As the weather has yet to reach peak faux fur temperatures, the trench coat has taken its place as the choice outerwear of the season. And while the classic belted, camel-colored style is still as relevant now as it was in the mid-1800s when British clothing labels Burberry and Aquascutum first introduced the utilitarian design, today's version comes in many more iterations.
From high-shine finishes in patent and vinyl and extra-bright colors to deconstructed shapes and ones covered in check, there are four key ways we're wearing our trench this season — and beyond. Because if the spring '18 runways were any indication, the trench coat is a wear-now
and wear-later investment; just look to the collections of Maison Margiela, Jason Wu, and Alexander McQueen for proof.
Click through to see how the industry's coolest street style stars are embracing the trench coat and its many forms (and snag a few for yourself!).
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ClassicFrom brooding detectives and leading ladies to John Cusack in Say Anything, the trench coat is a wardrobe staple. There's no need to update the style or color of your trench if you prefer the classic, but for something slightly less-expected, we advise going oversized à la Céline, Vanessa Seward, and Balenciaga.
Staple Editors Trench Coat,
Plus Size Double-breasted Trench Coat,
Townie Double-breasted Cotton Trench Coat,
Beige Classic Trench Coat,
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CheckedThe check trend influenced most of our wardrobe this season, trench coat included, which could be seen at Burberry, with a celebratory return of its signature print; at Topshop in dark heritage colors; and via Uniqlo x J.W.Anderson, where the designer introduced a reversible check trench (as seen here).
Checked Trench Coat,
Tartan Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat,
Assembly New York
Wool Plaid Trench,
Rife Wrap Trench,
Glen Plaid Trench Coat,
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Colorful While the classic style comes in beiges, camels, and sands, this season's options are significantly more colorful. For winter, embrace the trench in extra-bright shades; think: sunset yellows, courtesy of Lacoste, pea greens at Guy Laroche, and electric blues by way of Calvin Klein.
Devyn Trench in Slate Blue,
Euphoria Corduroy Trench Coat,
Michael Kors Collection
Silk and Cotton Taffeta Trench Coat,
Cornelia Cotton Trench Coat,
Diane von Furstenberg
Long-sleeve Belted Collared Trench,
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DeconstructedDeconstructed pieces have dominated for some time now, whether it's a cut-up-and-renew hoodie or frayed-edge pair of patchwork jeans. Maison Margiela presented trenches with cut-away chests, APC inserted denim panels into its offering, and Anne Sofie Madsen made sleeves extra long and hems super short.
Shuffle Asymmetric Trench Coat,
Asymmetric Trench Coat,
Deconstructed Trench Coat,
Beige Deconstructed Sleeve Long Trench Coat,
Denim Overlay Trench Coat,
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PatentYou'll have noticed that the patent trench has really made a name for itself, starting with the looks shown on fall '17 catwalks, from Roksanda's high-shine oxblood number and Jeremy Scott's space-age silver coat, to Gareth Pugh's dystopian jet-black piece. Take note and modernize your trench with some extra-glossy vinyl.
Violeta By Mango
Pocketed Vinyl Trench Coat,
Nine to Five Pod Vinyl Trench Coat,
Trench Coat in Vinyl,
Calvin Klein 205West39NYC
Layered Double-breasted Checked Coat,
Target x Who What Wear
Women's Plus Size Patent Trench Coat,