We’ve all fallen in love over and over again with the iconic trench coat for its sleek, sophisticated lines and wear-anywhere aesthetic that’s not only at the height of style but also of weatherproof functionality. The British fashion house of Burberry has nearly cornered the market on the signature heritage trench coat by which all others are measured.
However, there is a new wave of trendsetting trench coats out there that have caught our eye. After all, we like to change things up every now and again. This season, we’re loving this crop of trench coats that go beyond the traditional — not that our trusty classic trench won’t always have a firmly loved place in our wardrobe.
Check out these seven riffs that provide a new way to wear a trendsetting trench coat every day of the week.
1. Native Youth Esker Trench Jacket
We love the effortlessness of Native Youth’s twist on the trench coat with this Esker jacket that embraces the modish side of minimalism. The clean shape, raw-edge finishes and the slightly oversized silhouette make for a more progressive piece that’s the right mix of casual elegance. Plus, the light gray hue makes a statement, especially paired against black or darker separates.
2. Mango Faux-Fur Collar Trench
The cheeky spirit of Mango’s trench had us at hello. Any coat that leads with an embroidered “Oops” on the front is a must-have in our book. And, the back of the coat is equally as fun with the words stitched in that playfully say, “Yes!” Of course, the fur collar brings even more whimsical flair to this party of a trench coat that truly says it all.
3. Haute Hippie Overlay Flare Trench Coat
The relaxed, draped fit of this Haute Hippie flare trench coat is a cool way to throw one on. Plus, the military-style accents, not to mention the dark green hue, are perfectly on trend for a street-style-ready for fall. Wear the sleeves rolled up or down. This lightweight coat may not be all that warm, but what it lacks in insulation, it makes up for in style. Plus, you can wear it all year long.
4. Ashish Beige Sequin Trench Coat
While this Ashish coat may have much in common with the shape and style of the traditional trench, a closer look proves that it goes way beyond the norm with all-over, hand-embroidered sequins for the ultimate shimmer effect. The great thing is that this piece can easily maneuver from day to evening, as the fusion of its casual silhouette with the sequined sparkle means it’s appropriate for any hour. Shine on!
5. Guess Asymmetrical Trench Coat
Want to “guess” why we love Guess’s asymmetrical trench coat? Let us count the ways. First, its asymmetrical button-down closure is all the moto-edge you need. Second, the jaunty trench is rendered in a covetable tweed that screams classic sophistication (balancing out that edge, naturally). Third, despite the tweed effect, this piece is water resistant, adding even more versatility to its cool-girl ways. We could go on, but we think you get the picture.
6. Helmut Lang Blue Denim Parka
This take on the classic coat by designer Helmut Lang may be a love child between trench and parka but the purposefully faded denim coat has a lot to love no matter what you call it. With zipper pocket detail at the waist and an adjustable waistband, there’s no need for a traditional belt tie. Sherpa lining ensures plenty of insulation while a drawstring adjustable fishtail hem adds just the right amount of flair in the back of this straightforward piece that’s perfect for off-duty use.
7. Lucca Couture Trench Vest
Whether your style verges on classy uptown, low-key boho, or edgy hipster, this Lucca Couture Trench Vest can mold itself into your image. It has all the signature trench details, from the epaulet shoulders to the waist tie, side welt pockets, and the button front closures — minus the sleeves. Wear this fresh piece sleeveless in balmier weather or layer it over your long-sleeve sweaters or dresses for a trench that you don’t need to leave at coat check. It can, in essence, become part of your outfit.