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25 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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Classic Trench Coats To Buy

This season, we’re looking at Cos and Reformation for premium high-street offerings. For designer pieces, if you’re into transparent supply chains and workers that are paid fairly, Attire The Studio is for you. It also helps that their trenches are unbelievably chic. For second-hand iconic pieces, please form an orderly queue to Vestiaire Collective.

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.

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A woman wears a Reformation Trench Coat with jeans and a blouse

Reformation

This light brown Reformation trench is a no brainer piece for a capsule wardrobe. Not skimping on the details, see epaulettes on the shoulders, it’s also fully lined, double-breasted and it’s got a detachable belt.

It’s also good to know that it’s made out of deadstock trench material. What’s deadstock you ask? Reformation essentially buys verified leftover fabric from factories which is a more sustainable method than buying new.

Holland Trench, £270, thereformation.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, £1,650, uk.burberry.com

WOOL TRENCH COAT BEIGE by Attire The Studio

Attire The Studio

Born from influencer Xenia Adonts, her brand, Attire the Studio only launched in 2019, but it’s already showing up fellow brands on their supply chain transparency.

We’ve all had the painful experience of searching through the innards of a garment to find the flimsy tag that shows its material composition and where it’s been made, like a tag of shame that’s conveniently hidden. Attire is refreshingly bold where it lays it all out accessibly and helps us make informed choices in fashion. Definitely a brand to watch, and a trench to consider.

Wool Trench Coat Beige, €650, attirethestudio.com

Massimo Dutti Trench Coat

Massimo Dutti

This Italian premium high-street option has just a smidge darker camel hue that makes it an elegant choice.

Nicely transferable from country to city, from winter to spring, this Massimo Dutti trench pairs well with a pair of straight denim jeans and a long scarf for a casual look. It’s also a higher cut that’s knee-length that makes it a more of a functional fit.

Classic Cotton Trench Coat, £189, massimodutti.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

Belted organic cotton-blend trench coat Ganni

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.

Belted organic cotton-blend trench coat, £131, matchesfashion.com

The Row Yeli belted cashmere and silk-blend trench coat

The Row

A favourite among celebrities such as Meghan Markle, Rosie Huntington Whitely, and Kendall Jenner (that’s just naming a few), The Row has reached cult status following its aesthetic of quiet luxury.

This sumptuous chocolate number is a blend of cashmere and silk that you can cocoon yourself in to survive the winter months.

Yeli belted cashmere and silk-blend trench coat, £4,380, net-a-porter.com

a woman wears a cream trench coat by Mango

Mango

Another great khaki choice, Mango is a reliable option for a high street purchase.

Mango is making moves with more climate-conscious materials, so it’s good to know that the composition is 100% cotton, and it’s taken steps to partly use recycled polyester in the filling too.

Classic Cotton Trench Coat, £119.99, shop.mango.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

really wild clothing

Really Wild Clothing

Classic Trench Coat, Green Red Check, reallywildclothing.com

 

a woman smiles wearing a dark grey uniqlo trench coat

Uniqlo

A favourite among editors for basic staples, Uniqlo was always going to be a bit of a dark horse for trench options. This one’s an oversized fit, that’s angled for more a casual fit with a chunky knit. It’s got a nice vent detail on the back too.

Trench Coat Dark Grey, £69.90, uniqlo.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

a woman wears a Cos burgundy leather trench coat with black trousers and a white blouse

Cos

This ultra-chic leather trench from Cos is set to be your timeless statement piece. There’s something about dark brown that’s elegant on any skin complexion. Brown has been increasingly popular colour of choice for outerwear ever since Kendall Jenner was papped wearing *that* brown North Face puffa, and it doesn’t look like it’s haulting anytime soon. This trench is a statement, matrix style aesthetic that’s popular now, in the 90s and will be beyond the seasons too.

Belted Leather Trench Coat, £390, cosstores.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, £1,690, uk.burberry.com

Weekday Trench Coat

Weekday

Made 100% of Lyocell, it’s a soft-buttery material that’s essentially made from wood pulp (mostly from the eucalyptus tree) that’s praised as being a more sustainable alternative compared to fossil fuel fabrics like polyester.

Casey Fluid Trench Coat, £80, weekday.com

Massimo Dutti Trench Coat in Leather

Massimo Dutti

Another gorgeous leather alternative, Massimo Dutti‘s sheepskin leather trench is a guaranteed statement head-turner across the seasons.

Belted Nappa Trench Coat, £499, massimodutti.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

Odande double-breasted stretch cotton-blend trench coat by Acne Studios

Acne Studios

Storm flaps, statement notch lapels, and some rather fabulous belt loops at the cuffs: these are all of the high-quality details you’d expect from the Stockholm-based designer, Acne Studios.

Odande double-breasted stretch cotton-blend trench coat, £600, selfridges.com

Suede Trench Coat by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

A signature suede piece, opting for Ralph Lauren guarantees a that classic, heritage aesthetic. Made from goat suede, it’s a nice contemporary update to a timeless design.

Suede Trench Coat, £1,799, ralphlauren.co.uk

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

Tove Trench Coat

Tove

100% cotton (and in the lining too), puts Tove’s take on the trench up there in terms of materials. The concealed buttons give a nice flushed, sleek look.

Ava belted cotton trench coat, £745, selfridges.com

Marillase leather-trimmed organic cotton-blend trench coat BY MALENE BIRGER

By Malene Birger 

We’re loving the scalloped brown collar on By Malene Birger’s trench, which gives it so much character. Especially when you look twice and see the collar being asymmetric. A lovely contemporary touch.

Marillase leather-trimmed organic cotton-blend trench coat, £595, net-a-porter.com

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