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. With London Fashion Week being unseasonably warm this February, the fashion crowd took to the streets in an eclectic array of statement trench coats, demonstrating the piece's sheer versatility and cool factor. Shopping app LiketoKnow.It has also revealed that searches for trench coats are up a massive 4500% month over month. If that's not proof of the trench's cult status, we don't know what is.
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 oversized silhouettes and neon colourways to patent fabrics and print mash-ups. Far from the double-breasted, biscuit-coloured Burberry originals, the trench-coat family is suddenly looking a whole lot more diverse.
With spring approaching, a statement trench is the ultimate transitional-weather piece. Why? Because it will work just as well thrown over a chunky jumper and jeans if it's chilly as it will with a floral dress and mules. Also, it's the sort of trend that you could easily track down in a charity shop or vintage store, 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.