20 Best Trench Coats That Are Practical and Polished

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When it comes to classic outerwear pieces, nothing is as iconic as the trench coat. A fixture throughout fashion history, what first launched as military garb during the late 1800s, soon emerged as a stylish staple, worn by celebrities of the Hollywood Golden Era, and since becoming a regular fixture on fashion runways, with street style enthusiasts, and a permanent item in many brand’s year-round offerings. Nowadays, the best trench coats are hard-working, wardrobe power players that no closet is complete without.

When choosing your trench coat, careful consideration should be paid. True to its origins, the best trench coats should offer protection from the elements, while adding a bit of flair to your outerwear game. With the help of three fashion experts, all of whom are bonafide lovers of the traditional overcoat, we scoured the market to find the best ones available now. Below, you will find the 20 best trench coat styles out there — from the truest of classic cuts to modern-day silhouettes that will keep you forever stylish.

Best Overall: Banana Republic Oversized Trench Coat

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What We Love: The fabric is water-resistant.

What We Don’t Love: It does not come in plus sizes.

This oversized option from Banana Republic is as classic as it comes, with a slightly oversized fit, perfect for layering. “I absolutely love how structured this trench is,” content creator Bonnie Barton says. “It's the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe and I love that it’s water resistant for [the ‘April Showers’ period].” The double-breasted design has a belted sash that is removable, which Barton loves to cinch at the waistline. The epaulets and boxy shoulder pads add more volume to the oversized fit while providing a contrasting look to the silhouette.

Available in both classic khaki and a thyme green shade, think of this as your go-to, everyday option to pair with everything from classic black work pants and knitwear to jeans and T-shirts on the weekend. Petite frames will rejoice as well, as this coat comes in both regular and petite sizing. Just be sure to size down if you prefer a less oversized fit. It tends to run true to size.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XXS–XL | Colors: 2

Best Affordable: London Fog Women's Double-Breasted Trench Coat

$104 at Amazon.com

What We Love: The coat is machine-washable.

What We Don’t Love: This design has no hood.

Celebrity and editorial stylist Joiee Thorpe always considers price and value as important factors when choosing the best trench coat. “London Fog is a reputable brand known for its quality and design,” she says. “The price offers good value for the money.” She also calls out the coat’s prominent design details as major talking points. “Classic details like shoulder epaulets and the double-breasted fit give it a timeless elegance,” she adds. The lightweight material is extremely easy to layer and feels substantial for the price point, while also being water-resistant. Hitting below the knee, this 3/4 length option is belted with a matching sash and comes in sizes up to 3X.

Whether you choose the stone or black colorway, either hue can be mixed and matched with wardrobe essentials such as button-downs, trousers, jeans, and more. Keep styling classic and simple, to speak to the easy elegance of this piece.

Material: Polyester | Size: XXS–3X | Colors: 2

Best Short: Sam Edelman Buckle Belt Trench Coat

$180 at Nordstrom.com

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What We Love: The coat is fully lined.

What We Don’t Love: There are no sizes above an XL.

If you are looking for a shorter option, both Barton and content creator Daniela Ramirez recommend this Sam Edelman buckled trench. The single, button-front closure features oversized, contrasting buttons — a call-out detail for Barton. Belted cuffs and a matching sash belt round out the simple design elements. The silhouette is more tailored, so those who prefer an oversized fit should consider other options.

Although this coat comes in five different colorways, both experts suggest the blush pink colorway, as a welcome alternative to classic khaki. “The blush option is versatile while showing off a girly personal style that can transition perfectly from fall to spring,” Ramirez says. When it comes to styling, Barton suggests leaning into the spring hue and going for a monochrome look. “I would pair the pink one with a fun and bright spring dress, or a pink dress for a monotone look,” she says.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XXS–XL | Colors: 5

Best Color: Mango Angela Belted Trench Coat

$160 at Nordstrom.com

What We Love: The price point is affordable.

What We Don’t Love: It does not come in plus sizes.

