When it comes to timeless fashion investments, the trench coat has to be up there with the best. The quintessentially British trench coat has long stood the test of time, and its appeal shows no signs of waning, particularly during Springtime. With the UK’s inclement weather, a trench coat is a must for mornings that may start with blue skies, and end a nasty shade of grey thanks to the unrelenting rain. So it’s little wonder that the trusty trench has universal appeal year after year.
Not only is it a modern classic but it also scores points for its versatility. Whether you decide to team it with straight-leg jeans and white trainers or a printed dress and heels, the trench coat has the magic to elevate every outfit. Recently, I have had repeated requests by my Personal Styling clients to source them a fabulous selection of trench coats, which further illustrates the timeless appeal of the trench.
From the classic to the more fashion-forward and fun designs, there’s a trench for everyone. Scroll down to shop my pick of the best trench coats that will suit any shape, style or budget.
Lilac is definitely having a moment right now, so this trench is the perfect combination of classic meets on-trend. This trench is also a great way of adding colour into your wardrobe too.
There’s no denying that we are having a love affair with leather right now – skirts, shirts, blazers and trousers have featured heavily on the high street and in the wardrobes the nation’s most stylish gals. This leather trench coat from Marks & Spencer is the perfect nod to this trend and is a chic alternative to the humble biker jacket.
Not the cheapest of my choices, but definitely up there as one of my favourites, is this beauty from Sandro. The check fabric panel on the rear adds interest and a fun element too.
This fashion bloggers fave is now back in stock and available in sizes 6-18. Made from organic cotton, this is the most coveted coat of the coolest Parisians.
OK, so I will admit it… I am slightly biased about this one as it’s one I have in my wardrobe and one I have recommended to a few of my Personal Styling clients. The soft, fluid fabric is perfect for those gals with an hourglass figure as the fabric drapes the cubes beautifully.
Crafted in cotton for an ultra-soft feel, and fully lined with a contrasting lining, this stylish staple is sure to elevate your everyday wardrobe with its full design on the bottom half of the coat.
Relaxed, oversized and much more casual than the traditional trench, this is one to wear with jeans and trainers for a more understated look.
My favourite. It’s stunning. A budget buster but one you will love for a lifetime and will take you from day to night.
Boden Franklin Trench Coat (also available in green) £96 (was £160)
A traditional trench with a twist. This coat is elevated by the contrasting navy blue back panel and the fun print on the lining.
One for the curvy gals! Available in sizes 16-30 and also in a stone colourway too, this lightweight trench will take you from season to season, year after year.
This wardrobe essential hasn’t changed much over time – you can still find heavy gauge cotton-gabardine numbers with the trademark storms flaps, buckles and belting everywhere from Burberry to Boden. However, with so many different slants on the trench featuring on the catwalk every season, it’s hard not to be tempted by fresh new styles. At the AW20 shows, JW Anderson debuted his bubble hemmed trench, Burberry offered ruching and trimmed the trench with shearling, while Michael Kors’ trenches had capes. One thing worth remembering though, when you’re spending money on a capsule classic, is to think smart: invest in something with longevity, but don’t be afraid of subtle twists or fun, playful details – buy what you love!
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