The best trench coat is a lifelong keeper. It's the kind of trusty wardrobe staple you know is ready and waiting whenever you need it, but it doesn't vie for your attention at all times (or get upset when you shove it to the back of the rail for a few months).
It took me a long time to find my holy grail of outerwear. My perfect trench coat arrived early 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 autumn, and it's already made a 2021 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. As the autumn weather feels so changeable, it's high time to invest in or rediscover an amazing trench coat that you can wear right now. We all know the classics—Burberry's macs are beyond covetable, as are those from J.W. Anderson and Totême—but what else is out there?
From unorthodox takes to tried-and-tested camel cotton iterations, we've sifted through the lot to bring you an edited selection of the most reliable, luxe and gorgeous trench coats worthy 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 for a bad weather forecast. Scroll through the gallery to see and shop our pick of the best trench coats for autumn 2021.
SHOP TRENCH COATS
Saint Laurent Leather-Trimmed Trench Coat (£2840)
ASOS Double Layer Trench Coat in Navy (£75)
Allsaints Sage Cotton Trench Coat (£141)
Isabel Marant Dipanima Trench Coat (£820)
M&S Collection Pure Cotton Stormwear™ Belted Trench Coat (£69)
Karen Millen Leather Trench Mac (£480)
& Other Stories Relaxed Trench Coat (£135)
Altuzarra Hitchcock Ombré-Check Wool-Blend Trench Coat (£2245)
Lvir Cotton Trench Coat (£390)
Ivy & Oak Charlotte Coat (£299)
Khaite Eden Olive Twill Trench Coat (£1420)
ASOS Curve Spliced Check Trench Coat (£75)
Kassl Editions Coated Cotton Trench Coat (£750)
Ganni Olive Cotton-Blend Trench Coat (£375)
Gucci Belted Leather Panel Wool Check Trench Coat (£4900)
& Other Stories Relaxed Wool Blend Trench Coat (£175)
H&M Oversized Trench Coat (£60)
Totême Double-Breasted Cotton-Blend Gabardine Trench Coat (£650)
Zara Long Classic Trench Coat (£80)
Marni Bi-Colour Belted Cotton-Blend Trench Coat (£2190)
Mango Martha Linen Blend Trench Coat in Natural White (£100)
Karen Millen Leather and Shearling Layered Biker Trench Coat (£560)
Loewe Double-Breasted Belted Cotton-Twill Trench Coat (£2400)
Burberry The Westminster Long Trench Coat (£1550)
The Row Agathan Trench Coat (£2340)
Mother of Pearl Tencel™ Longline Trench Coat in Black (£220)
MM6 Maison Margiela Two-Tone Trench Coat (£432)
Whistles Izzey Trench Coat in Khaki (£199)
Zara Polka Dot Trench Coat (£119)
Victoria Beckham Floral Trench Coat (£684)
Monki Hedda Trench Coat in Beige (£80)
Karen Millen Curve Polished Cotton Trench Coat (£149)
COS Oversized Trench Coat (£150)
ASOS Cord Collared Trench Coat in Stone (£65)
Jaeger Pure Cotton Double Breasted Trench Coat (£199)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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