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 brand continues to riff on today—I still dig it out every winter, and it's already made a 2018 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. And as the weather feels so changeable right now, it's high time to invest in or rediscover an amazing trench coat to wear now. We all know the classics—Burberry's macs are beyond covetable, and Acquascutum is a heritage name to know here—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, cord, colourful and vinyl versions, we guarantee you'll be grateful of a bad weather forecast. Scroll through the gallery to see and shop our pick of the best trench coats for 2018.
Corduroy is key for A/W 18.
The detail on this Acne number will make you want to invest, pronto.
The check print collar is all the detail you need.
The perfect alternative to beige.
Yep, Zara's always got your back when it comes to wardrobe classics.
The vinyl trench isn't going anywhere.
If it's checked, we want it.
Simple, yet amazing.
Wherever we looked during fashion week, we spotted this on the street.
We're all for bow cuffs.
Faux looks just as chic.
It's bound to be your party season cover-up of choice.
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This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.