If You Want to Invest in a Wear-Forever Coat, I'd Recommend This Classic

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 2019 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—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, 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 2019.

For a true investment, look no further than Burberry. 

The contrast stitching on this burgundy jacket is stunning. 

This hue will give your ensembles instant fashion credentials. 

This is on every member on the Who What Wear team's wish list. 

The checked trims on this trench make it look so expensive. 

For those of you who love to wear black. 

Prepare to see this style all over your feed. 

Khaki offers a subtle change from classic camel. 

This brown hue will look premium paired with a camel scarf. 

Chloé has created the ultimate statement trench. 

Leather outerwear is key for autumn/winter 2019. 

A chic trench for refined budgets. 

The perfect checked coat has arrived. 

We can always rely on M&S to create trenches with quality beyond their price tags. 

You'll be glad of this mac in a downpour. 

A hybrid between a trench and a bomber—and we love it. 

This will fast become your go-to coat. 

Wear this trench with neutral separates for a chic ensemble. 

This article was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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