“Sometimes you just want easy breezy,” Thorpe tells InStyle. “This traditional style can be worn with anything.” The cut is free of lots of bells and whistles and features a straightforward design consisting of epaulets, a storm flap, and a belted waistline. Ramirez also favors Mango as a great resource for trench coats, based on the brand’s great price point and quality. “For me, it is very important to shop smart and wear your pieces throughout the seasons and years,” she says. This timeless style can do just that.

However, the unique, sage colorway is what drew Thorpe to this style. It can still be styled with practically everything but offers a refreshing alternative to a sand-colored khaki. She highlights the no-fuss washability, as well, since this is made from partial cotton fabrication, allowing for hand washing and air drying — no dry cleaning required.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XS–XL | Colors: 1

Best Soft: Reformation Kensington Trench

$368 at Thereformation.com

What We Love: The shape is classic and fluid.

What We Don’t Love: The fabric is not treated to be water-resistant.

“This double-breasted trench is made from lightweight, 100 percent Tencel fabric and is absolutely stunning and classic,” Barton says. Tencel is an eco-friendly fiber that is derived from controlled or certified-sourced, natural, raw material wood. Since the result is lighter weight, the material is closer to a woven, suiting fabric, creating a more fluid silhouette, rather than being stiff and structured. Side pockets, a double-breasted front seamline, and a soft sash complete the minimal design attributes.

The coat comes in two shades of beige — a traditional khaki and a softer, oyster colorway. The neutral colorways allow for this coat to be interchanged with your whole wardrobe. “I think this trench would look so lovely with a pair of wide-leg pants or trousers,” Barton recommends. “[It’s] perfect for the in-between spring weather.”

Material: Tencel lyocell | Size: XS–XL | Colors: 2

Best Long: Everlane The Cotton Long Trench Coat

$298 at Everlane.com

What We Love: The coat is made from cotton.

What We Don’t Love: Customers say it runs large.

Looking for something with a longer length? Whether you’re on the taller side or just prefer a longer hemline, Everlane’s long, cotton trench coat is a great pick. Designed with a timeless fit, the double-breasted shape has raglan sleeves that give off a slouchier, relaxed vibe. Classic epaulets, a vented back and storm flap, plus pockets, give this coat plenty of authentic, heritage detailing you’d want from a modern style. The fabric is both water-resistant and water-repellent and was put to the test by one customer, who ensures that it will withstand a downpour.

The straightforward design can be styled with pretty much everything. We envision a striped shirtdress underneath with ballet flats and a roomy tote bag for a chic office look. For travel, try throwing this coat over a matching sweatsuit and retro sneakers, for a comfortable but secretly pulled-together approach.

Material: Cotton | Size: XXS–XL | Colors: 2

Best for Travel: Soia & Kyo Ultra-Light Water-Repellent Packable Trench Coat

See at Neimanmarcus.com

What We Love: The waist is adjustable.

What We Don’t Love: There is no hood.

“There's nothing more appealing than a packable coat,” Thorpe says. “This sporty, ultra-lightweight trench can easily travel anywhere.” Whether you’re on-the-go or a small carry-on bag is all you can take on the plane, you’ll be happy to have a thinner, outerwear option in the mix that won’t take up space. The design is different from the other shapes on our list since it has an athletic nod — emphasized by the metal zip front and adjustable drawcord waist.

When packing for a trip of any length, versatility is key. “You can dress this up or down, which is practical while on vacation or work trips,” Thorpe notes. Since this coat is plain black, it can be a true power player. Layer over a sweater or sweatshirt and jeans on the weekend, your favorite workout set on the way to the gym, or stash in your laptop bag for any signs of inclement weather on the horizon (it’s waterproof!) during a long work commute.

Material: Polyester | Size: XXS–XL | Colors: 1

Best Double-Breasted: J.Crew Double Breasted Trench Coat

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What We Love: It can be machine-washed.

What We Don’t Love: Some petite reviewers mention the shoulder runs big.

