There was a time when the Burberry trench coat pretty much cornered the upscale market as the ultimate topper for crisp — and frequently damp — fall weather. This season, the trench coat is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, even trending on the recent New York Fashion Week runways. Because we like it when brands keep us on our toes, we’re not only championing the conventional cotton or nylon neutral trench, we’re also refusing to let the piece simply rest on its laurels (and plackets and buttons…).
Designers have upped the style ante by offering trenches in everything from denim to suede, lace, leather, plaid, gingham and camo. Though not always ready for inclement weather, there are plenty of reasons to get wrapped up in a chic trench coat this fall. Scroll through the slideshow above for our best picks of the season for every budget.