Trends are cool and all, but some of the most stylish women we know have cultivated their great taste in clothes not by trying every new fleeting style that pops up but by relying on a few select wardrobe staples. As style people ourselves, we like to keep tabs on our what our fashion friends are favoring each season and one staple that always persists is the trench coat. Take a walk around Paris and NYC—two cities with arguably some of the very best street style—at any given moment and I guarantee you’ll spot more than your fair share of cool trench coat ensembles. After all, the lightweight jacket is a useful layering piece during transitional seasons like spring and fall.
Despite the always-classic nature of a camel trench, the staple is being reimagined in cool and creative ways—as spotted all over the runways and on our favorite fashion girls. From upsized silhouettes to leather coated iterations, the trenches on offer right now couldn’t be any cooler. To uncover the best trench coats to buy now and wear forever, keep scrolling for our edit of 24 hand-picked toppers and get inspired by street style looks straight from New York and Paris along the way.