STYLE - APR 14, 2022

Find Your Best Women's Trench Coat: Plus 15 Outfit Ideas to Try

By Gemma Prior

Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Ranking with jeans as one of the most versatile, practical, and timeless pieces in any wardrobe, the women’s trench coat is a staple when styling outfits for almost every situation, in any season. 

A capsule wardrobe centrepiece. 

Although the
idea originated nearly 100 years before World War 1, as the name suggests the trench coat became well-known as an essential during this war for men who spent the majority of their time mired in muddy trenches.

It was Thomas Burberry, the man who established the iconic brand we know today, who submitted a design for an Army officer's raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901.

It was known as the trench coat.

Now, over a century later the trench coat has taken a very different, peaceful and privileged course, and has become a staple in so many of our wardrobes. A fashion icon. 

They’re capsule wardrobe essentials you can wear for nearly any occasion, whether it’s with basics like jeans and a t-shirt, or, for a more elegant look, over a dress when heading out for dinner or drinks. 

You can even grab it to lift your sweats when racing out to grab some groceries or pick up the kids, and then you can turn around and pair it with a classic tailored pant and heels for work. 

The options are endless making it extra rewarding for a capsule wardrobe.

Keep reading to see 15 ideas for trench coat outfits you can use in every season, plus 16 of the best women’s trench coats available now, all both timeless and on-trend.

15 outfits you can create with your trench coat

Due to their versatility as capsule wardrobe essentials, your trench coat can be used to style outfits for almost every season and occasion. 

Whether you use your trench for layering with a chunky knit, oversized blazer and scarf on cold days, or in warmer months with light basics and sandals, there are endless options.

See below for 15 ideas for the best women’s outfits you can create with a trench coat, for any occasion. 

Formal Layers

Layering trench coat with blazer and shirtImage: Net-A-Porter

Trench with sneakers

Trench coat with sneakers and jeansImage: @Pernilleteisbaek

Trench Over a Dress or Skirt

Trench coat over a dress or skirtImage: Pinterest

With Some major heels!

Trench coat with heelsImage: Pinterest

casual layers

Casual layer style with trench coatImage:

Parisian Style

Shirt dress wi a coat for winterImage:

with boots & mini dress

Trench coat with boots and mini dressImage: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Casual Look dressed up with heels

Trench coat with jeans and heelsImage:

Trench with chunky sandals

Shirt dress wi a coat for winterImage:

Completely Casual

Trench coat with casual sweats and sneakers
Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Paired with activewear

Trench coat worn with activewear

Trench with shorts

Trench coat worn with shorts

With A slip dress

Trench coat worn with a slip dress

Neutral Colour Blocking

Neutral colour blocking with trench coat

Roll up your sleeves

Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Where to find 17 of the Best women's trench coats now

When spending money on a piece for your capsule wardrobe, it’s best to invest in something with longevity, although subtle playful details could still work. It’s also important to consider the quality of the piece you're buying. 

If it's poorly made in cheap fabric, signs of wear will likely show early on, which of course is not what you want and could end with
your piece becoming a potential landfill

Instead, saving and investing in a piece that’s well made and of quality fabric, is the best way to go. This means your trench will last for years, possibly decades, which is best for both your wallet and the planet. 

The classic colour of the trench coat is camel, while black and navy are also pieces with longevity. 

But there are other colours appearing as well such as white, dark green, and brown. 

Check out below for 17 of the best women’s trench coats to consider for your capsule wardrobe, to wear now and for years to come.

Mango Cotton Classic Trench Coat
mango Cotton Classic Trench coat $149.95 AUD, FROM mango

The true classic, this style of trench is what we all know best and is certainly a keeper. The colour is both easy to style and without any end date in terms of trends.

& Other Stories Double Breasted Trench Coat
& other stories trench coat $240 AUD, FROM & Other stories
LOCATION: EU & others

Featuring a double breasted silhouette, this piece is still a classic style but in a light blue check pattern for a simple variation. 

