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Timeless & Refined—Why This Coat Is a Foolproof Wardrobe Staple

15 classic trench coats you'll never want to retire.

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There are certain silhouettes that possess the ability to find themselves just as at home in a '50s noir film as they are on the streets of New York City circa 2021. For whatever reason, they are impervious to the erratic ebb and flow of the trend cycle. Case in point: the trench coat. Worn by everyone from Holly Golightly to Christine Centenera, the simple style's history serves as a testament to its capacity to serve as a foolproof closet staple.

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It's hard to think of trench coats without conflating the style with its origin story of the late 1800's—the British luxury fashion house of Burberry. And as you well know, they are still producing their classic iterations alongside newer stylized offerings with a refreshed design. Outside the legacy of this sartorial behemoth, the style was a hit amongst elevated brands like Hermès and Simone Rocha. This season's runways in particular championed not only the classic versions but modern riffs, as well—deconstructed silhouettes, eye-catching embellishments, contrasting materials—from designers such as Jonathan Anderson at Loewe.

Beyond the silhouette itself, the styling is subject to change depending on your desired outcome. Regardless of what's underneath, trench coats add a dose of refined glamour to your ensembles so they're the perfect contrasting accoutrement to leisurewear. If you're not into this Wardrobe NYC vibe, lean more towards the classic pairings like crew cut sweaters and straight leg denim. Regardless of how you plan on wearing yours, shop our edit below.

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Double-breasted Trench Coat

Lauren Ralph Lauren

Greta Trench


Tanner Trench Coat

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