A wardrobe staple that every woman should own? The trench is one of the first items that will occur to most. It’s simple yet chic, everyday yet elegant – and it’s one of those items that works almost all year round. Wear over a cashmere knit and add a wool scarf in the winter, or throw on over a silk dress come summer evenings – it’s a must-have 365 days a year.

It’s an item that dresses up or down with the greatest of ease too – perfectly appropriate over jeans and a sweatshirt or paired with a cocktail frock and statement jewellery. Even better? It’s the coat that suits everyone. Belted to give a cinched-in waist and with a structured shoulder, the trench looks fantastic on all shapes and sizes. It’s equally chic if you’re 17 or 70 – so all the better to invest in a trench coat to last down the years. Think of the trench and style icons like Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot or Kate Moss come to mind. Yes, you just can’t go wrong with the trench.

With warmer temperatures on the way, we’re picked out our favourite trench coats to buy right now. Get spendy and invest in a classic Burberry or Aquascutum number, or choose something more contemporary. Prints, embroidery, luxe fabrics and interesting patterns add a modern edge to the traditional style of the trench, while pastel colours instantly brighten up any outfit and give things a pretty, feminine feel. From high street to high end, here’s the very best trench coats to add to your wardrobe ASAP…

Saint Laurent Classic Trench Coat

H&M Trench Coat

& Other Stories Trench Coat

Karl Lagerfeld Convertible Trench Coat

Missguided Long Sleeve Trench Coat

Soia & Kyo Trench Coat

J.Crew Trench Coat

Burberry Kensington Trench Coat

Reiss Longline Trench Coat

Maison di Prima Lavinia Coat

ASOS Mac with Oversized Styling

Sandro Double Breasted Gabardine Trench

Burberry Sandringham Trench Coat

Red Valentino Button Down Trench Coat

Miss Selfridge Tie Front Mac

River Island Oversized Trench Coat

Monrow Long Trench Coat

ASOS Skater Mac

Harris Wharf London Flared Jersey Trench

Michael Lo Sordo Relaxed Silk Trench

Claudi Pierlot Cotton Blend Trench

Jigsaw Navy Trench Coat

Aquascutum Lana Raincoat

The Row Gabardine Trench Coat

 

Sonya Rykiel Multi Gingham Wool Trench Coat

Tan RI Studio Embroidered Trench Coat

Topshop Embroidered Trench Coat

Missoni Single-Breasted Zigzag-Knit Trench Coat

Burberry Ruffle Trim Trench Coat

Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Trench Coat

J.Crew Collection Windowpane Trench Coat

Valentino Garden Print Trench Coat

Erdem Embroidered Trench Coat

Mango Striped Cotton Trench

Topshop Vinyl Trench Coat

The Finery Vinyl Trench Coat

Attico Dara Waist-Tie Trench

Prada Two-Tone Silk Faille Coat