The best trench coats are lifelong keepers—the kind of trusty wardrobe staple you know is ready and waiting whenever you need it without vying for your attention at all times (or getting upset if you've shoved it to the back of the rail for a few months in a row). It took me a long time to find my outerwear holy grail: My perfect trench coat arrived early on in 2015 when Finery launched and I scooped up the double-face crêpe trench the designer continues to riff on today. 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. And as the weather feels so changeable right now, it's high time to invest in or rediscover an amazing trench coat for spring/summer 2018. We all know the classics—Burberry's macs are beyond covetable—but what else is out there? From more unorthodox takes through to tried-and-tested iterations in camel cotton, we've sifted through the lot to bring you an edited selection of the most reliable, most luxe, most gorgeous and most worthy of a spot in your repertoire. And the good news? It's looking like designers are hooked on re-creating trench coats in the most exciting ways—after one look at the new checked and vinyl versions, we guarantee you'll be wishing for a bad weather forecast. Scroll through the gallery to see and shop our pick of the best trench coats for 2018.
A classic, sophisticated trench Holly Golightly would love.
A twist on the vinyl version.
Yep, Zara's always got your back when it comes to wardrobe classics.
The traditionalists will love this.
Wherever we looked during fashion week, we spotted this on the street.
A twist on the classic.
One of our favourite French brands comes through with a trench we instantly added to cart.
A leather trench for when you need something a bit sturdier.
We challenge you to find a better oversized trench on the high street.
For when you want something totally fabulous.
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