The best trench coat is a lifelong keeper. It’s the kind of trusty wardrobe staple you know is ready and waiting whenever you need it, but it doesn’t vie for your attention at all times (or get upset when you shove it to the back of the rail for a few months).
It took me a long time to find my holy grail of outerwear. My perfect trench coat arrived early in 2015 when Finery launched, and I scooped up the double-face crêpe trench the brand continues to riff on today. I still dig it out every autumn, and it’s already made a 2021 appearance or two. It’s a weighty fabric in a flattering fit with a slight ’70s vibe and an overall finish that looks way beyond its high-street price tag.
But you may not have been so lucky. As the autumn weather feels so changeable, it’s high time to invest in or rediscover an amazing trench coat that you can wear right now. We all know the classics—Burberry’s macs are beyond covetable, as are those from J.W. Anderson and Totême—but what else is out there?
From unorthodox takes to tried-and-tested camel cotton iterations, we’ve sifted through the lot to bring you an edited selection of the most reliable, luxe and gorgeous trench coats worthy of a spot in your repertoire.