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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 winter takes a step back, it’s time to shuffle your outerwear options in favor of lighter layers without ignoring the fact that the bad weather is not over yet.
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 UNIQLO, Burberry, and Jil Sander, 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 ten of our favorite trench coats below.
UNIQLO U Single-Breasted Trench Coat
UNIQLO U should be a go-to destination for strong wardrobe foundations every season. The Lemaire-designed collaboration offers the French designer’s boxy silhouettes for a much kinder price tag than his eponymous luxury label. This lightweight trench boats a striking A-line cut dropping below the knee with more than enough room for layering underneath.
Tanaka Mods Trench Coat
Tanaka’s trench features a host of classic details like a belt to the waist, buckled storm straps to the cuffs, and an eight-button, double-breasted fastening. On the other hand, a detachable hood gives the nylon-poplin trench coat an experimental, modern feel.
Burberry Mid-length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat
While Burberry is not credited with the first-ever trench coat designs, it is one of the OGS and undoubtedly the favorite. Featuring the signature checked lining, this beige trench coat carries all of the original details we’d expect from a trench: buckles to the cuffs, a buckled waist tie, double-breasted build, and even epaulets.
COS Oversized Trench Coat
Oversized Trench Coat
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The lightweight build of a trench coat makes it a nice silhouette to adjust to an oversized fit. This iteration from COS has a single-breasted fastening for maximum minimalism.
JW Anderson Belted Trench Coat
Jonathan Anderson’s eponymous label puts a refreshing spin on the trench coat with a tonal patchwork construction. Black buttons punctuate the belted cotton jacket which carries all of the hallmarks of a heritage trench.
Feng Chen Wang Panelled Double-Breasted Trench Coat
You know the days when you just can’t decide between your two favorites? Take them both with Feng Chen Wang’s two-faced beauty.
Ralph Lauren Vintage Trench Coat
Part of Ralph Lauren’s Chaps subsidiary, this minimal black trench coat is lined with a removable lining for when the temperature’s rising — perfect for the transitional months.
Jil Sander Double-Breasted Cotton Coat
Taking style cues from authentic military trench coats, this Oil Sander iteration boasts a double-breasted, ten-button construction. Hand-warmer pockets to the ribs and flap pockets to the waist are the only other details against one of the cleanest pieces of the season.
Saint Laurent Vintage Trench Coat
This vintage Yves Saint Laurent trench coat is classic in every way. Designed in the trench coat’s classic beige hue, it boasts a tartan lining. If you’re looking for an authentic take on the style, you can’t do much better than this.
Random Identities Oversized Trench Coat
You’re more likely to see a zipped arm pocket on a bomber jacket but Random Identities’ ability to reshape classics sees the feature added to a trench coat. This oversized black number stands out from the crowd with a diagonal strap running from the right waist pocket over the left shoulder.
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