From elegant belted wool coats to classic trenches to smart tailored numbers: a long black coat is like a little black dress – an investment piece because they suit just about everyone and thus you simply cannot go sartorially wrong. Throw one over almost any outfit and the whole ensemble instantly becomes sharper and chicer.

But not only are they classic, they also happen to be on trend. In line with fashion’s current wider appreciation for well-constructed clothes to be worn everyday – investments that will last and last without dating – it’s all about long sweeping silhouettes and good shapes, whether form-fitting and sharp or tailored but oversized. These are the ones we rate at a mix of price points, starting at £44.99.

By Nancy Alsop
September 2023