Trends are cool and all, but some of the most stylish women we know have cultivated their great taste in clothing not by trying out every new ephemeral style that pops up, but by relying on a few select pieces. Being style people ourselves, we like to keep an eye on what our fashion friends prefer each season, and one staple that’s here to stay is the trench coat. Take a stroll through Paris and New York anytime, two cities with arguably the best street style, and I guarantee you’ll see more than enough cool trench coat ensembles. After all, the lightweight jacket is a useful layering piece during transitional seasons like spring and fall.
Despite the always classic character of a camel trench, the basic piece is being reimagined in cool and creative ways, as seen all over the runways and on our favorite fashion girls. From larger silhouettes to leather versions, the trench coats on offer couldn’t be cooler. To discover the best trench coats you can buy now and wear forever, keep scrolling through our selection of 24 handpicked top picks and be inspired by street style looks from New York and Paris along the way.