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12 best trench coats to wear, whatever the weather

Princess Kate and Meghan Markle often tote a trench coat, and we love them too with these high street trench coats

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Carla Challis
Commerce Partnerships Editor
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Spring fashion isn't spring fashion without a trench coat. It's one of the most classic, timeless fashion pieces your wardrobe can have, and can be worn whatever the weather, come rain or shine. Weather aside, it works for all occasions too, from smart events to street style. And if you haven't got a trench coat yet, it's time to jump on the trench love-in.

It's a royal go-to too, with Princess Kate, Meghan Markle and even Queen Camilla, who have all banked more than a few incredible trench coat fashion moments. And during the recent Copenhagen Fashion Week, trench coats came in all shapes, sizes and materials, from the standard beige to leather trench coats, cropped trench coats and denim trench coats, to name a few.

Best trench coats - at a glance

Trust me when I say high street's best trench coats for women are going to be your BFF every season, acting as the cover-up of the moment, whatever you're doing. Here at HELLO!, the team love them so much that they tracked down the trending New Look trench and Michelle Keegan's favourite too.

Royals wearing trench coats

The royals love a trench coat - and I mean love. Princess Kate's preferred style is a Burberry trench, which instantly adds an elegant finish to any look.

Royals wearing trench coats
Meghan Markle, Princess Kate and Queen Camilla wearing trench coats

Meghan Markle's also a Burberry fan (particularly a silk trench coat) and Queen Camilla's £630 Bristol trench by Camilla and Marc has been spotted on the royal on numerous outings.

How I chose the best trench coats to shop

  • Design: Traditionally, trench coats are made from heavy-duty, waterproof material but as needs and trends change, they're now made in a range of fabrics and I've only listed coats that look, in essence, like a trench coat. They might not all be waterproof, but stylish they are.
  • Colour: Yep, there's the traditional beige/neutral colourways but don't dismiss other shades, like blue, green, red and pink. You'll find a variety below.
  • Style: If you thought a trench coat was only double-breasted, think again. The high street is full of trench coats, both double and single, and I've included both styles to suit your preference.
  • Price: Designer trench coats can retail for upwards of £3,000 - to include all budgets, you'll find a range of price points in this selection so you can spend a little or spend a lot.
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    New Look Trench Coat

    New Look Trench Coat

    Best high street trench coat

    Sizes: 6-22

    Colours: Beige, khaki, black and olive

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "New Look's trench coats can't be beaten on price or style, and this classic belted style is a surefire winner. Coming in under £50, it has all the markings of a timeless piece - the belt, the double-breasted fastening and the stormflaps."

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    Marks & Spencer Black Trench Coat

    m&s trench coat

    Best black trench coat

    Sizes: 6-24

    Colours: Black and beige

    Delivery: Free on orders over £50

    Returns: Free within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "Trust M&S to produce this absolute classic trench coat, in black, a much punchier shade than camel. Featuring a double-breasted front and double lining, it's a great one to buy and repeat wear throughout the seasons."

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    Burberry Trench Coat

    Burberry Chelsea Trench Coat

    Best designer trench coat

    Sizes: 4-16

    Colours: Beige, neutral

    Delivery: From £15

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "If you're looking for the trench coat of the royals, there's only one label to go for - Burberry, the creators of the original fashion trench and the luxe label loved by Princess Kate, Meghan Markle and more."

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    ASOS Cropped Trench Coat

    ASOS Cropped Trench Coat

    Best cropped trench coat

    Sizes: 4-18

    Colours: Stone, beige, charcoal and black

    Delivery: Free on orders over £40

    Returns: Free within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "If a shorter, springier trench coat is your bag, we love ASOS' cropped trench coat for pairing with high-waisted jeans. Everyone on socials is wearing one, and I'm going to have to give this one a go."

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    Karen Millen Leather Trench Coat

    Karen Millen leather trench coat

    Best leather trench coat

    Sizes: 6-16

    Colours: Black and mulberry

    Delivery: £4.99 per order for standard delivery

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase at a cost of £2

    Editor's note: "Adding something into the mix is this Karen Millen leather trench coat, in black. It has all the same design points as a traditional heavy-duty trench, but created with 100% leather, with belt, double-breast and stormflaps."

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    Mango Trench Coat

    Mango trench coat

    Best beige trench coat

    Sizes: XXS-4XL

    Colours: Stone, beige, charcoal and black

    Delivery: Free on orders over £30

    Returns: Free within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "You can't beat Mango's double-breasted trench coat. Available in a variety of sizes, it's created from cotton fabric with flap detailing and a tie waist. I love that it's a classic fit."

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    John Lewis Khaki Trench Coat

    john lewis trench coat

    Best khaki trench coat

    Sizes: XS-XL

    Colours: Khaki green and stone

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase 

    Editor's note: "I love the khaki green of this John Lewis trench coat, for something non-beige but muted. The relaxed shape gives a contemporary feel."

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    River Island Wool Trench Coat

    River Island Trench Coat

    Best wool trench coat

    Sizes: 6-18

    Colours: Grey

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase 

    Editor's note: "With unpredictable UK weather, a wool trench coat is a cosier alternative to the classic cotton-blend. Switch your peacoat for a trench design, it's a cooler look if you ask me."

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    Aligne Denim Trench Coat

    Aligne Denim Trench Coat

    Best denim trench coat

    Sizes: 6-22

    Colours: Mid-wash denim

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £100

    Returns: Within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's notes: "I'm a big fan of Aligne, and it's incredible pieces, especially their denim offerings (yes, I have the Gabriella Midi Denim Dress and yes, I still love it). 

    "This denim trench coat really does look stylish as anything, with its dark wash and flattering silhouette."

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    Boohoo Hooded Trench Coat

    Boohoo trench coat

    Best hooded trench coat

    Sizes: 4-18

    Colours: Stone

    Delivery: £3.99 for standard delivery 

    Returns: Free within 28 days of purchase 

    Editor's note: "This Boohoo trench has an additional hood, which I absolutely love for bridging casualwear with a smarter shape. Would look equally as stylish with joggers and a sweatshirt as it would wide leg trousers."

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    Jigsaw Trench Coat

    Jigsaw Trench Coat

    Best navy trench coat

    Sizes: XS-L

    Colours: Navy and beige

    Delivery: Free click and collect, or £4.50 for standard delivery

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase 

    Editor's note: "I absolutely adore the navy hue of Jigsaw's trench coat. It's a softer alternative to black, and has a slouchy shape that adds to the cool aesthetic."

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    Mint Velvet Oversized Trench Coat

    Mint Velvet Trench Coat

    Best oversized trench coat

    Sizes: XS-XL

    Colours: Beige, khaki

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £100

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's notes: "Oversized and masculine, Mint Velvet's trench coat looks classic but has the cool-edge of being unstructured. Mint Velvet is always applauded for its quality, and this looks like a coat to buy now and wear forever."

How to style a trench coat, now

It's the best jacket for throwing on over jeans, dresses, workwear, partywear, loungewear… you name it, a trench goes. Don't worry if you're not so keen on a traditional trench coat in camel – they look equally as cool in black, navy and pink too while leather and denim finishes are having a moment.

Trench coats street style
Spring is the perfect time to sport a trench

Not sure whether to go single breasted or double? In theory, a single breasted trench coat has a more slim, modern and streamlined look while a double breasted trench is a classic fit that suits all figures, and has a more formal look. Right now, wearing a trench coat in a more casual setting, topped off with a baseball cap, is what's all over Insta.

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