Trench Coat Outfit Ideas That’ll Make You Look Expensive

plus, what to look for when investing in the perfect trench

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trench coat outfits

I’ve always been a fan of a classic trench coat. It can 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 Burberry trench coat for a few years and it’s one item that will never go out of style. My husband bought it for me for our anniversary and I immediately fell in love.

I love a classic tan or beige 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 trench coat.

Also, I think this is a piece of clothing that you will want to invest in for your capsule wardrobe. You want it to last and to keep its structure for years to come. It’s a staple that you can even pass down if you take good care of it.



Some brands are synonymous with trench coats. My Burberry trench coat, the London-based brand, has perfected the trench style if I’m being honest.

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.

Houston blogger Maria Munoz in trench coat for women
Houston style blogger in trench coat

how should a trench coat fit a woman

There are a few things you should consider when looking for a trench coat.

Here are 5 things to look for when shopping for a trench coat:

  1. 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.
  2. Length – Again, so many styles; cropped, knee-length, and midi-length. But a classic style will hit just above the knee.
  3. Material – You want to search for a water-resistant fabric. Nylon and water-proof cotton blends will hold up to rain and wind.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

how to STYLE a trench coat

Now that you know how to buy a trench coat, it’s time to learn how to style a trench coat.

Here are a few casual trench coat outfit ideas to wear this season:

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