It’s no secret that the trench coat is a classic; its reputation precedes it.

Originally created for practical reasons even before World War I and a necessity during the war, the trench coat has surpassed its original uses to become a key wardrobe staple.

This coat is perfect for damp days but can last all winter with a nice chunky knit underneath. Plus, the trench has timeless style, and investing in a quality coat means wearing it for years.

From Marilyn Monroe in her classic beige trench to Victoria Beckham in her modern leather version, trenches have been the coat of choice for iconic women for decades.

Here are a few ideas to get you started in your classic trench search:


Burberry Kensington Trench — You can’t go wrong with this classic, which comes in short, mid-length and long. With its buckle-style belt usually tied, this classic conjures up images of Hollywood film noir and is a staple that has never gone out of style.

Rejina Pyo Romy — This cotton-blend twill trench coat adds a large Peter Pan collar and wide sleeves to the classic, adding just a touch of whimsy and style but still keeping it traditional.

Signature styles

Sandro Pleated Trench — This version keeps the silhouette wider and comfier, adding rows of pleating to create a young, new classic.

Mugler Cut-out Gabardine Trench — Thierry Mugler adds his imaginative touch by cutting out the sides of this classic and adding a belt. The effect is sexy and fashion forward.


Frame Leather Trench — Find a trench similar to Victoria Beckham’s go-to at Nieman Marcus. This long version comes in buttery soft leather and promises to give you that Matrix feel.

The Row Au belted leather trench — A deliberately oversized trench in soft leather, this coat wraps around like a hug and is belted for a soft easy look for any season.