If there is one fashion piece that embodies timelessness, it would be the trench coat. Since its veteran World War I days, the sturdy, reliable trench has migrated from damp ditches onto glamorous runways, transcending its original military role to become a tried-and-true wardrobe staple for Instagram trendsetters and fashion critics alike. Traditionally crafted from gabardine, the breathable fabric not only lends the coat its layering prowess but also its waterproof qualities, making it a lightweight armour perfect for withstanding unexpected drizzles and chilly breezes that come with autumn. 

While the belted silhouette has not changed much over the years, many designers have taken it upon themselves to reimagine the classic trench this season. At Alexander McQueen and Burberry, trademark storm flaps and buckles are seen brushing shoulders with elegant A-line pleats and cosy faux fur collars. Meanwhile leather and denim have joined the ranks of cotton and gabardine in numbers by Versace and Acne Studios, while playful iterations by Alaïa and Courrèges bring splashes of blue and pink onto the streets. Whether you are a loyal fan of Burberry’s historic Kensington trench or looking to dip your toes into something different, here are some of the most stylish trench coats you can invest in now, and wear forever.

Burberry Kensington Heritage trench coat



Alexander McQueen A-line pleated trench coat


Acne Studios Belted denim trench coat


Courrèges Logo-patch trench coat


Tae Park Exclusive classic cotton trench


Saint Laurent Belted double-breasted velvet trench coat


Alice + Olivia Elicia double-breaster vegan leather trench coat


Burberry Appliquéd belted checked reversible trench coat


Burberry Long Kennington trench coat


Norma Kamali Bleted quilted shell trench coat


Isabel Marant Ebani two-tone double-breasted trench coat


Alaïa Lacquered wool-blend trench coat


Versace Embossed-crocodile laminated trench coat


Balmain Mini monogram-jacquard trench coat