There’s a certain satisfaction to be had in the feel of lightweight, waterproof cotton on your arms, after months of offering up your bare skin to the elements. No, just me? Maybe that’s because, this time last year, I invested in my first ever trench coat. I’m not sure why I was so late to the party, but what a party it is – mine is long, belted and it even has a hood. It’s from M&S and I’m not sure I own anything else that’s had quite so many compliments. That, my friends, is a true story.
Interestingly, M&S is one of the brands that shopping app LIKEtoKNOW.it has named as one of the top-selling retailers when it comes to trench coats. Along with Topshop and ASOS, these are the trench-coat purveyors selling the most, largely through Instagram. Helpfully, the October weather forecast is still hovering anywhere between 10°C and 21°C, suggesting it’s not quite cold enough for bundling up in the woolly winter number you’ve got on the back burner. A trench, then, is ideal. It's still fairly weather-proof, but light enough to layer over jumpers or, indeed, T-shirts, for those days when the temperature is hovering more towards 19°C than nine. Here, then, are seven of the best trench coats on the high street right now.
The hooded trench
The checked trench
The chambray trench
The colourful trench
The printed trench
The classic with a twist trench
The short trench