Tapping into our longing for the ’90s, the trench coat is back in a range of colours, prints, lengths and cuts. Dismissed by some as too prim and proper, this season, designers have modernised the British staple, Matrix style.

The trench is a sustainable addition to any wardrobe because it has multiple uses: it can be worn as a jacket-dress, dressed up at night with statement jewels and heels, or dressed down over jeans and a T-shirt during the day.

Here are 10 of our favourite new styles, ranging in price and provenance, so you can look the part as the weather cools down.

The Fifth Label – Expedition Trench ($149)
Launching in 2014, The Fifth Label specialises in pared-back essentials, released monthly. For model-turned-designer Zoey Vink, balancing style with comfort and an accessible price point is key to the label’s success.

This trench has been made from a bone-wash cotton blend and features crisp lapels (which help to frame the face), storm flaps (the piece of material designed to protect an opening or fastening from the effects of rain), front pockets and a belt (which can be removed for a more formal, streamlined look). The neutral colour makes it incredibly wearable.

Available online at The Iconic

Arnsdorf – Ally Trench ($420)
Melbourne label Arnsdorf is a master of sculpted, clever basics for day and night. Designer Jade Sarita Arnott recently returned to the industry after a five-year hiatus and relaunched the label with a newfound focus on sustainability. And it’s working.

Made from a heavy hemp canvas fabric, this relaxed coat is one you’ll live in. It features chunky buttons and thick sleeve ties, and can be tailored to you when you book a private trench-styling session.

Available online at its e-store and in store in Melbourne.

Paris Georgia – Valentina ($990)
New Zealand’s Paris Georgia was launched in 2015 by friends Paris Mitchell and Georgia Cherri, who at the time were running an online vintage store, The Mercantile.

This vegan-leather coat (made in New Zealand) will take you from day to night. It comes in black and white, so it’s versatile and easy to wear year round.

Available online at The Mercantile in August this year.

If you can’t wait until August for The Valentina to drop, the Georgia Trench Coat ($1190) is available online now.

Ganni – Cotton-twill trench coat ($236)
Copenhagen’s Ganni blurs the line between classic design and modern dressing. Founded in 2000 by an art connoisseur and gallery owner, it’s now owned and run by husband-and-wife team creative director Ditte Reffstrup and CEO Nicolaj Reffstrup. The label’s hallmarks are leopard print, florals, and slogan T-shirts styled under blazers.

This beige, neutral coat (with satin lining) is versatile and almost military in style. And it’s 55 per cent off now at The Outnet.

Available online at The Outnet

Anna Quan – Inez ($890)
Anna Quan debuted at Sydney Fashion Week in 2015 and since then has modernised white shirting. This has seen the label stocked across The Undone, Varga Girl and Basics Department. The Sydney designer’s tailoring trademark is elongated sleeves and dramatic French-style cuffs.

The Inez Trench Coat has been made from a medium-weight cotton, so it wears well and isn’t too heavy (particularly around the shoulders). The oversized, relaxed fit makes it a friend to layering, while the bright pop of red (with contrasting white stitching) is of-the-moment and will break up an otherwise monotone winter wardrobe. If you don’t plan to wear bulky knits underneath, we recommend buying a size down.

Available online at its e-store and in-store at Myer in Sydney.

Acler – Fyffe Trench ($225)
Adelaide label Acler – whose designs have been worn by Beyonce Knowles – was launched in 2015 by Julia Ritorto and Kathryn Forth. The pair had an ambition to fill a niche for high-end products at a competitive price. They established the label in the US before turning to China and Hong Kong. While all production happens in China, the label’s values are still firmly rooted in Adelaide.

This sophisticated black trench is a bestseller from its spring/summer 2017 collection. It’s classic, voluminous and has been re-stocked countless times due to demand.

Available online at the label’s e-store, the Desordre e-store and at the Desodre boutique in Sydney.

Sonia Rykiel – crinkled-vinyl trench coat ($1674)
French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel’s career began out of frustration. She was pregnant and couldn’t find anything to flatter her changing figure. After designing a maternity dress for herself she started a mission to help other women feel good too, and the label was born in 1999.

Designed for a slim fit, this dramatic, cobalt-blue trench comes with all the classic bells and whistles including notched lapels, a waist belt and a double-breasted front. It’s unlined, which makes it light, airy and comfortable.

Available online at Net-a-Porter

Push Button – metallic crinkled-vinyl trench coat ($744)
Seoul’s forward-thinking Seung Gun Park surprises his customers collection after collection. The tailoring is deliberately oversized and relaxed, and made for the woman who likes to make a statement with what she wears.

This ostentatious take on the trench, which is dipped in a show-stopping gold, makes a fun party ensemble. It looks just as good dressed down with white sneakers and a hoodie as it does at a black-tie event over a dress with heels.

Available online at Net-a-Porter

Sister Studios – Riley Duster ($250)
Like most smaller labels, designers Emma Cutri and Alice McIntosh started by designing clothing for themselves and friends before word spread. In 2015 the designers launched a full-blown label in Melbourne that brings dead-stock fabric back to life via a seamstress in South Yarra.

This medium-weight, more casual denim design looks great with flared culottes, and can be paired with jeans, too.

Available online at its e-store

Acne Studios – Anghelica Gab Safari Camel ($1250)
Acne Studios has been providing the world with minimal design for more than 20 years. The Swedish label – founded by creative lead Jonny Johansson in 1996 – is dear in price, but timeless.

The Anghelica Gab Safari trench in camel (the colour of the moment) in a viscose material is collarless, which invites a shirt to peek out from underneath. It’s long and fluid and looks smart with white sneakers or boots in winter. It also welcomes gold accessories.

Avaiable online at its e-store and at all four Sydney and Melbourne

Honorable mention:

Ellery – Illustrated Woman Trench Coat ($1995)
Luxury womenswear label Ellery, founded in Sydney in 2007, has an avant-garde aesthetic. It is based in Sydney and Paris and can be found in boutiques around the world. The label is all about bold silhouettes and has shown each season on the official Paris Fashion Week schedule.

This trench is a key piece from its spring digital runway presentation. Inspired by time travellers and forward thinkers, the classic design features oversized lapels and flaps as well as an adjustable waist-belt. This one will handed down for generations.

Available online at its e-store and at the Ellery store in Paddington in Sydney.