How-to buy a Trench Coat

School is back in session.

Football season is in full swing.

The days are getting shorter.

We find ourselves sitting here on the brilliant cusp of fall and winter, and one of life’s greatest questions surfaces.

How do I know which trench coat is for me???

Fall’s blustery winds, crisp, cool days and afternoon pop-up showers require a light-weight, all-weather, classic coat. And that go-to coat is the classic trench.

A trench is always stylish, ultra-chic, can be worn easily in all types of climates, looks good on just about every figure, and is extremely purposeful. It’s the ultimate in closet utility.

Have I sold you on this one yet?!?

But, before you go out shopping, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when buying a trenchcoat.

  • Buy the best-quality coat that you can afford. Budget accordingly; this is a useful investment piece, budget only what you can afford.
  • Think about shape, the drape, and the color. Your trench coat can be as stylish and timeless as your little black dress, so choose wisely.

And here are 5 Crucial Features to consider when purchasing the perfect trench:

1. Silhouette

Double or single breasted? Belted?

A double-breasted trench coat with belt that hits at your natural waist is the most universally flattering look. This shape is also a master at enhancing a woman’s natural curves or adds definition for women with less-curvy figures. A very ladylike silhouette.

2. Fit

4 Key Areas:

a) be visibly fitted but still generously permits the body to do and move freely without constriction

b) allows enough room to be worn over dress, suit, or sweater

c) closure button must not gape

d) backside vent should lay flat at all times; if it doesn’t go up 1 size

3. Length 

Trench coats can vary in length. Although, the standard length is approximately 2 inches above the knee, but some may prefer it to be  a bit longer. They are not meant to be warn past the knee.

4. Material 

Look for water-resistant nylons or treated cottons as they are the most long-lasting, the most durable, and withstand both rain & wind the best.

5. Details & Flare 

A trench is an accessory after all. So, here are some tips for trench coat styling:

Tailor or sailor knot-tie an extra long belt for a more polished look

Look out for any strange placed buttons, you want the breast of the jacket to be free of them

Opt for roomy side pockets

Some trenches come with available removable coat linings for even more versatility

Traditional khaki or stone colors are the most classic trench coat color. The hue complements most outfits and can also be worn year-round. If you are fairer-skinned, like me, wear a darker khaki, whereas if you are darker skinned, more olive-toned, opt of a lighter shade.

Some personal suggestions for trench coat shopping include…

Best Classic Trench:

Classic Trench from Banana Republic for $225

Classic Trench

Trendy Trench:

Denim Indigo Trench from GAP for $128

Classic indigo trench

Chicest Trench:

Ralph Lauren A-Line Trench Coat for $245

Lauren Ralph Lauren A-Line Trench Coat

Best Utility Trench:

London Fog Hooded Trench Coat for $129

London Fog Hooded Trench Coat


You really can’t go wrong with a trench!

*even more interested in other trench coat resources? Check out Burberry’s Art of Trench! They really know trench coats.




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