Trench coats have been a wardrobe staple for decades. Even though it’s a classic style modern retailers have added little touches to the construction to update the look while maintaining its timelessness.
While we would all love to own a Burberry trench most of us can’t drop $2,000 on a coat. Luckily there are some great designs available for only a fraction of the price.
Like the shorter peacoat having one in your closet is a must as the temperature declines. But you don’t have to be stuck with basic khaki or black — here are some trendy trenches that can really spice up your winter wardrobe.
This look from Express is a great take on the classic construction. The deep garnet color and brass hardware make this a great, modern piece. With a wide collar and wool blend this is perfect for everyday wear when the weather is chilly.
Of course you can’t discount the classic look. This classic trench from the Gap is smart and versatile. It will only set you back about $128 and you will get a lot of mileage out of it. You can wear it over a dress headed out for the night or with jeans and boots while you run errands. It’s a clean look no matter what you pair with it.
MICHAEL by Michael Kors is always a great brand to go to when you want an expensive look without the price. This coat is probably the most practical; its cotton/polyester blend makes it machine washable and the medium weight and hood make it a great coat for any weather. More importantly it comes in four classic colors so you can play it safe with a neutral or go for it in red.
Kohl’s is a retailer that sells a lot of great things and a lot of horribly tacky things. This Apt. 9 trench is one of the good ones. Unlike your typical trench this does not have the classic button closure, instead a very visible (and fashionable) zipper takes its place. The wide zipper-detailed neck also adds a little more style to a classic piece. But the best part is the price, on sale now for only $75!
For some women the structured almost masculine construction of a trench is a put-off. This Elie Tahari coat mixes the structure with a feminine ruffle down the front. I love this look because it forgoes the typical button closure and waist tie and replaces it with a zipper and more fitted construction. Even with the added ruffle this looks feels LESS bulky than the standard trench.
This Kenneth Cole Reaction coat looks like it could possibly be the warmest place in the world. The patterned wool-blend coat is a softer take on the trench. The cool colors minimize the hardware and the funnel neck and long tie make it look like it couldn’t be more cozy.
If you are looking for a coat that not only defies the cold but also the rain you are going to want to go with a weather-resistant trench like this one from DKNY. Though it is lightweight this long coat can protect you from any precipitation while not looking like the iconic , and silly, rubbery raincoat.
You can also go for a bolder look in a different material like this faux-leather look from G by Guess. This look takes everything good from a classic trench (buttons, structure, tie, collar) and blends it with the look of leather. This is a great mix of classic and edgy.