With roots in military design, trench coats are a fine example of the longevity of considered design. While a lot has changed in the world of the trench over the years, from material possibilities to technical additions like detachable down liner layers, the basic design has remained near enough unchanged for over a century. And there's a reason for it.

At its core, the trench coat is a highly functional top layer that protects against all conditions with a minimum of fuss, and that’s why, all this time later, it remains one of the go-to coats all year round. As summer takes a step back, it’s time to shuffle your outerwear options in favor of more substantial layers.

Trench coats are the perfect choice thanks to a lightweight cotton construction as well as details like storm flaps, tightening cuffs, and a silhouette that drops below the thigh. With options from the likes of Stone Island, Marine Serre, Kassl Editions, and more, our selection of the best trench coats for men looks to prove the versatility of the style which deserves to see you through the transitional months.

Shop 10 of our favorite trench coats below.

Maison Margiela Panelled Wool Trench Coat

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Maison MargielaPanelled Wool Trench Coat
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Perhaps the biggest shift in trench coat norms since its inception is the domination of the luxury sector. What used to be a purely functional item is now a stalwart of high fashion. This Maison Margiela iteration suggests that might be a good thing, though.

Nanushka Shell Coat

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NanushkaShell Coat
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Nanushka's expert neutral tones shine through in this shell coat which features a slightly padded build for a touch of insulation during fall.

Stone Island Lucido-TC Trench Coat

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Stone IslandLucido-TC Trench Coat
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You never expected Stone Island to just make a classic trench coat, did you? The Lucido Trench Coat features a semi-transparent shell and a detachable vest underneath.

Burberry Tassle Trench Coat

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BurberryTassle Trench Coat
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Burberry actually designed the gabardine trench coats for the British Army during the First World War so this one definitely does the job. Subtle subversion comes in the form of tasseled hems and a colorful belt tie.

Kassl Editions Belted Trench Coat

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Kassl EditionsBelted Trench Coat
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Kassl Editions' clean-cut styles balance technical expertise and understated style perfectly. Fully waterproof and suited to every occasion, this is the does-everything coat.

Marine Serre First-Aid Survival Trench Coat

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Marine SerreFirst-Aid Survival Trench Coat
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Cut from waterproof moiré, the Marine Serre First-Aid Survival Trench Coat has an unorthodox sheen to it. Featuring details like a D-ring belt, arm pocket, and shoulder epaulettes, as well as the Marine Serre Vortex Moon to the reverse, this trench coat stands out.

UNIQLO Trench Coat

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UNIQLOTrench Coat
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While copping trench coats can become very expensive business, there are options for a tighter budget, too. This UNIQLO option comes in at the very attractive price of $130 and deals in classic style.

Solid Homme Wool Trench Coat

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Solid HommeWool Trench Coat
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Cut to a slightly oversized silhouette, this trench coat from Solid Homme should be a central player in your fall layering game.

A.P.C. Trench Coat

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A.P.C.Trench Coat
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Jean Touitou's A.P.C. has been making staple trenches and macs since it was founded. Unchanged, this beige number is virtually trend-proof at this point.

FEAR OF GOD Iridescent Car Coat

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FEAR OF GODIridescent Car Coat
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When the silhouette is as understated as that of the Fear of God Car Coat, you can get away with detailing like the iridescent twill shell.

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