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 Sandro and Acne Studios, trademark storm flaps and buckles are seen brushing shoulders with romantic satin pleats and cosy shearling sleeves. Meanwhile leather and suede have joined the ranks of cotton and gabardine in numbers by Blanca Vita and Marni, while bold iterations by Batsheva and Christopher John Rogers bring vibrant splashes of green 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.
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