When I put my first trench coat on at age 18 I felt a little silly. It was a hand-me-down, fully equipped with shoulder pads and a removable lining (in plaid, of course), given to me by my aunt before I moved to New York City for college. I didn’t touch it my first winter in the city, opting for a more age-appropriate puffer jacket or teddy coat.
A year and a half later, I reached for it one evening on a whim before meeting up with some friends and I felt like my life was changed. I remember I was wearing black flared jeans, a turtleneck, and heeled booties. I stared at my 20-year-old self in the mirror and thought, “Is this what it feels like to be a woman?”
Since then, I have made it a personal goal to let every other person I know that if they don’t have a trench coat in their closet, they need to obtain one ASAP. I’m not exaggerating when I say that a trench coat truly goes with every outfit come fall. Slouchy jeans and a tee? Trench coat. Running errands in leggings and a hoodie? Trench coat. (There’s something so special about the hood of your sweatshirt peeking over your trench—so chic!)
How to style a trench coat
One of my favorite ways to style my trench coat is with a big ol’ blanket scarf. Whether you opt for one in a coordinating neutral or in a bright color to provide a pop, a scarf will help your coat transition your trench into the cooler months. (Bonus style points if you nix the scarf and tie a sweater around your shoulders instead.)
When you think of a trench coat, a classic, nylon one in a shade of khaki probably comes to mind first, but in 2023, that’s far from the only trench option you have. From full leather versions to denim ones that’ll help you master a fall Canadian tuxedo moment, your trench coat can be as classic or as statement-making as your heart desires. If you’re looking for added warmth, a wool coat with trench details is on the table, too.
If you’re running errands on a low-key Saturday, throwing your trench over a lounge set will put an effortlessly chic spin over your lazy-day look. Finish the look off with your favorite sneakers or a pair of UGGs for ultimate cozy vibes.
The best trench coats of 2023
Looking for a classic trench? This editor-favorite Ralph Lauren version is as timeless as they come. Its subtle faux-leather piping provides a luxe added detail without sacrificing versatility.
If you want a trench look with winter-coat warmth, this is your best bet. Its double layer of lining will keep you toasty while looking luxe.
This editor-favorite trench is a capsule wardrobe staple if we’ve ever seen one. Its impeccable quality can be seen in its gorgeous details, and it’s made to last a lifetime, no matter what you put it through (hello, water-repellent material!).
This long, draping trench will be your go-to coat year-round thanks to its water-resistant outer layer. Unruly weather, who?
This trench mixes traditional trench details, like its storm flap, with more modern ones, like its full hem and raglan sleeves. The result? A complete closet staple.
Looking for a trench with a twist? Our editors are head-over-heels for this stunning muted green option that’ll work just as well with dark fall hues as it will spring pastels.
Plus-size options available
If the phrase “statement coat” had a permanent picture attached to it, it would be this. Its rich, dark-brown hue feels quintessentially fall, and is perfect for pairing with the textures of your favorite knitwear.
This trench coat is loved by Everygirls far and wide, as it checks every box on our list when it comes to a great trench. Both wind- and water-resistant, this affordable coat boasts a luxe interior lining and a removable belt. Pro tip: It comes in an oversized fit, so we’d recommend taking your true size or one size down (you’ll still be able to fit your chunky sweaters underneath).
3 colors available
Consider your style a too edgy for a classic trench? This leather version is calling your name. Imagine it paired with a mini dress and pair of knee-high boots. *Swoon*
This is going to be the year of the Classic Black Coat, and this one fits the bill to a T. With a tie-waist belt and knee-skimming hem, it’s effortless, classic, and worthy of being your new go-to outerwear.
5 colors available