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02 Dec

Our Top 5 Favourite More Ethical Trenches

We can’t tell you how happy we are that the trench coat made it from functional outerwear for the British army by the end of the 19th century, to one of our most worn staple pieces around the year. Especially in those unpredictable transition seasons of spring and autumn, the classic trench is a trusted companion in wind, sun, and rain—and, most importantly, in style.

Obviously, the name Burberry is known to the trench coat lovers of this world. Fortunately for us, not only did the trench coat establish itself as a timeless and unisex piece of clothing—many more sustainable brands have already joined the trend by offering a striking amount of ethically and ecologically produced trenches that will make you look not only chic but smart… like a sort of fashionable detective.

Sherlock-esque imaginings aside, are you ready to make one of these more sustainable beauties part of your everyday outfit? Then read on!


Rated: Good
woman wearing reformation trench

Holland Trench – Ships internationally

We love our classics, so the first one had to be beige. And what could be more classic than this double-breasted, ankle-length trench? Exactly. Reformation is also rated ‘Good’ and is therefore one of the trusted brands you can buy your outerwear at with a light heart.

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Shop Reformation @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Reformation @ Farfetch.

Shop Reformation.


Rated: Good
twothirds green trench

Dinagat Trench – Ships internationally

This jacket will keep you warm in style during the cooler months. The woolen trench also stands out with its unusual colour—think pine trees. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season. And for the one next year. And the year after. Because this is a jacket that will last you for many years to come!

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Amour Vert

Rated: Good
woman wearing peach amour vert trench

Lula Silk Noil Trench – Ships internationally

Switching to something a little lighter, we just really love the fresh pink colour and sleek fit of this Amour Vert trench. Be it as a second layer for warmer days, or as part of your outfit all day ‘round, it would make a chic and versatile addition to your wardrobe.

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Shop Amour Vert.


Rated: Great
woman wearing armedangels trench

Dunjaa Vichy Trench – Ships internationally

Check out this beauty! We can picture you strolling down small Parisian laneways in this one. And it’s not only extraordinarily chic, it’s also vegan and made from 100% TENCEL™. Too good to be true? These armed angels prove you wrong once again.

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Shop Armedangels.


Rated: Good
woman wearing dark blue jan n june trench

Lotic Trench – Ships internationally

Last but not least – a very loose and breezy version of the classic trench coat that we think looks so flattering and completes any outfit. As they say on their website: “it’s black, baby!”, therefore the perfect go-to option whenever you need to quickly throw on one more layer.

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Shop JAN ‘N JUNE @ Earthkind.


Burberry (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
flat lay of classic Burberry trench coats second hand

Burberry Trenches – Ships internationally

The quintessential British coat, a global fashion icon. Created by Burberry founder Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago, Burberry’s trench coats are designed in five silhouettes, each named after a London location.

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Shop Burberry Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

A trench coat is something we would never want to leave out of our wardrobes. How good to know that—thanks to more sustainable brands like the above that are leading the way—we now have a bunch of choices when it comes to purchasing a new and ecological one, be it a classic cut, eye-catching pattern, or elegant overcoat we are searching for.

Author bio: Hannah Lang is an anthropologist working in the non-profit international development sector. She is passionate about intercultural communication, human rights, and policies for a more sustainable and inclusive future. You can find her on LinkedIn.

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