Certain styles will always be considered a must-have – straight leg jeans, white T-shirts, crew-neck sweaters, perfectly fitted blazers – but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Take the trench coat, for example: Created in the mid to late 1800s, this perfectly practical jacket has retained its sense of utilitarian consistency for centuries. But over the years, many designers have given it their own twist, rendering it in unexpected fabrics, playing with proportion or going wild with color and texture. This season is no exception: some of our favorites include a luxe leather version from Ralph Lauren, a quilted number from Avec Les Filles, and a convertible color block option from Burberry (the British house that can be held primarily responsible for of the mantle’s lasting appeal). If the idea of going for a standard beige gabardine sounds like a nap, but you still want something that looks like an heirloom, these contemporary trench coats will do the trick.
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