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 2020 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 worthiest 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 spring 2020.
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This trench keeps cropping up on my feed.
Pair this pink hue with khaki for a beautiful colour combination.
Leather outerwear gets a springtime overhaul with this zingy lemon shade.
I can't get over how expensive this trench looks.
Contrast-stitching is a very cool detail that makes all the difference.
Another excellent coat option courtesy of Bottega Veneta.
That's right. The puff-sleeve trend is now taking over coats, too.
Mock-croc finishes never fail to look expensive.
This maxi coat will look its best paired with straight-leg jeans and floss-strap sandals.
The cut of this coat is sublime.
Trust Jil Sander to make white leather look chic.
This khaki trench is a minimal marvel.
This leather coat is just about the chicest thing we've seen on the high street.
The checks on this trench coat give it a very on-trend '60s vibe.
Wear this mint hue with camel and white for a fresh palette.
Following on from its 2019 checked hit, Palones has treated us to another cult trench coat.
This deconstructed trench feels very 2020.
The gorgeous, subtle cape detailing is not something you'd expect to see from the high street.