The winter to spring shift is a time for rebirth, especially this year. When it comes to the wardrobe, it’s all about having the right tools in place to adapt to changing weather and conditions. Our Spring Style Toolkit is here to help.

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

Single-Breasted Trench Coat

Single-Breasted Trench Coat

$150

UNIQLO U

Buy at uniqlo

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.

Daily Paper Concealed Fastening Trench Coat

Concealed Fastening Trench Coat

$245

Daily Paper

Buy at Farfetch

Daily Paper opts for a light beige hue to get us through Spring/Summer with this lightweight trench coat. All detailing is removed, with even the buttons hidden when fastened, apart from a storm strap to the collar allowing for a closer fit if the wind picks up.

Burberry Mid-length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

The Mid-length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

The Mid-length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

$1990

Burberry

Buy at Burberry

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.

Brain Dead Laboratory Topcoat

Laboratory Topcoat

Laboratory Topcoat

$481

Brain Dead

Buy at Slam Jam

Seeing as spring calls for unlined top layers, it’s helpful to keep things oversized. That’s not only because it gives your outfits a more interesting silhouette, but it opens the doors for some proper layering. This bold trench coat from Brain Dead features wide, notched lapels for an elevated take on the classic.

A-COLD-WALL* Water Resistant Welded Mac Coat

Water Resistant Welded Mac Coat

Water Resistant Welded Mac Coat

$679

A-COLD-WALL*

Buy at Slam Jam

In typically clean, industrial style, this spring staple from A-COLD-WALL* is cut from lightweight, water-resistant nylon in a versatile Cement hue. Detailing is kept to a minimum to allow the clean tailoring to breathe.

Ralph Lauren Vintage Trench Coat

Vintage Trench Coat

Vintage Trench Coat

$64

Ralph Lauren

Buy at Vestiaire Collective

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

Double-Breasted Cotton Coat

$1600

Jil Sander

Buy at Harvey Nichols

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

Vintage Trench Coat

Vintage Trench Coat

$127

Saint Laurent

Buy at Vestiaire Collective

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

Oversized Trench Coat

$341

Random Identities

Buy at Farfetch

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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