5 Ways The Trench Coat Is Ruling Winter

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.
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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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Classic
From 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.
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Checked
The 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).
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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.
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Deconstructed
Deconstructed 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.
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Patent
You'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.
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