There is nothing more traditional than a double-breasted trench coat, but J.Crew managed to find a way to modernize the classic silhouette, with a few updated design details. An exaggerated storm flap has both pointed tips in the front and back, adding a unique look to the overall shape. And for those that don’t know — a storm flap provides an extra layer of insulation to keep you extra dry. Since this coat is made from water-repellent, cotton canvas fabric, you actually will stay dry in the rain.

Standard features such as a removable tie waist and flap welt pockets further the menswear-inspired look. If you are looking for a twist, consider the topiary green color for a fresh take. It pairs perfectly with crisp, blue shirting and white denim, or a floral sundress and chunky boots for those cooler days full of spring showers.

Material: Cotton | Size: 00–24 | Colors: 2

Best Hooded: Barbour Hebrides Waterproof Jacket

$395 at Nordstrom.com

$360 at Bloomingdales.com

What We Love: This trench has a waterproof coating and is washable.

What We Don’t Love: There is only one colorway.

Barbour has been making quality, heritage outerwear since 1894, inspired by the English countryside where the company originated and remains to this day. Specializing in coated coats and jackets, you can rest knowing that each garment has been put to the test and truly will hold up in the elements. The Hebrides trench coat is a favorite of ours, thanks to this miraculous coating that withstands rain, wind, and snow.

The single-breasted design boasts a zip front closure, making it easier to take on and off, with the buttons being mainly for decoration. Our favorite part is the removable hood, which when no hat or umbrella is available, is a true lifesaver. We also love the signature, plaid lining within, giving it an extra special detail. Dressed up or down, this is one that was made to last and won’t wear out after a season.

Material: Cotton, polyamide | Size: 2–14; 1X–3X | Colors: 1

Best Water-Resistant: Lauren Ralph Lauren Water Resistant Belted Single Breasted Trench Coat

$240 at Nordstrom.com

What We Love: This coat is available in two colors.

What We Don’t Love: It is made only partially with cotton, not fully.

If you prefer the buttoned-up nature of a single-breasted trench, this Lauren Ralph Lauren option has one expert’s stamp of approval. “Talk about a super sophisticated trench,” says Barton. “I love that this piece is water-resistant and comes with a fun, marble-accented belt and buttons.” Other notable features include a pointed collar, self-tie waist, and that it is lined for comfort and long-lasting quality. The fabric has more structure, and the silhouette hits right below the knees for ample coverage.

When it comes to styling, the sky's the limit — it really is that versatile. “Since this one is single-breasted, I'd pair [it] with a statement sweater and simple pair of jeans and sneakers,” Barton suggests. However, we imagine pairing this with work-appropriate suits and dresses, too.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XS–XL | Colors: 2

Best Mid-Weight: Kule The Rox Trench

See at Kule.com

$498 at Shopbop.com

What We Love: The brand’s signature, striped details are featured on the belt and cuffs.

What We Don’t Love: This style is unlined.

You might know Kule for its assortment of iconic, striped T-shirts, but the Rox trench coat should not be overlooked. Made from a non-stretch, crisp gabardine fabric that is ultra-durable, as well as water-resistant. The slightly oversized look has a looser cut in the shoulder area and body, making layering all the easier. “This trench is both stylish and functional,” Thorpe says. “The signature, striped belt is a cute accent that fits a casual, laid-back vibe.” We agree, the bonus striped elements set this one apart.

When it comes to styling, you can naturally go the Parisian way and pair this trench with a striped tee or button-up shirt, jeans, and ballet flats. Or we recommend layering over something with a mini length, like a tailored short set or skirt, to show off a little leg and a cute rain boot or colorful sock and sneaker combo.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XS–XL | Colors: 1

Best Single-Breasted: Anine Bing Randy Trench

$550 at Revolve.com

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What We Love: It has a cool, roomy fit that is perfectly oversized.

What We Don’t Love: It is dry clean only for care.

Los Angeles-based Anine Bing specializes in wardrobe basics with a minimalist aesthetic, allowing them to be worn season after season. The Randy trench has a perfectly oversized fit, giving off a cool, effortless feel that would feel right at home anywhere from a gritty, downtown New York street to a Parisian boulevard. The lightweight, twill fabric is water-resistant, too, so protection from the elements has not gone unnoticed. Gold buttons give this single-breasted option some fashionable flair, and of course, the front pockets are not just for show.

