Men who wear it well: The trench coat

From David Gandy to Oliver Cheshire, these are your belted gabardine icons

The trusty trench is one of the world’s most recognisable pieces of clothing. As stylish as it is practical, the devilishly good looking outerwear was first developed as a sartorially on-point alternative to the heavy greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War by none other than Thomas Burberry.

Since then, it’s been worn by everyone from Cary Grant to David Beckham and the reasons why you, too, should buy into the trench are tenfold. When something’s got the same traction today as it had over a century ago, you know it’s got to be good – and these are the men who wear it well proving why you should follow in their fashionable footsteps.

Go oversized like Gandy

Men who wear it well: The trench coat

When you’ve made the style waves that David Gandy has (and the literal waves – we’ve all seen the M&S swimwear campaigns) it can be hard to make a relatively simple item, such as the trenchcoat, stand out. But no fear, British style’s leading man took to the streets of London a couple of years ago in a Private White Co. Trench coat, and it may be the most notable outerwear move he’s made thus far.

Big and brash, the collar and lapels are oversized, giving the trench more of a duster look than that of your normal trench. So, if in doubt, go for one of the below – making a statement with size.

Men who wear it well: The trench coat

Zara Oversized Trench Coat

£25.99

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Men who wear it well: The trench coat

Balenciaga Oversized Trench Coat

£1395

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Oliver Spencer Trench Coat

£495

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Go bold like Oliver Cheshire

Men who wear it well: The trench coat

During last year’s London Men’s Fashion Week, Oliver Cheshire stepped out in a burnt orange trench coat, proving that your outerwear doesn’t have to stick to a simple, subtle colour like beige or camel. Instead, think outside the box. The trench coat has a cut, double-breasted design and belted look iconic enough to survive across the spectrum, so why not mix things up with a left-field hue?

Men who wear it well: The trench coat

Burberry Laminated Tartan Trench

£1895

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Burberry Black Watch Trench

£1595

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Burberry Tape Detail Trench

£1595

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