Form and function: Chic women’s trench coats to wear with everything

Ellie Goodman

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15 July 2022

From sweet summer dresses to wrapped-up winter wear, invest in a timeless trench coat you’ll wear year-round

15 July 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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imelessness is something of a buzzword in the world of fashion. Despite the relentless deluge of trends churned out by the fashion machine, we are told time and time again that, by adding one timeless piece to our wardrobes, we will never again be left wondering what to wear. It sounds like a load of rubbish, but for a few select pieces – black blazers, white trainers, sleek slip dresses – this advice rings true. Particularly so in the case of the trench coat.

Originally a utilitarian garment, this chic essential is a piece of walking fashion history. Having evolved from the waterproof coats created by Scotsman Charles Macintosh, it’s Thomas Burberry’s cotton gabardine iterations worn by soldiers in the trenches during the First World War (hence the name) – as well as those by now-shuttered Aquascutum, who would argue that they did it first – that have inspired the styles we still see on the streets today.

Much like T-shirts, denim and Oxford shirts, this is one piece of masculine workwear that women have truly co-opted to make their own – even when off-duty. Whether thrown on over a summer dress, or with jeans, a jumper and chunky Chelsea boots come winter, a timeless trench coat instantly elevates any outfit, while keeping you covered in the event of unwelcome rain showers. Here’s our pick of the best trench coats to throw on over any outfit.

Bottega Veneta double-breasted trench coat

Epitomising the laid-back elegance of Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta tenure, this double-breasted trench coat is the last word in effortless style. Crafted in a sleek cotton canvas, with an A-line silhouette and triangular belt buckle, this understated yet refined piece is one you’ll wear for years to come.

Bottega Veneta double-breasted cotton canvas trench coat, £2,560, net-a-porter.com

 
 

Burberry Waterloo Heritage trench coat

You can’t talk trench coats without bringing up Burberry. With its relaxed, longline silhouette, raglan sleeves and vintage check lining, there’s a reason the London-based brand is a go-to for women far and wide. We like to layer ours over everything, from smart-casual suiting to head-to-toe cashmere.

Burberry long Waterloo Heritage trench coat, £1,790, burberry.com

Chloé gabardine trench coat

Gabriella Hearst puts her trademark feminine touch on a classic with Chloé’s ruffle-trimmed trench coat. Oversized ruffles at the shoulders accentuate its softened silhouette, while the intricate cut-out embroidery on its balloon sleeves add a touch of whimsical romanticism to a typically pared-back piece.

Chloé ruffle-trimmed wool gabardine trench coat, £4,645, harveynichols.com

 
 

Fendi canvas trench coat

Not a brand known for its subtlety, Fendi’s canvas trench coat gets the full logomania treatment for a head-turning statement look. Cut in a classic silhouette with an oversized fit, wide lapels, side slit pockets and a soft silk lining, this FF monogrammed coat definitely isn’t one for wallflowers.

Fendi FF belted canvas trench coat, £3,021, mytheresa.com

Rejina Pyo Hana trench coat

If you’re looking for a more high octane trench coat to add to your rotation, may we suggest this retro-inspired number from Rejina Pyo. Rendered in a glossy dark plum vinyl, with a detachable faux-shearling collar and tortoiseshell buttons, this stylish Seventies-style trench coat will have heads turning wherever you step out.

Rejina Pyo Hana vinyl trench coat, £795, matchesfashion.com

 
 

Sacai asymmetric trench coat

Can’t choose which neutral to go with? Sacai’s asymmetric two-tone trench coat lets you have both. Cut at the knee for a low-key look, with a spread collar and stitched embellishment, this double-breasted, panelled coat is an off-beat take on the classic trench coat that’s guaranteed to go with everything.

Sacai two tone asymmetric trench coat, £1,575, brownsfashion.com

The Row Agathan trench coat

Renowned for its understated yet beautifully crafted clothes, New York-based brand The Row excels in the kind of everyday essentials that every woman needs in her wardrobe. Crafted in Italy from a soft grey shell, with wide lapels, double-breasted fastenings and a coordinating belt for cinching, this relaxed, oversized trench coat will be a staple for seasons to come.

The Row Agathan belted shell trench coat, £2,340, net-a-porter.com

 
 

Tom Ford velvet trench coat

One for cold winter nights, this sleek tailored trench coat from Tom Ford is as sexy as it is stylish – but what else would you expect? Crafted in an inky blue velvet, with a smooth silk lining and sophisticated longline silhouette, it won’t matter what you wear underneath – this coat will be the star of the show.

Tom Ford belted velvet trench coat, £4,884, farfetch.com

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