Like many an iconic garment, the trench coat has military roots. First seen in the last decade of the 1800s, the iconic outerwear piece was mainly worn on the trenches by British and French soldiers during WW1 — hence the name. And though both Burberry and Aquascutum claim to be the brains behind the trench coat, one thing is certain – it’s a staple piece in men’s fashion that’s not going anywhere.
It’s easy to see why — the trench coat comes with more coverage than most leather or bomber jackets, while boasting lightweight fabrics that make it perfect for spring months. The aesthetic is smart and timeless, making it great for elevating everyday ’fits with a pair of sneakers or smartening up with loafers.
Still, finding the perfect trench coat for you is no easy task. Browsing retailers from high street to luxury, though, we’ve found 10 renditions that really stand out for the months to come.
From affordable options in timeless neutral coloring by the likes of COS and AllSaints, to more fashion-forward styles such as a utilitarian-style trench by Heron Preston, dip-dyed coat by Ports V, and a sleek faux leather option by 1017 ALYX 9SM — for major The Matrix vibes, our list has something for every style sensibility.