Sportscraft Audrey
sportscraft audrey trench coat $429.99 AUD, FROM the iconic
LOCATION: australia

With a cut and colour to represent the classic trench, it's still one you can wear with anything from a little black dress to sneakers and sweats. 

The Frankie Shop Rodebjer Gemma Trench Coat in Black
the frankie shop trench coat $609 AUD, FROM the frankie shop
LOCATION: Us & others

Made from 68% recycled nylon and produced using an eco-friendly water repellent treatment this piece features an oversized collar and drop shoulders in a relaxed silhouette.

& Other Stories Classic tr
& other stories classic trench coat $250 AUD, FROM & Other stories
LOCATION: europe

The classic style which will still be working for your wardrobe in years to come, this piece is a gorgeous simple style perfect for any occasion. 

Third Form New Order Trench Coat in Oat
third form trench coat $380 AUD, FROM third form
LOCATION: Australia

A contemporary addition to your wardrobe, this timeless piece is elevated by the oversized proportions giving it a striking look.

Hansen & Gretel Dempsey Trench Coat Almond
hansen & Gretel Dempsey trench coat $359 AUD, FROM fox & Dove
LOCATION: Australia

Dissh Fallon Off White Linen Blend Trench Coat
DISSH fallon Off white linen blend trench coat $199.99 AUD, FROM DISSH
LOCATION: Australia

Another tencel and linen blend piece, but in a lighter colour if you're after something that's a little different to the original trench coat look. 

Witchery Leather Trench Coat
witchery leather trench $799.95 AUD, FROM witchery
LOCATION: Australia

Appearing still in the classic style of the trench, but in an original fabric, this trench coat comes in leather sourced through Witchery's Leather Working Group, which is committed to sourcing ethical leather. 

Everlane Gathered Mac Trench Coat
everlane gathered drape trench coat $309 AUD, FROM everlane

Another trench with a subtle original style, showing gathered detail at the shoulders and a high back slit, but still the longevity that makes them so valuable. 

Arket Linen Cotton Trench Coat
arket linen cotton trench coat $369 AUD, FROM arket
LOCATION: europe

Cut in the original design for a regular fit, this is a double breasted trench coat featuring the classic details such as shoulder epaulettes and loose-hanging yoke at the back.

Dissh White Knot Front Shirt Dress
saba tia trench coat $449 AUD, FROM the iconic
LOCATION: Australia

Another classic style with some sleek modern updates, this version features a wide collar and doesn't show the button detail associated with the trench. 

Matt and Nat Ezra Vegan Trench Coat
matt & nat Vegan trench coat $320 AUD, FROM matt & nat

The classic double-breasted trench coat with cuff-belt detail, a lapel collar, and self-tie belt at the waist, this piece is cut to sit a little higher on the leg then many others.

G-Star Raw High Trench Coat in Raw Denim
g-star RAW high trench coat in raw denim $379 AUD, FROM g-star raw

Classic style in contemporary fabric, this sleek tailored trench is made from raw denim in a vintage dark blue shade. 

Arnsdorf Alessandra Trench Coat in Begi
arnsdorf alessandra trench coat $1250 AUD, FROM arnsdorf
LOCATION: australia

A brand dedicated to timeless sustainable and ethical fashion, this piece is a contemporary take on the classic style. Plus, it's made largely from recycled polyester! 

Toteme Signature Trench Coat
toteme signature trench coat $1140 AUD, FROM Incu
LOCATION: australia

As the name suggests this is another classic piece, although with subtle modern detail such as an extended double-breasted silhouette and an oversized fit.

Dissh White Knot Front Shirt Dress

burberry kensington trench coat $2908 AUD, FROM burberry

The ultimate original from the brand who claim to have invented this icon, Thomas Burberry submitted his design for an Army officer's raincoat to the UK War Office in 1901. It was known as the trench coat.

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