Oh Britain, we love you but your weather is bringing us down.

Hands up if you’re in limbo? Too warm for a coat, too wet to go without. What is a girl to do?

Enter the trench coat. No other classic has such staying power and such an ability to communicate an air of insouciance. Alexa Chung loves hers, Victoria Beckham regards hers as an airport must-have and it is even royalty-approved too, with the Duchess of Cambridge known to belt up on more than one occasion. If it isn’t belted at the waist, it’s open or oversize. Whenever and however the trench coat is worn, all that really matters this season is that you’re wearing one at all.


From the trenches of World War I to the trend pages of the glossies for AW17, the trench coat has stood the test of time better than almost any other item of clothing in history. It’s a bold claim but the evidence stacks up; from utilitarian roots, the trench has gone on to become a fashion classic, up there with Breton tops, skinny jeans and the plain white tee, the items that we all have in our wardrobes regardless of our sartorial persuasion.

There’s nothing new about the classic styling of this Ralph Lauren trench coat, aside from its debut on the rails here at Robinsons. The Supers wore the style in the 80s, Cindy Crawford leading the fashion pack in her coordinating beige slacks. Whilst the baggy trousers are thankfully long gone, the trench is every bit as relevant now as it was way back then. If you haven’t got one in your wardrobe as we tiptoe hesitantly towards winter, you’re missing out on one of the stylists’ biggest secrets; a transitional classic that will take you well into the new season – year after year.

Shop the Ralph Lauren classic belted trench coat in store now. Visit Robinsons today at DN10 6JH.