Play up the posh vibes with crisp shirting, straight-leg jeans, and a capped-toe shoe for an elevated twist, or go for a sporty vibe with sweaters, trainers, and a ball cap — the very Los Angeles way of styling this chic trench coat.

Material: Cotton, elastane | Size: XS–L | Colors: 1

Best Black: LONDON FOG Women's Single Breasted Long Trench Coat with Epaulettes and Belt

$130 at Amazon.com

What We Love: The quality of the fabric is outstanding for the price.

What We Don’t Love: Reviewers mention that the material may wrinkle easily.

Our experts couldn’t get enough of styles from London Fog. Ramirez suggests this single-breasted option in black, for an alternative in color to a traditional khaki. “The black option is just as classic as the tan ones,” she says, and we couldn’t agree more. This cotton and polyester blend coat has a single-breasted cut with contrast horn buttons. Epaulettes, a sash belt, front welt pockets, and belted cuffs round out the traditional design features. The coat is fully lined and the fabric has also been tested to be water-resistant.

The length of this coat is on the longer side at 49 inches, making it ideal for those with height. “If you are on the taller side, this one is perfect for you,” Ramirez says. Even if you’re not tall, this coat provides full coverage from any unwanted showers damaging your look or an unwarranted puddle splash.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: S–XL | Colors: 2

Best Leather: Theo the Label Circe Vegan Leather Contrast Coat

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What We Love: The black and white contrast look.

What We Don’t Love: It doesn’t come in sizes above a large.

Not all trench coats have to be made from cotton. A style that comes in leather (this one is vegan) is a wardrobe necessity, for those living in colder climates or faced with chillier days of spring and fall. “I’m obsessed with this trench strictly for its style factor,” Thorpe says. “It’s bold and very sophisticated.” The graphic, black and white color combination is unique and will be sure to make a statement wherever you wear it. “The unique contrast details are great and it’s vegan leather, which is a plus,” she adds. “This is a fashion-worthy investment piece.”

Keep things monochrome when it comes to styling, by wearing this coat over a flowy, wide-leg pant and silky blouse, for a polished look inspired by ’70s glamor. When a little more warmth is needed, a chunky, cashmere turtleneck, jeans, and leather ankle boots work just as well.

Material: Polyester, viscose, elastane | Size: XS–L | Colors: 1

Best Designer: Burberry Kensington Cotton Trench Coat

$2590 at Nordstrom.com

See at Us.burberry.com

What We Love: The lasting legacy of the brand and its high-quality product.

What We Don’t Love: Must be specialist dry cleaned only.

The trench coat shape was first developed for military use over 100 years ago by none other than Thomas Burberry, the legendary founder of the Burberry brand. Today it’s an iconic fashion piece that has expanded far beyond uniform dressing. Investing in a Burberry trench means investing in the original. The quality is unmatched, featuring the best materials and draping. Crafted by specialist tailors who take years to master the stitch work on this garment, this worthy investment is produced with extreme care and detail in England.

The Kensington comes in three length options including short, mid-length, and long, so you can find your perfect match. It’s made from water-resistant cotton gabardine, and lined in, of course, the brand’s signature plaid fabric that dates back to the 1920s, for unparalleled fashion appeal. A throat latch and hook-and-eye collar closure ensure your neckline is also protected for warmth, and are just a few of the tiny details that make this garment so special.

Material: Cotton | Size: 0–16 | Colors: 3

Best Lightweight: Sam Edelman Contrast Trench Coat

$200 at Nordstrom.com

What We Love: The belt is long, allowing many styling possibilities.

What We Don’t Love: According to reviewers, petites might need to shorten the sleeves.

