11 best women's trench coats

From traditional tailoring to modern takes on a classic style, we try on-trend outerwear for spring

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Whether you’re after a classic trench or a 2015 take on the style, we’ve found  coats to suit all budgets. Here’s our edit. 

1. M&S Buttonsafe Tipped Belted Mac, £45, marksandspencer.com


This purse-friendly mac, available in six colours, is ideal for spring. M&S are keen on their trademark technologies and this one has “heat-fused” buttons. If you’re in-between sizes, go smaller.

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2. Phase Eight Tabatha Trench Coat, £120, phase-eight.com


Here’s a classic trench. Double-breasted with a belt and button tabs on the cuffs, it’s better tailored than a lot of pieces on the high street. Choose from pink, navy or beige.

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3. Hobbs Sophia Trench, £199, hobbs.co.uk


The belt and button detailing give it that distinctive trench shape, but the zips and clean lines make it look modern. The rich blue is a nice change from neutrals.

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4. Topshop Soft Bonded Trench Coat, £85, topshop.com


An elegant coat that looks more expensive than it is. It gives an over-sized silhouette that still flatters. The colour makes it perfect for between seasons.

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5. New Look Stone Draped Trench Coat, £39.99, newlook.com


New Look’s simple open-front beige trench is a good one for those warmer spring days. It’s good value and unlike some pricier pieces, you can put it in the washing machine if it gets grubby. 

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6. LK Bennett Evelina Trench Coat, £375, lkbennett.com


This coat will make you stand out from the pack. Double breasted with a wide belt and buckle in a dusty pink with a subtle sheen, it is the details which makes it special.

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7. Lands’ End Women’s Heritage Trench Coat, £100, landsend.co.uk


The navy combined with contrasting piping on this short trench gives this a slight nautical vibe. It’s more water resistant than most on the list.

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8. Helly Hansen W Welsey Trench, £150, hellyhansen.com


Helly Hansen is best known for its outdoor gear rather than its fashion pieces. This coat combines the two, but still retains a  distinctive trench style. Choose from five colours.

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9. Happy Rainy Days Winter Trench, £141.50, rainfrog.co.uk


If a plain trench leaves you cold, here is a compromise. This single-breasted one is well padded with a detachable hood and it comes in a variety of patterns, including this geometric-print one.

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10. Zara Cotton Trench Coat, £79.99, zara.com


Zara nails outerwear, and this double-breasted trench is another example. Coming to mid-thigh,  we found it a super flattering fit and true to size.

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11. Uterque Navy Nappa Leather Coat, £425, www.uterque.com


This almost didn’t make our round-up because we’re the price-tag is huge, but actually this limited edition coat in top-notch nappa leather is absolutely gorgeous. With a straight cut design and belt to cinch in at the waist, it’s built to last too.

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For a good wardrobe staple, we love Phase Eight’s Tabatha. For something more fashion-forward, go for Top Shop’s Soft Bonded Trench.

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