I'm not someone who keeps things in my wardrobe that I don't wear. I suppose that's partly due to the size of my apartment, which doesn't exactly allow for excess. But it's also largely because of my dedication to only stock my closet with pieces I love and want to wear on repeat. And of all the items stored in there, the ones that arguably get the most attention are my trench coats. I have no shame in admitting that I play favorites.
In the winter, I wear them layered with hoodies and knitwear. In the spring and summer, I pair my lightweight versions with slip dresses or simple jeans-and-tee ensembles. I bring one with me on practically every trip, no matter the location, and struggle to not buy one whenever a new chic silhouette hits the market. I'm obsessed (clearly), and there's nothing you can say or do to convince me otherwise. As for what allows me to keep wearing them so frequently without tiring, I maintain an ever-refreshed mood board full of trench-coat outfit inspiration, and my latest one was too good not to share.
Scroll down to examine my 12 favorite trench-coat looks from Instagram, and shop your way to recreating each one.
I love the idea of keeping the outfit casual. Here's an oversize knit, black jeans, and a slouchy trench dressed up with statement heels. It really pulls the entire ensemble together in a laid-back, super cool way.
This Topshop mac is ideal for days when you want to hide whatever you're wearing underneath and let that top layer shine.
A great way to make an item you wear all the time feel fresh is to get one that's easily adjustable. This on-sale trench from LVIR has removable sleeves, so you can quickly transition it if the weather's warmer or you just want a different, less covered-up appearance.
When it comes to classic wardrobe items like trench coats, you'll never regret opting for one from J.Crew.
When you opt for a leather trench, you really get two items for the price of one: a trench coat and a dress. Because of the elevated nature of the fabric, when you button up and tightly tie a leather trench, it turns into a gorgeous, unexpected dress silhouette that only needs heels and a great purse to finish off.
I love this crinkled fabric for spring when heavy leather might be too much.
This Reformation x Veda trench is the perfect example of how a trench can transform into a dress at a moment's notice.
Trenches don't always have to be paired with neutrals. You can see just how chic they look when joined with a super-bright top and a classic pair of jeans in the photo above.
Simple and well-constructed. If you can swing the price, this trench will last you decades.
Personally, a single-breasted car coat like this is my favorite trench style. It's so sleek and chic.
Toteme makes closet staples that last. My next investment? This double-breasted trench.
If you're looking for an entirely unexpected trench, look no further than this cognac suede option Pernille Teisbaek is wearing.
I just love an Outnet find so much.
Screw blazers, my favorite way to top any jeans-and-tank look is and will always be a trench coat.
If you're only going to pack one piece of outerwear for an upcoming trip, make it a simple trench like this one. It works with everything, has tons of pockets, and as a bonus, will protect you from unexpected weather.
Wardrobe.NYC makes the absolute chicest basics. This coat is pricey, yes, but worth it in my mind if you can swing it.
If it's oversize, long, and looks like a trench coat, I bet it's either in my cart or en route to my door.
The contrast stitching on this Zara trench makes it feel so elevated and chic.
When I asked my coworker Jasmine for trench recommendations, she said she swears by ones from COS. And if there's anyone I trust with a fashion rec, it's her.
When you need a trench to dress up a low-key outfit, it does it. The same goes for when you need it to dress down an ensemble, as pictured here.
French label A.P.C. is a tried-and-true favorite for classic silhouettes.
Throw on a long trench with Mary-Jane flats, grab a bag for all your necessities, and walk out the door knowing you look chic. It's an unbeatable combination.
Being able to detach items from a garment adds so much value.
For instant edge, top off your outfit with a leather trench. I swear, it's the only step you need to take to look like a total badass.
Pair this with trousers and a T-shirt for an easy, office-appropriate look no matter the season.
And with that, you can officially consider the black trench coat to be French girl approved.
A nylon trench feels like air when on, which is perfect since summer is just around the corner.