Like clockwork every spring, along with rain boots and the first arrival of flowers (both in our gardens and on our dresses), comes the return of the trench coat. While not the most groundbreaking seasonal item, it’s one that’s secured a place in most people’s wardrobes thanks to its clean lines, practical utilitarian nature, and neutral hue. But, after perusing the options currently on the market, we’re ready to challenge convention.
With gauzy bright fabrics, see-through materials, and clashing prints, 2019’s iterations of the trench are much more daring than the classic. And even if the bolder colors don’t speak to you, it’s possible the exaggerated silhouettes—as opposed to a neatly cinched waist—will inspire you to try something new. Should you be willing to forgo a bit of predictability while maintaining the coat’s practicality, see below for some of the freshest takes on the season’s favorite piece of outerwear.