I’m lucky enough to have owned a Burberry and I’m currently still wearing my The Kooples khaki, leather and firm trimmed version from at least 7 years ago. That reminds me, I must get it out for a spring dry clean ready to wear now that weather finally seems to be back in double digits!
For me a trench coat is standard issue - a stylish staple that never goes out of fashion and should be in every woman’s wardrobe. I always look forward to spring as the trench coat is such a great piece of transitional clothing. Perfect also for providing some protection from those obligatory spring showers!
Back home at my parents’ place in Yorkshire, we have a wardrobe full of Burberry. Sadly, it’s all way too big for me to ever wear but my Mum and Dad both have classic trenches each as my Aunty used to be a tailor for the Burberry factory when they were based back in Castleford.
I bought my original trench in Selfridges about 15 years ago when I worked for Simply Media. I wore it quite literally to death – it was a jaunty take on their classic belted trench, with an over-sized collar and leather trim. It looked a bit like an old policeman’s coat but I loved it. I had negative CPW on that purchase! A smart investment I think you’ll agree. In case you’re not familiar with the CPW, it’s my girl’s math and how I justify my more expensive indulgences. You divide the cost of the item by the amount of times you’ve worn it and that gives you it’s real price!!!!
The trench coatis that holy grail in fashion of really being perennially timeless. Quintessentially British but more recently adopted by the effortlessly and always chic French girl gang. Usually constructed from cotton gabardine and traditionally double breasted.
Here’s my round up of the best seasonal trenches around – from both the designer end of the market and the high street retailers.
Burberry again getting a very strong mention. You really can’t go wrong with a Burberry trench. They come in various colours and fabrics and range in price from an entry level light weight shell packaway at £495 up to £1795 for their beautiful Sandringham cashmere trench. Net a Porter stocks a wide selection.
My own personal favourite Burberry of this season and one which would nicely replace the original one I owned would be the Sandringham cotton gabardine in black. Super versatile and effortlessly chic.
Couple of other special mentions from the higher end of the market which I just adore include this fabulous Twill Trench coat from Simone Rocha. I love the voluminous sleeve detailing of this coat. I also like the sand colour and the fact that you can casually tie this or wear it more classically with the belt fully buckled.
Another pricey one I’m afraid but I totally love this two tone silk-faille version from Prada. I love navy and black styled together and this is designed with darling contrasting lapels and cuffs. It’s super sophisticated with its slimline double breasted silhouette and don’t be fooled by the silk, this will actually keep you nice and warm too as it has an internal padded layer to provide some extra warmth.
I’m totally gaga about this Balenciaga oversized cotton trench. It’s a more deconstructed look, with draped side panels and an asymmetric hem. I love the whole styling here from Net a Porter. Money being no object all of these pieces would be headed straight into my shopping basket with a happy clickety click of my mouse! Got to love a bit (sorry a lot) of Balenciaga!
At the higher end of the high street my go to favourite French labels have the trench coat trend down to a tailored tee! As you’ve probably come to expect from me now, I can’t possibly do a fashion post without mentioning The Kooples. I love this longer length version in black that they are stocking this season.
All Saints have a take on the seasonal trench but have done it in a more parka style with a fish tail hem. I love this dusty pink colour and it’s so on trend and such a flattering shade to wear.
Top Shop have quite a few to versions to choose from this year and this is really reasonably priced too. Again, a relaxed fit and size so a bit of a variation on the trend but I love the stone colour and sleeve trim detailing.
This lovely little trench from ASOS has just been reduced and is currently on sale at just £27.00 making it a perfect no brainer. It follows all the classic styling and is also fully lined so represents fabulous value for money.
Finally a shout out to high street favourite Marks and Spencer’s who can always be relied upon to have something reasonably priced following the seasons trends. Their Stormwear range is perfect for the British weather! From the Petite collection and at just £45.00, this classic black or beige belted version is a great buy.
So ladies, there you have it, my round up of the most fabulous trench coats around. No longer the uniform of the Army Officer or associated with Detectives, Landed Gentry or Mods, the trench coat is a much loved and totally versatile wardrobe essential for every woman of any age but most particularly for a self-proclaimed fabfitforty fashionista.