincidence.

Trench Coats You’ll Cherish Forever

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Model dressed in white trench coat

Stella McCartney

A modern take on the classic trench by eco-conscious designer Stella McCartney is as experimental as it is familiar. Featuring airtex mesh cut-outs and an elasticated hem, this is a trench for those who want to turn tradition on its head.

Hooded Trench Coat, £1,250, stellamccartney.com

Trench coat

Tommy Hilfiger

Crafted from pure cotton twill, this trench boasts a classic design with notched lapels, epaulettes, storm flaps and a belt to cinch in your waist.

My Wardrobe HQ is home to hundreds of trench coats that you can rent or buy second-hand for a fraction of their original retails. Good for the planet AND your wallet.

Organic Cotton Trench Coat, rent from £8, mywardrobehq.com

Model dressed in light brown trench coat

Ganni

Danish brand Ganni has seen a huge wave of popularity in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. You’ll find this trench often sold out, and it’s partly because of their effortlessly chic customers who will tag their looks with the infamous #gannigirl hashtag that immediately makes you want to be part of the pack. Consider this trench a more military, utilitarian look for sharp, statement outfits.

There are nice notes too of the original trench design: see the large storm flaps and welt pocket.

Twill trench coat, £345, ganni.com

Musier Paris

Musier Paris

There was Millennial pink: now it’s Gen Z green. And we’re seeing this infiltrate the world of trench coats with khaki being hot this season.

Some lovely details on this one – note the gorgeous lining (have a look on their website for a close inspection) and raglan sleeves. This trench has a nice loose fit where it works just as well for everyday lunch walks as well as any work function.

Dorothee Single Breasted Woven Trench Coat, £260, selfridges.com

Sezanne Trench Coat

Sezane

This is a gorgeous choice if a chic Parisian aesthetic is on your radar. With the cuffs nicely cinched and with a slit with buttons on the back, this trench has a good slim fit.

Sezane has made big steps to become a more sustainable brand. It’s B Corp Certified (which is a credential that proves a brands’ commitment to social and environmental change). And the materials are Oeko-tex certified too, meaning that it’s verified not to have harmful substances.

Scott Trench Coat, £225, sezane.com

a woman wears a Cos camel trench coat cinced at the waist with a belt

Cos

As you’d expect with Cos, you’re buying into a minimalistic aesthetic, which oozes that Scandi sophistication.

This trench has a strong lapel game that makes a bold statement. There’s also the nice touch of adding in a storm flap too.

Those worried about buying pieces that are made from fossil fuel fabrics (like acrylic and polyester), rest assured, this trench is 98% cotton, which is good material composition.

We see this working best for city stomping, best paired with some flowy black trousers and statement 90s frames.

Belted Trench Coat, £150, cosstores.com

The Long Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry

King of the trench coat, there’s no doubt that Burberry will always be the go-to investment option. You’ve obviously got their signature gabardine material (which they innovated back in the 19th Century) that makes it water-resistant.

This trench is Burberry’s more slim-fit option: note the cinched waist and narrow shoulders. And as you’d expect there aren’t any shortcuts with the design: belted cuffs, the gun flap and storm shield prove that this is a heritage work of art that will always stand the test of time.

The Long Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat, £1,790, burberry.com

a woman looks to one side as she crosses a busy street in a cream trench coat and camel leather bag

Vestiaire Collective

If you haven’t yet heard of Vestiaire Collective, let me introduce you to your new hobby. As overproduction is inevitable in the fashion industry as it stands today, so you’ll be able to track down some glorious designer second-hand coats at the fraction of the price. Gawp at their whole tab on trench coats that is brimmed with the best of the best: Burberry, Dior, Ganni, the works.

vestiairecollective.com

high street cream trench coat by Monki

Monki

A good high-street option, Monki is all about zero fuss trendless basics. This is more for a casual look as it’s a less structured, looser fit, which works great with a billowy white blouse and stompy boots on the weekend. The brand is great for showing how their garments look on all body types, so it’s worth checking through their gallery on their website.

Double Breasted Front Trench Coat, £75, monki.com

a woman wears a jigsaw cream trench coat with jeans

Jigsaw

Featuring lovely epaulettes and cuff straps, Jigsaw’s take on the trench is a fluid loose fit that would take very well to stylish layering. Think oversized white shirts (Cos do great basics), sweater vests, with an oversized lengthy scarf (look at Arket’s statement scarfs). Jigsaw’s extra long tie belt with a long scarf gives a great elongation to the outfit too.

Camarin Trench, £230, jigsaw-online.com

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Really Wild Clothing

With 20 years under its belt, British fashion brand Really Wild knows a thing or two when it comes to bridging the style gap between town and country wardrobes. Think classic styles, sleek tailoring and British weather-appropriate materials.

Classic Trench Coat, Green Red Check, £495, reallywildclothing.com

Agathan belted shell trench coat by The Row

The Row

A light grey alternative from The Row, crafted in Italy, indulge in a silk lining, wide lapels and double-breasted button fastenings you’d expect from co-founders, the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley.

Agathan Belted Shell Trench Coat, £2,340, net-a-porter.com

The Long Waterloo Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry

A slightly looser fit than Burberry’s Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat it features much of the same trappings you’d expect from Burberry.

The Long Waterloo Heritage Trench Coat, £1,790, uk.burberry.com

A womean crosses the street wearing a white trench coat with a black leather bag by cos

Cos

Oversized, minimalistic, and off white: this is a classic Cos offering. There’s a handy detachable quilt liner that can stand on its own as a chic outer layer. This trench suits coffees and commutes over rural getaways.

Detachable Liner Car Coat, £180, cosstores.com

a woman wears a navy blue Raey trench coat

Raey

For a sleek, loose fit, Raey is an obvious choice and is a favourite amongst the fashion set. This coat was made in the UK, so one to buy if you’re keen on buying local.

Wide raglan-sleeved belted trench coat, £695, matchesfashion.com

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