Perfect for spring and autumn when you’re not quite committed to no jacket or full-on coat, a trench is one of those wardrobe stapes you’ll wear on repeat every year. But finding the right one is a little like the quest for the perfect pair of jeans: endless. Whether you favour a classic tailored look or are after something more oversized and modern, we’ve got you covered. Scroll on for our edit of the best, from designer investments to high street favourites.
While the classic Burberry trench might be top of your wish list, the high street have a wealth of great options each season. Look to Mango who have mastered the art of the soft, fluid trench, or M&S for more structure – both of which will take you through winter and beyond.
For something a little more playful we love Parisian brand Claudie Pierlot’s check detail trench. Layer over a masculine button-down and high-waisted jeans for a modern take on French girl chic. While fashion girls will love Uterque’s fierce merlot leather trench and ASOS’s faux white leather style – both look great paired against an all black look.
Trenches are definitely moving towards a more voluminous shape rather than classic businesslike tailoring. If you’re not keen to invest in a high-end one, the high street has plenty of great options roomy enough to fit a chunky knit underneath. In fact, layering can be the key to making a trench look modern. We love a biker layered underneath with a cocooning blanket scarf for autumn days when you’re not ready to commit to full-on winter coat.
If you're not keen to invest in a high-end one, the high street has plenty of great options roomy enough to fit a chunky knit underneath.
Although quintessentially British, it's the Parisian brands that have nailed the modern trench. Look to the likes of BA&SH, The Kooples, Sezane, Sandro and Claudie Pierlot for great options.