Over the last few weeks I received enough requests for trench coat recommendations to warrant its own post. And if we’re talking trench coats, that means we’re talking spring! So lets get started.
As I was organizing this article, I realized there’s actually a lot to unpack.
Over the years, trench coats have consistently been the category past clients, and current readers have considered splurging on, while others have wanted something moderately priced and well made, and others are looking for something affordable and simple.
Today, I’m highlighting the splurge and the incredible dupe I found, along with the under $100 option that covers all sizes.
I made sure all of the coats share as many style elements as possible, so they offer a true comparison. These three options are all double breasted, with a flattering length that will cover your bum, and similar in color.
Trench Coats: Splurge, Spend and Save
We’ve talked before about how to create a high-end style without breaking the bank. Knowing were to splurge, spend, and save is essential.
In a nutshell, a splurge is a piece you wouldn’t typically purchase, with timeless, high-quality elements. Sometimes it’s a celebratory self-purchase or a gift, like handbags, jewelry, accessories, and in many cases, a trench because nothing is more timeless than a Burberry trench.
The classic Burberry trench is beautiful, it’s impeccably made, and feels luxurious when you slip it on. I purchased mine eight years ago at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for about $900. I had just landed a big client and treated myself to something I always wanted. (You can see mine below in this post.)
And I couldn’t pass up the price which I haven’t seen since.
I’m thrilled I have it, more so now because I love the idea of passing it down to one of my girls.
Would I buy it today? I’m not sure.
Splurging on items that are fit based is tricky because, as women, our bodies are shifting and changing all the time. If you’re body tends to stay the same over the years, and it’s in your budget. Go for it.
Aside from their incredibly limited sizing (and they run small) I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. It’s a wonderfully crafted garment. You feel like you’re wearing something special without having to be precious with it.
But if you want the same look, in a high quality and a much better price point, I found a fantastic dupe.
Spend: Banana Republic
Banana Republic Classic Trench Regular and Petite Sizes, $230 now $114 with code BRFAMILY
I’m cautious of calling something affordable because that’s relative to the individual. I say “spend” when something would be a considered purchase. Originally this coat was $230, but right now it’s on sale for $114 with code BRFAMILY. Thank you for calling out the savings in our comments this morning!
However, it’s a fantastic coat that’s reasonably priced, and shares all the styling elements of the Burberry. From the double-breasted buttons to the side pocket details and cuffs on the sleeves – it’s as timeless as the piece it pulls inspiration.
And because it’s Banana Republic, you get a nice size range. This comes in regular and petite, up to an XL or a 16.
What’s even better is the functionality. This is water-resistant, so it’s functional in addition to being a fashion piece.
If I didn’t already have a Burberry, I would buy this, and splurge on a piece of jewelry or handbag instead.
Where to Save
If you need an under $100 option, I can’t get over this one from J.Crew Factory. It’s $99, has similar details, and comes in regular sizes from a 00 – 24 and petite 00 – 16.
Isn’t it amazing that retailers like J.Crew and Banana Republic have expanded their sizes, but department stores have pulled many of their petite and plus departments? I just don’t understand it.
Style Your Trench
It’s always a happy day when I pull my trench out for the first time each season. It means spring is here, the sun is shinning and there’s that wonderful crispness in the air.
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💐 The official start of spring is when you can put on your trench for the first time after a long, dark and dreary winter. . Over on the blog we’re talking classic trench coats. . They are timeless, endlessly chic and make even frayed jeans and a tee look elevated. . So today I’m sharing 3 options if you want to SPURGE, SPEND or SAVE including: . Similar styles, my top pick and a lovely under $100 option that offers all sizes.🤗 . ☝🏼For all the details follow the link in my profile and click “New on the Blog”
No matter which trench you buy, you’ll wear it so many ways. It pulls an outfit together instantly. It’s the epitome of chic yet casual. Wear it with your go-to black pants, your distressed jeans and everything in between.
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