Whether you're dressed up or down, the classic trench is always the right coat to top off your fall or winter look.
And with this season's selection of styles, fabrics and weights, it's possible to build a new coat wardrobe full of 'em.
Still think Columbo when you think trench coat? Look for trenches in bold colors, with feminine details and eye-catching prints that will guarantee your style won't go incognito.
Made from a wool and cashmere blend, this heavy but luxe Ted Baker trench coat features an oversize collar that can be worn open or buttoned up for extra warmth. Ted Baker Volin long wool coat in beige, $495, Malouf's.
Leopard print is an exciting way to spice up your outerwear as the temperature begins to drop. Whether you pair it with heels or knee-high boots, a leopard-print trench, such as this lighter-weight, double-breasted one from Talbots, makes for the purr-fect cold-weather look. Trench in Black-Warped Leopard, $199, Talbots.
With shirred shoulders and princess seams, this short, double-breasted coat from Jennifer Lopez's new line for Kohl's is feminine and fun. Comes in "Jennifer Pink" or "Tuffet." Jennifer Lopez shirred trench coat, $100, Kohl's.
Say goodbye to boring khaki and hello to a bold trench color, like this green. This sophisticated wool coat features front pockets and button closures. Noble Trench, $448, Anthropologie.
Tweed all about it
Featuring gold metal toggles, an oversize collar and leather trim, this tweed trench is the perfect example of a classic silhouette paired with modern details. In the words of Rachel Zoe herself, "I die." Rachel Zoe Gretta wrap-collar tweed coat, $575, Malouf's.
For those days when it's just cool enough for a jacket, a light trench is a great way to cover up. Paired with a sweater dress and tights or a turtleneck and dress pants, this chiffon confection brings life to even the dreariest cool-weather outfit. Xenia G. hooded bronze chiffon trench with ribbon, $461.28, FIG Designers.