Depending on the climate you live in and the time of year, sometimes all you need is a light jacket. Sam Edelman’s contrast trench is the ideal option for a light layer throughout the year. Featuring a few tweaks that make it stand out, Barton is a fan of this coat. “This trench has a super fun twist to the classic, with corduroy peeking out of the lapels and belt,” says Barton. “I love that this trench comes in khaki, white, and navy, if you're looking for some variety,”

Since the design is so classic, it’s very easy to style accordingly. “This cotton-blend trench would look so cute with a pair of trousers, a simple blouse, and your favorite sneaker,” Barton suggests. Feel free to dress it up as well for a work meeting by adding a heel or fancy flat, or travel with it the next time you need a light layer. It’s very easy to pack flat.

Material: Cotton, polyester | Size: XXS–XXL | Colors: 3

Best Plus-Size: The Drop Women's Noa

$80 at Amazon.com

What We Love: It comes in a full size range.

What We Don’t Love: This coat runs big, according to many reviewers.

Amazon’s The Drop trench coat is made from a lightweight fabrication and is the ideal option for those transitional days between seasons when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. Problematic days where the temperatures are chilly in the mornings and evenings but hot in the afternoon, are no match for this cotton and nylon-blended material that has a looser fit allowing it to be layered or worn alone.

This minimalist style hits at a medium length, right below the knee, and is a great basic to have on repeat in your wardrobe. The best part is that this trench comes in five colorways, including black, gray, and brown, and a full size range from XXS to 5X. Pair with a turtleneck, trousers, and Chelsea boots when it’s colder, and then a T-shirt and mini skirt when warmer temperatures hit.

Material: Cotton, nylon | Size: XXS–5X | Colors: 6

Best Sustainable: Sezane Scott Trench Coat

See at Sezane.com

What We Love: It is made from organic cotton.

What We Don’t Love: The brand recommends sizing down if you are between sizes, so there might be some trial and error for fit.

Sézane is a woman-founded, Parisian brand that specializes in basics inspired by the joie de vivre lifestyle. The brand is also a Certified B corporation, so sustainable materials and practices are at the core. The Scott trench coat is made from GOTS-certified, organic cotton and in workshops that are audited and in compliance with many eco-forward standards.

Not only is it an eco-friendly style, it is also incredibly chic. The water-repellent fabric drapes effortlessly on the form and features raglan sleeves, a double-breasted front, and military-inspired, buttoned tabs at the shoulder and cuff. The tie-waist belt is removable, so you can play with different styling techniques. Layer yours over a Canadian tuxedo-inspired denim jacket and jeans for a cool, undone look, or pair it with a floral dress for the ultimate vernal vibes.

Material: Organic cotton | Size: 0–16 | Colors: 2

Best Fashion-Forward: Sandro Paris Pleated Trench Coat With Belt

See at Us.sandro-paris.com

What We Love: The fabric is made partially with recycled materials.

What We Don’t Love: The pleating might wrinkle easily.

Sandro often experiments with fashionable twists to classic garments. Its spin on the traditional trench coat features beautiful, accordion pleating covering the majority of the garment, giving it a uniquely voluminous body and some fashion-forward edge. The rounded storm flaps offer another striking design detail that is also useful in warding off the elements and the fabric for this coat is made with partially recycled polyester and organic resin buttons, so there is an element of sustainability to this garment, as well.

This one can be truly dressed up since it has a fancier feel, so your favorite dresses, skirts, and other less casual items have a solid match for work, events, and important meetings. However, don’t let that stop you from wearing it casually, either. It transitions to the weekend seamlessly when worn with a simple top and jeans or even a workout set on your way to your next gym class.

Material: Polyester | Size: XS–XL | Colors: 1

Best Classic: Polo Ralph Lauren Double-Breasted Twill Trench Coat

$798 at Nordstrom.com

See at Ralphlauren.com

What We Love: The sturdy, cotton twill fabrication.

What We Don’t Love: It does not come in extended sizing.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more classic option than this double-breasted trench from Polo Ralph Lauren. The high-quality, cotton twill fabric is lightweight yet sturdy. The epaulets, storm flaps, and sleeve cuffs are all trimmed with horn-effect buttons, featuring a subtle logo engraved into the design. The waist belt has a buckle closure, rather than being a free-flowing sash, adding another military-inspired finish that adds polish to the overall design and cinches the waistline.

