15 best trench coats for women 2023: including waterproof and wool styles

We round up the best trench coats for women to suit all budgets and tastes

composite of three models wearing the best trench coats for women from Hobbs, H&M, Joules
(Image credit: Hobbs, H&M, Joules)

No wardrobe is complete without one of the best trench coats for women. A versatile year-round essential, this staple piece of outerwear is completely timeless. Whether you're ready to splurge on a designer number or want to stick to a more affordable high street buy, you can't go wrong with any of these picks.

The best waterproof jackets don't just have to be plain and practical. A classic trench is one of the chicest pieces you can own, and it helps that they work for all weathers too. Typically available in long cuts and neutral hues, they will also complement almost any style aesthetic. Finding the best winter coat is particularly tricky if you live somewhere like the UK where you can experience all four seasons in one day, which is why the versatile trench will always be our go-to jacket for any occasion.

Smart enough to include in your capsule wardrobe for work but comfortable enough to wear day-to-day, a trench coat can do it all. Opt for a piece with a built-in belt if you prefer a more fitted look, or embrace the straight, boxier shape for a more relaxed and trendy ensemble. If you want to make sure you're covered when temperatures plummet, you can size up on your trench coat and slip a thermal gilet underneath for added warmth without compromising on aesthetics. No matter the look you're after, these are the best trench coats to shop this season.

The best trench coats for women, as chosen by our fashion team 

Although there is really no way to go wrong with a trench coat, navigating the market can be tricky as the options are vast. Fit is key, whatever you're spending, so look for a trench coat that has well fitted shoulders and doesn't overwhelm your frame. After that, it's all in the details - and depending on the frequency you wear it, you may want to look for the best trench coats with a waterproof finish. 

A belt is also a common feature on a trench coat that shouldn't be overlooked. To make a look feel more personable and to instantly up-style your trench, swap self fabric belts for leather styles or the best designer belts, to make even straight-to-market designs feel runway-ready for the upcoming season. 

Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and she is now a senior fashion and beauty writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK!, New!, and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment.