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 autumn 2020.
SHOP TRENCH COATS
Topshop Boutique Double Layer Trench (£195)
COS Organic Cotton Oversized Trench Coat (£150)
Arket Linen Blend Trench Coat (£175)
Loulou Studio Pukapuka Oversized Linen Trench Coat (£540)
JW Anderson Wool Blend-Trimmed Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat (£1350)
Joseph Cepio Texture Satin Coat (£725)
Bottega Veneta Double-Breasted Shirred Glossed-Leather Trench Coat (£6535)
M&S Collection Double Breasted Trench Coat (£55)
Deadwood Terra Trench Coat (£628)
Topshop Charcoal Grey Trench Coat (£79)
Nasty Gal Time Is on My Shine Belted Trench Coat (£48)
& Other Stories Belted Trench Coat (£205)
Arket Trench Coat (£175)
Michael Michael Kors Draped Trench Coat (£295)
Jil Sander Single-Breasted Leather Trench Coat (£5030)
Asos Design Check Trench Coat in Brown (£65)
Yves Saint Laurent Trench Coat (£684)
King & Tuckfield Oversized Cotton-Twill Trench Coat (£685)
Joseph Conley Bonded Cotton Stretch Trench Coat (£318)
Vintage Trench Coat (£89)
Asos Design Tall Vinyl Trench Coat With Contrast Stitching in Oxblood (£70)
Whistles Izzey Trench Coat, Khaki (£199)
Weekend Max Mara Aldo Check Print Long Coat, Black/White (£650)
Asos Design Slouchy Oversized Lightweight Trench Coat in Khaki (£65)
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