There are not too many wardrobe staples that truly never go out of style. Even the most “classic” items, like a pair of dark jeans or a little black dress, vary from season to season and year to year, so it can be all too easy to put a time stamp on when you bought a specific piece. There’s nothing wrong with this–our styles are supposed to evolve and develop over time, after all–but it does make those select few items that remain constant all the more impressive. One of those pieces to me is the trench coat. While I love picking up slight variations on the traditional cut, as well as trenches in new prints and textures, I reach for the classic Burberry trench I bought in 2014 just as often as I do my newer options. There is no trench style more iconic, and since the original Burberry trench was designed in 1879, I think it is safe to say that this look is not going anywhere. One woman on our team even wears a vintage Burberry trench that her grandmother wore as a young woman! As someone who tries to invest in pieces wisely and then care for them well so I might be able to hand them down someday, seeing that lived out was so encouraging.
If you’re not ready to invest in a Burberry trench, plenty of brands have drawn inspiration from this ever-classic style and made it their own. For the traditional tan, double-breasted look at a lower price point, I love this trench from J. Crew and this one from Mango. Other brands have put their own unique spins on the style, like the beautiful bow detail on this Prada trench and this full-skirted version from Max Mara, both of which create a dressier look.
Patterned trench coats frequently catch my eye, since I love the way they balance a traditional silhouette with a memorable print or texture. I find it especially hard to resist options with a feminine twist, whether that’s a pink fabric (like this charmeuse flowy trench by Mansur Gavriel and this Kate Spade coat) or a beautiful floral print (like this peony-print Samantha Sung trench and this stunning patchwork Oscar de la Renta). Specifically for fall, I’d love to add a plaid trench coat to my collection, perhaps this one from Stella McCartney or this one from H&M. Like I shared in our recent Plaid Round-Up post, any plaid style would help seamlessly transition your wardrobe into the new season. Find more of my favorite trench coats–both in classic beige and a variety of eye-catching prints and patterns–below!
I am always looking for ways to carry my love of florals from the spring and summer into fall. This Rebecca Taylor floral trench’s navy background and sweet pink flowers which will pair perfectly with some of my favorite autumn dresses, like the Gal Meets Glam Collection Celeste dress.