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With roots in military design, trench coats are a fine example of the longevity of considered design. While a lot has changed in the world of the trench over the years, from material possibilities to technical additions like detachable down liner layers, the basic design has remained near enough unchanged for over a century. And there’s a reason for it.

At its core, the trench coat is a highly functional top layer that protects against all conditions with a minimum of fuss, and that’s why, all this time later, it remains one of the go-to coats all year round. As winter takes a step back, it’s time to shuffle your outerwear options in favor of lighter layers without ignoring the fact that the bad weather is not over yet.

Trench coats are the perfect choice thanks to a lightweight cotton construction as well as details like storm flaps, tightening cuffs, and a silhouette that drops below the thigh. With options from the likes of UNIQLO, Burberry, and Jil Sander, our selection of the best trench coats for men looks to prove the versatility of the style which deserves to see you through the transitional months.

UNIQLO U should be a go-to destination for strong wardrobe foundations every season. The Lemaire-designed collaboration offers the French designer’s boxy silhouettes for a much kinder price tag than his eponymous luxury label. This lightweight trench boats a striking A-line cut dropping below the knee with more than enough room for layering underneath.

Daily Paper opts for a light beige hue to get us through Spring/Summer with this lightweight trench coat. All detailing is removed, with even the buttons hidden when fastened, apart from a storm strap to the collar allowing for a closer fit if the wind picks up.

While Burberry is not credited with the first-ever trench coat designs, it is one of the OGS and undoubtedly the favorite. Featuring the signature checked lining, this beige trench coat carries all of the original details we’d expect from a trench: buckles to the cuffs, a buckled waist tie, double-breasted build, and even epaulets.



Seeing as spring calls for unlined top layers, it’s helpful to keep things oversized. That’s not only because it gives your outfits a more interesting silhouette, but it opens the doors for some proper layering. This bold trench coat from Brain Dead features wide, notched lapels for an elevated take on the classic.

In typically clean, industrial style, this spring staple from A-COLD-WALL* is cut from lightweight, water-resistant nylon in a versatile Cement hue. Detailing is kept to a minimum to allow the clean tailoring to breathe.

Part of Ralph Lauren’s Chaps subsidiary, this minimal black trench coat is lined with a removable lining for when the temperature’s rising — perfect for the transitional months.

Taking style cues from authentic military trench coats, this Oil Sander iteration boasts a double-breasted, ten-button construction. Hand-warmer pockets to the ribs and flap pockets to the waist are the only other details against one of the cleanest pieces of the season.

This vintage Yves Saint Laurent trench coat is classic in every way. Designed in the trench coat’s classic beige hue, it boasts a tartan lining. If you’re looking for an authentic take on the style, you can’t do much better than this.

You’re more likely to see a zipped arm pocket on a bomber jacket but Random Identities’ ability to reshape classics sees the feature added to a trench coat. This oversized black number stands out from the crowd with a diagonal strap running from the right waist pocket over the left shoulder.

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