Call us old-fashioned, but there's nothing we love more than when a good wardrobe staple gets elevated to new heights, and this season, it's the trusty trench that has been given the souped-up treatment. Back at London Fashion Week, the fashion crowd paraded the pavements in an array of statement trench coats, demonstrating the piece's sheer versatility and cool factor, and even though we're not spending a lot of time outside, you know that it's a style that will look just as good in five years' time as it does today. Now that's what we call a good investment.
In this season's instalment of Pimp My Trench, we're seeing every reformulation you could imagine. It's all about harnessing the coat's essential elements—wide lapels, loosely belted fastening and military details—and subverting them to create a whole new look.
A quick glance at the street style imagery below will show a menagerie of interpretations—from oversize silhouettes and neon colourways to patent fabrics and print mash-ups. With spring around the corner, a statement trench is the perfect transitional piece. Also, it's the sort of trend that you could easily track down second-hand, which means there's less of a chance you'll have the same one as everyone else.
Scroll down to see how the fashion week crowd wore their statement trenches and shop our edit of the best ones available to buy now.