How To Find the Perfect Trench Coat

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

Well, we’re back from our wonderful trip to London. I am already missing the fall temperatures and the sidewalks covered in golden leaves. Since September is truly the start of Autumn, especially in Europe, I knew I would need a wardrobe that would work with the cooler temperatures. England is also notoriously damp, which is why it was the birthplace of the trench coat. Thomas Burberry was the original creator and even today, Burberry still has the most recognizable and aspirational trench coats on the market.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

While I would have loved to roam around London in a Burberry trench coat, I just couldn’t justify the price. Realistically the cost of one Burberry trench coat was enough to pay for our time in the English countryside, and then some. So instead in the months leading up to our trip I dedicated my time to finding the perfect trench coat.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

Fortunately there is no shortage of great trench coat options. The challenge is finding the one that will fit your needs the most. I bought and returned several different styles ultimately landing on this one from Everlane. I had a few criteria in mind when shopping for the perfect trench coat. The first being the fabric would have to be all-weather. I was surprised at how many trench coats were not really suitable for rain. Isn’t that the point? So be sure to look for a material that is made to be water-resistant.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

There are several different lengths and styles available for a trench coat. Since I was looking for an all-weather option that would be able to keep me as dry as possible, I knew I wanted a longer coat. There are also shorter options that are great if you just need a light-weight coat but don’t need the full protection from the rain.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

Another factor to consider when shopping for the perfect trench coat is the overall style. A trench coat is one of the most classic pieces that you will have in your closet. So if you are making an investment think long-term when it comes to your style. I knew I wanted a more classic silhouette and color. I wanted minimal detail, a classic shape and a tailored look. Some of the trendier styles are a bit more oversized which I love but would look dated eventually.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

Lastly, it is always important to consider your budget. If you’re like me, I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a trench coat. I purchased (and returned) a few that were under $100 but the quality wasn’t what I wanted for a piece of clothing that I would be wearing often. I wanted to be in $100-$350 range. This is usually my comfort level for an investment piece. Know what you are comfortable spending and narrow your search to fit your budget. I’ve rounded up a few within the $100-$350 price range below.

How To Find The Perfect Trench Coat on Waketon Road Blog

Since a trench coat is such a wardrobe staple, it’s important to think about how you are going to use it. Try to avoid the impulse buys since this is one of the most functional items of clothing you will buy. I hope these tips help you find the perfect trench coat for you. It’s definitely a must-have for everyone! xo Bryn

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12 thoughts on “How To Find the Perfect Trench Coat

  1. Taylor

    Love this trench coat! I have been searching for a classic tan trench as well and this one is at the top of my list. So glad to hear that you like it! Hope you had a lovely time in England, can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

  2. Courtney

    That trench coat is so cute! I love the brown color, it’s so perfect for fall and winter.
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  3. Courtney

    That trench coat is so cute! I love the brown color, it’s so perfect for fall and winter.
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  4. Kristin

    NIce! I love this trench. I was planning to bring a black trench with me to Paris but I didn’t plan ahead enough. I bought one and ended up hating the fit. Its best to try on all your options. I love the price on this one too!
    Kristin
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  5. Eloise Gallant

    love trench coats! they are such a must have piece for my wardrobe. Great tips.

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

  6. Dana

    Such a gorgeous piece! For my 21st birthday my parents got me a Brooks Brothers trench coat and it’s one of the best pieces I own (four years later!).

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    This location is stunning, the colors are absolutely amazing for the black and beige contrasts!! Love this post!

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  9. Kristen

    I love your trench, Byrn! Everlane is one of my favorite online boutiques. Your trip looked amazing! 🙂

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you! I seriously love everything Everlane! Such great pieces! xo Bryn

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