As the story goes, the trench coat was invented for the soldiers of WWI as a kind of weather-resistant replacement for the heavy wool jackets that were too bulky for the day's trench warfare. But this tale isn't entirely true: The trench coat, as we know it today, dates back to well before the war—almost 100 years before in fact. In the 1820s inventor Charles Macintosh created the very popular "Mackintosh" rainproof coat. Its rubberized cotton design was an instant hit, as it would keep its wearer totally dry from external elements. That said, internal elements, like sweat (and smell), were also trapped. So, in the 1850s, British tailor John Emary for Acquascutum and Thomas Burberry took it upon themselves to improve on "The Mack," creating lighter more breathable (read: less smelly) coats. By the time WWI came around both brands were well equipped to outfit military officers in khaki colored, lightweight, weatherproof coats. The rest, as they say, was history.
Trench coats are built to withstand weather, designed to walk the runways, and are beloved as a key fashion piece that have grown well beyond the classic beige-and-belted styles. The newest iterations are crafted in leather and vinyl with prints and ruffles that add refreshing new details. Whether you're investing in a trench for the function, the fashion, or both, there's one below that will have you feeling timeless. Our hearts are set on these modern iterations of that very same coat that has been through war and back and continues to come out ahead.
It goes without saying that the iconic Burberry trench is sure to 'weather well' and never go out of style. This trench is a timeless essential for any stylish women's wardrobe.
Check out this Tory Burch trench—the bandana print alone is enough to grab your attention. And with its tailored silhouette, it is the perfect girly update to your classic double breasted khaki trench.
Get yourself a trench that can do both! Your favorite leather jacket meets your favorite trench coat in this convertible investment piece. Add to your closet and make any outfit elevated or edgy depending on how you style it.
For a classic trench with a little extra oomph, this khaki outerwear coat has two-toned paneling. It gives the wearer that effortlessly layered look—without being bulky. You're practically getting two coats for the price of one!
Swap out your denim jacket for this cool denim trench. Go for an updated Canadian tuxedo by pairing it with your favorite jeans.
Trench coats don't have to be boring. This option gets a trendy update for fall thanks to its puffy sleeve and cinched-waist silhouette. It's one of the most stylish budget buys out there.
Upgrade your classic khaki trench with a two-tone version that will keep both work and weekend outfits pulled together.
Bold floral prints and a belted silhouette give this coat the illusion of a midi dress when worn alone. Pair with dark jeans and flats for a retro feel, or with this matching floral print skirt for a head-to-toe flower power look.
It's always a safe bet to invest in a classic trench. This J.Crew coat is an updated version of a previous 2011 bestseller. This outerwear has a higher waistline and a shorter hem, plus a luxe navy felt collar.
Alpaca wool is a win: warm, not prickly, and hypoallergenic. It's the perfect fabric for a luxe-feeling coat. The relaxed fit plus below-the-knee length ensure you feel snuggled during the transitional seasons.
Feminine yet polished, a pop of ruffle draws your attention to this unique trench coat. Make it work appropriate by pairing with a chiffon blouse and an A-line skirt. Easily transition the piece to weekend wear with cropped jeans and a mohair sweater.
This linen trench is lightweight, breathable, and versatile. You can toss it over just about any outfit, from a pantsuit set to a workout set and look instantly put together. The best part? This linen trench is machine washable. Just hang it up to air dry.