A model walking the runway during the Maison Margiela Fall 2017 Haute Couture show in Paris in a chic crimped tulle trench coat - July 5, 2017 A model walking the runway during the Maison Margiela Fall 2017 Haute Couture show in Paris in a chic crimped tulle trench coat - July 5, 2017

The trench coat is as classic as fashion gets. With that in mind, it’s amazing how many ways designers and street styles stars are reinventing the piece for Spring 2018.

The experimentation started on the Haute Couture runways last summer. Maison Margiela crimped transparent tulle, layered ruffles, and created negative space with abstract cut outs. The deconstructed results were unmistakably trench coats, despite the fact that they barely resembled the traditional staple.

A few months later, a cascade of innovation took over the Spring 2018 catwalks. With eye-catching fringe, Loewe made it appear that they’d put their trench coats halfway into the shredder, before changing their minds and pulling their creations back out. Ralph & Russo served up an ultra luxurious rendition in satiny material, while 3.1 Phillip Lim took their designs in a boxier direction full of blunt personality.

The ingenuity doesn’t stop at the runways. On the sidewalks, style experts have more options in their repertoire. Such as layering with python print, like Russian designer Irina Linovich.

Another way to shake up your trench coat game? Just throw in a little texture. Canadian designer Mila Yudina accented an airy micro pleat masterpiece with a snazzy Dior clutch.

Ruffles are in, in, in this season and turns out they can even work in a trench coat. Megan Reynolds of Matches Fashion was drawn to this lovely khaki creation.

Sometimes creativity just means working with what you’ve got and thinking outside of the box. Daniela Zuccotti got on board with the wear-it-backwards trend in a Burberry trench.

A great way to subvert the khaki expectation that typically goes along with trench coats is to add a pop of color. Blogger Erika Boldrin slipped into a pair of vibrant purple pumps and cinched her outerwear with an Off-White belt.

If one colorful accent’s not enough for you, go with a trench coat in a single bright, solid color. This technique is basically guaranteed to have plenty of wow factor.

Rich patterns are of course another superlative option. Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland coordinated with these two luxurious coats and finished off with accessories from Fendi.

If you’re willing to diverge from tried-and-true khaki, black vinyl is a wise choice. The super shiny material is trending strong with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Simple touches can have a strong impact. Letting one shoulder slip off casually, Princess Deena Al-Juhani Abdulaziz picked out a design with long sleeves and a deconstructed hem. The result was refined yet relaxed.

Taking a familiar fashion item and taking it in an unexpected direction is both challenging and fun. Whether you pick a few of these techniques or try something completely different, there are plenty of inspired ways to get into the trenches this year. — jas