I’ve always been a fan of a classic trench coat. It can really chic up an outfit and is great for the rainy weather we get during spring. Trench coats for women are also a great option during the fall when the weather is not yet cool enough for a bulky coat.
I’ve had my trench coat for a few years and it’s one item that will never go out of style. Josh bought it for me for our anniversary and I immediately fell in love.
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I love a tan or beige-colored trench, but you can find trench coats in just about any color. For this post, I’d like to focus on the classic beige or tan coat. Also, I think this is a piece of clothing that you will want to invest in. You want it to last and to keep its structure for years to come. It’s definitely a staple that you can even pass down if you take good care of it.
BEST BRANDS TO BUY A TRENCH COAT
There are definitely some brands that are synonymous with trench coats. My trench is from Burberry, a London-based brand that has perfected the trench style IMO. It is said that in 1879, Thomas Burberry invented the waterproof fabric gabardine. He wanted to create a versatile fabric blend that would hold up well to a lot of wear and tear.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A TRENCH COAT
- Silhouette – There are so many styles to choose from but if you want to keep it classic, look for a double-breasted coat with large lapels and a belt. The belt is great to create shape.
- Length – Again, so many styles; cropped, knee-length, and midi-length. But a classic style will hit just above the knee.
- Material – You want to search for a water-resistant fabric. Nylon and water-proof cotton blends will hold up to rain and wind.
- Overall Fit– You want to consider the weather in your area. If you live in cooler climates, you’ll want to find a fit that allows you to wear a sweater underneath. For warmer regions, you can find a fit that is more fitted since you’ll probably wear a light layer underneath.
- The Details – Just some key details when looking for a classic trench.
- Buttons – Sturdy large buttons.
- Belt – Either a traditional belt or a wrap-around belt
- Pockets – Slant pockets for comfort and functionality.
- Color – A traditional beige coat will pair with a ton of outfits. This neutral will not compete with your outfit but will seamlessly allow for multiple outfit choices.
- Shoulder Seams – The seams should lay right at the edge of your shoulders and should allow for free movement.
- Sleeve Length- The sleeves should hit your wrist and no further than your thumb knuckle. Again, you should be able to lift your arms without restriction.
For more trench coat inspiration, check out Burberry’s The Art of the Trench