The classic trench coat is a wardrobe staple you’ll love now and forever.

We’re all for spring newness. Whether it’s a punchy floral dress or a pair of chunky sandals, the new season is the perfect time to experiment with trends. But if you’re looking to commit to a piece that offers long-time appeal, there’s one wardrobe hero that promises to last a lifetime: the trench coat. 

A solid style staple, a timeless trench is perfect for those days when the weather is blowing a gale at 9am and unspoilt sunshine is forecast for 4pm. And in case you hadn’t noticed, the street style set loves it, too. Asos have already seen many influencers wearing its most recent styles, and have told the Stylist fashion team the currently have four of their coats selling every minute on the site recently, we expect the best ones will sell out at speed. 

Whether you opt for timeless beige and fail-safe black, or you try out a splash of colour or print, the trench coat will remain in your wardrobe for years to come.

Are you ready to commit? Whether you’re searching for a style to take on your springtime walk or looking to invest in a piece of fashion history (like the iconic Burberry style) here’s our pick of the best trench coats to buy now and wear forever. 

Best trench coats

  • Arket

    Best trench coats: Arket

    Liven up any outfit, any day of the week with this bubblegum pink iteration at Arket. Nailing how to do a bright coat, this sleek, minimalist style is a spring dream. 

    Shop linen blend trench coat at Arket, £175


  • Kitri

    Best trench coats: Kitri

    Fresh from the edit with influencer Jessie Bush, the Sam trench coat is the oversized style that’ll never date. The minimalist detail and perfect length is all part of the fashion insider-approved package. 

    Shop Sam trench coat at Kitri, £285


  • Asos

    Best trench coats: Asos

    Granted this may not be classed as a classic coat, but vinyl outerwear is set to go the distance. This particular style has been an Instagram hit, and it’s selling out fast. Go, go, go!

    Shop vinyl trench coat at Asos, £65


  • Reformation

    Best trench coats: Reformation

    A longline trench is the perfect companion for those tricky in-between weather days. This style from sustainable label Reformation is made from deadstock materials. 

    Shop Reformation Holland trench coat at Reformation, £290


  • Palones

    Best trench coat: Palones

    Checked, puff-sleeved, with contrasting detail and matching trousers available. Could this trench coat get any better? You’ll love this coat style across all seasons. 

    Shop puff sleeve trench at Palones, £145


  • H&M+

    Best trench coats: H&M+

    Looking for attention to detail? Look no further. This soft trench in sizes L-4XL has puff sleeves that’ll elevate even the simplest of outfits. The shorter length will also be perfect with spring midi dresses, too. 

    Shop H&M+ short trench at H&M, £39.99


  • Cos

    Best trench coats: Cos

    If light, tonal shades aren’t your thing, opt for a timeless black trench. This lightweight, belted style is also machine washable so you can chuck it in with your usual load.  

    Shop oversized trench coat at Cos, £150


  • Thebe Magugu

    Best trench coats: Thebe Magugu

    The cooler months don’t have to mean dull colours. You’ll wear this minty hue style across all seasons – be quick, the sizes are selling out fast with this bargain.

    Shop Thebe Magugu plated jacket at 24s, £725


  • Uniqlo

    Best trench coats: Uniqlo

    The go-to for the best basics, Uniqlo’s trench coat is a fail-safe buy. In dark grey or beige, you’ll want to wear whichever one you chose with every outfit. 

    Shop women’s trench coat at Uniqlo, £129.90


  • Whistles

    Best trench coats: Whistles

    Wear this khaki trench coat open over a Breton T-shirt and beige tailored trousers for a classic everyday outfit that will never fail.

    Shop Izzey trench coat at Whistles, £199


  • M&S Collection

    Best Trench Coats: Marks and Spencer

    M&S had this trench in tan, navy and black last year. This year, they’ve bought back it back with two new shades. The double-breasted coat style is universally flattering, in sizes 6-24 and it’s created using a blend of recycled fabrics. 

    Shop M&S Collection double breasted trench coat at M&S, £55  


  • Burberry

    When it comes to timeless trench coats, there are none more iconic than the Burberry original. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 – and the brand’s trench coats have been cut from it ever since, making the Kensington coat not just an investment piece to treasure, but your very own piece of fashion history. 

    Shop Burberry Kensington long cotton-gabardine trench coat at Net-a-Porter, £1450


Holding image: Getty. 

All other images: courtesy of the brands

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