There is no more hardworking piece in your wardrobe than the trench coat. It's lightweight, ideal for layering in the unpredictable British weather, and versatile, throwable over everything from a tracksuit to a slinky dress.
And while sales for trench coats are skyrocketing right now, it's been a staple in the fashion industry for decades. First created for the military in World War One as a lighter and waterproof alternative to heavy army coats, it has never strayed too far from its roots.
You'll still find flap pockets, epaulettes, storm flaps and double-breasted pockets on most designs today, but that's not to say it hasn't been re-imagined with a fresh twist for the autumn/winter 23 season.
The original purveyor of the trench coat, Burberry, sees the style updated with fur trims and pops of colour under the helm of Daniel Lee. Meanwhile at Chloe, Gabriela Hearst plays with textures and bold prints, with a striped yellow, white and black style stealing the show. I also love Acne's western spin on the humble trench.
Everyone's seeing red this season, quite literally. Scarlet hues were spotted everywhere on the catwalk from Stella McCartney to Prada and Nensi Dojaka, and a trench coat is the perfect way to embrace the trend. The Row and H&M have some great styles to indulge for all budgets.
If it's longevity you're after, then of course there are plenty of more classic styles to be bought. For chic yet budget-friendly options, ARKET and COS are my go-to. I have a black leather trench from the former that I wear season after season, the ultimate investment piece. If budget is no issue, then designer labels Theory and Max Mara are known for their classic coats.
That's not to say you shouldn't think outside the box, playing around with texture - leather, denim and silk - and colour and print.
I could spend all day waxing lyrical about the trench coat, but instead I'll leave you here with my edit of the best ones to shop right now.
Shop the best trench coats
This two-tone trench, made from gabardine with a drawcord collar, is Isabel Marant's modern and sporty take on the wardrobe staple.
There's nothing subtle about The Row's red trench, featuring a removable hood with long panels. It's made from a lightweight yet durable linen-blend fabric.
This faux-patent leather coat by Stand is a perfect example of how to do colour the subtle way. You can wear it belted for that fit-and-flare fit.
A classic trench updated with a denim twist, it's meant to be worn long and with a belt for a flattering fit.
This trench coat stands out thanks to its burnt orange hue and puff sleeves which give it a feminine feel.
This Alexander McQueen coat is a work of art. Reminiscent of film noir stars, it can be worn as a dress in its own right, or layered over jeans and a cashmere knit.
BA&SH turn the classic trench on its head by giving it a sporty makeover. I love the hood and gathered detailing.
This is on the pricier side of ARKET's offering - which also includes classic beige styles in cotton and linen. However as I mentioned before, I own a previous iteration of this style and I can vouch for its durability both in quality and timeless design.
No one does classic wardrobe basics like M&S, and while there's nothing basic about this khaki trench, it'll slot seamlessly into your forever wardrobe.
Jigsaw has re-issued its classic trench coat this season with a sleeker, more oversized fit. It advises to take a size down your usual one.
Zara's TRF denim trench coat pays homage to the staple's military origins thanks to its high neck with a tab and metal buckle.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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