We love the idea of this trench styled true to the heritage, Ralph Lauren look. Mix and match American sportswear pieces such as a crisp, striped button down underneath this trench and wear with easy, draped trousers, clean sneakers, and a baseball cap — to keep that fresh blowout protected during rainy days of the spring and fall.

Material: Cotton | Size: XXS–XXL | Colors: 1

What to Keep in Mind

  • Material: “A trench is typically known for being a raincoat, so you should look for durable and weather resistant fabrics, such as tightly woven cotton or gabardine, that will protect you when it’s windy and raining,” Thorpe recommends. Barton also suggests taking into consideration the material. “When shopping for trench coats, I'm always on the lookout for water-resistant material,” Barton says. “Especially during the spring, when the weather is constantly fluctuating. I love relying on a waterproof trench to keep me chic and dry.” Alternatively, if you live in a warmer climate, Ramirez recommends this as your go-to for winter. “I also take into consideration the fabric because I live in a warmer state and I want to use it for those amazing Miami winter days,” she says. “This means avoiding heavy linings and looking more for cotton linings for breathability.”

  • Fit: “Because I am petite, I pay a lot of attention to the length and fit,” Ramirez says. “You should wear the trench coat, the coat should not be wearing you.” Her personal preference is a hemline that hits mid-calf. “I also go for a bit of an oversized fit to take into consideration sweaters and layers,” she notes. Barton also recommends looking for something of the same length. “I love snagging a super classic, mid-calf length trench,” she says. “It looks so cute with a maxi or midi dress, or your favorite pair of denim.” Ultimately, be sure to leave room for a little trial and error while shopping, to find a trench coat that looks best on your body type.

  • Design: When it comes to selection, unanimously our experts recommend a classic approach. “You really can't go wrong with a khaki double-breasted trench,” Barton says. If you don’t have a trench already in your closet, invest in something traditional first. “It is such a classic piece that can last decades in your wardrobe, that I would stay away from any details that make it trendy,” Ramirez says. “For example, I would avoid any denim trench coats, a two-tone one, or maybe one with extremely oversized sleeves.” For Thorpe, the garment’s hue is a defining feature. “I consider trench coats a timeless garment, so color is important,” she says. “I would go for a solid color, rather than a print for versatility.”

Your Questions, Answered

What is the best color for a trench coat?

Ultimately, our experts encourage a classic khaki. “This color fits wonderfully with anything in your spring wardrobe,” Barton says. “However the occasional pop of color, like a blush pink, is always fun.” Ramirez also prefers something in camel tone, but encourages readers to “take your skin color and undertones into consideration.” As for Thorpe, a play on khaki is her pick. “Khaki is the more traditional color however, I am into army green because it is unexpected,” she says.​

How can you care for a trench coat?

“Always start by checking the care label inside, as it will depend on the fabric, the lining, and if it's safe to machine wash,” Ramirez encourages. “It's always best to spot clean when needed and to wash it 2–3 times per season.” Barton also stresses the importance of following the brand’s guidelines for washing. “Depending on the trench style, I would machine wash on cold, or dry clean,” she says. “I always handle it with extra care so that my piece lasts as long as possible.”

Thorpe’s top tips include reading the care labels; however, she notes that dry cleaning is always a top choice. “Store it in a closet avoiding any sunlight that might alter the color,” she adds. “If you tend to wear your trench out in rainy weather and not just for style, have it treated with water repellent and also air it out after each use to avoid mold and mildew.”

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Full-time freelance writer and fashion editor Kristina Rutkowski has been covering all things style, trend, and shopping for over 10 years. Living in New York City, she is often able to see and try out brands firsthand, directly through the designer showrooms, which has provided ample research opportunities for this story.

She also spoke to experts to discuss what to look for when selecting the best trench coats. They included celebrity and editorial fashion stylist Joiee Thorpe, content creator Daniela Ramirez, and content creator Bonnie Barton.

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