Classic Trench Coats for Spring

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 

High Low Trench CoatsHigh : Burberry Short Trench, $1790 vs. Low: Banana Republic Classic Trench Regular and Petite Sizes,Regularly $230 now $114 with code BRFAMILY

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.

Splurge: Burberry

Banana Republic TrenchThe 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.)

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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 Trench

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.

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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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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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Classic Trench Coats for Spring

13 thoughts on “Classic Trench Coats for Spring”

  1. I toyed with a Burberry last year (to the point of actually ordering one from The RealReal, which is a good way to get a used one for less money) but then found one from Everlane that was $99 instead. The Everlane trench has the same heavy weight as a Burberry, so it drapes well and holds its shape. I did order Banana Republic’s coat from last year, too, and found that it didn’t drape or fit quite as well. Maybe this year’s BR option is better! At any rate, I wanted to mention the Everlane option in case anyone has ordered many things to try like I did!

    • With how my life looks now compared to when I bought my Burberry, it would be a MUCH harder sell. Like I said, I’m glad I have it and bought it when I did, but probably would opt for something else. Love the BR option, and Everlane is always worth mentioning! Thanks!!!

  2. I purchased last year’s version of the Banana Republic trench for less than $150 during one of their amazing sales, and I have no regrets. It still looks great after a year of wear, and the elephant print lining always makes me smile. It’s not a Burberry, but it is a great piece in its own right and as a petite person who can be lazy about getting alterations done, I really appreciate the size inclusivity. Fit is so important if you want a polished, put-together look!

  3. Buying it 8 years ago and still loving it and looking forward to wearing it is a great choice I think. Very good “cost per wear” amount. I would have no regrets either.

  4. I recently purchased the BR Trench Coat to take on a recent rip to Charleston, SC at end of February when BR was having a 40% off one-day sale a few weeks back and I LOVE IT! I absolutely LOVE the cute light gray elephant print lining and the overall quality of this coat and it’s embellishments are amazing! It looks MUCH more expensive than the BR price point and I received SO many compliments wearing it 🙂 I tried it on in the store and I unknowingly purchased the Medium in a Petite (I’m 5′-6″) – oops I didn’t have my readers with me 😉 – and didn’t realize it until I was on the trip and wearing it. Luckily, it fits my frame just fine (which is small throughout my shoulders waist) so it works and it’s not too short at all. I’m so glad that I didn’t make this sizing mistake purchasing an $800 Burberry – LOL (Now – someday – I can always splurge on the Burberry in my correct non-Petitie size 😉

  5. Thank you SO much for this post! I had a London Fog that I got back from the cleaners that had some places to be repaired. (Not sure if the cleaner did the damage or not as I hadn’t used it since last year and figured it was too late to go back to them.) Anyway, I purchased at a great deal another trench version that I LOVE and is much lighter weight than the LF. (The LF was about 20 years old) I wasn’t sure if with the new purchase if I should hold onto the LF but thanks to this post and your great encouragement, I am one coat lighter. Thanks again for ALL your help. You seem to speak just when we need it.

  6. Just purchased the BR version! If you have a BR Card you get an additional 10% off (on top of the 50% for F&F) for a total of $103.05 – I wasn’t planning on this purchase but I couldn’t resist! 🙂 Also, now I can get donate the black Cole Haan one that I’ve been wearing but not loving, thanks!

  7. I bought a black Burberry Kensington five years ago. It cost close to six times what I paid for my wedding gown! But it is timeless, stylish, sturdy and warm. It is an item where the quality of workmanship really shines. Plus, I sure wear it more times than my wedding gown. 😉

  8. Megan, the Burberry trench coat has a zip-out liner. I do not see this detail mentioned with the lower priced coats. It’s a struggle to find a good trenchcoat that you can wear for three seasons, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg

  9. Thanks for the tip! It’s exciting to find a lovely classic piece in a petite. We are approaching the rainy season here in SE Texas so I’m excited it’s waterproof! It’s also on the way to me!


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