As April showers have carried on into May I’ve been reaching for my trusty trench coat on an almost daily basis. (Recent evidence here, here, here, and here, and inspiration from years past here, here and here. ) A kind gift from Brooks Brothers as a part of a collaboration 2 years ago, it has held up exceedingly well despite years of heavy use. There really is no better spring piece than a classic trench for protecting your other clothes in a downpour, or as a light layer to keep out the chill. Polished and practical, the key is selecting one that is a light enough color that it feels “spring-y” and hits right around the knee so it looks good with rising hemlines and flatters you even in flats. (I find if the coat is too long it will look heavy, if it’s too short it might look juvenile.) I’ve collected several trenches over the years, but this one from Brooks Brothers is my favorite, for its elegant details (horn buttons! leather buckles!) and a wooly zip-out lining that warms you up without adding bulk. Even when sitting on it for long spells (which happens often as it’s my go-to travel topper), the wrinkles fall out quickly as you can see in some of the photos from behind below. And I’ve always had great luck getting potential stains out. All around a wardrobe essential that’s worth the investment and will serve you for years to come!
Here are a few other classic trench coats at every price point:
- The heirloom-worthy trench that set the standard for all others, you’ll pass this one down to your daughter.
- A slightly more modern take on the classic, I love how they added a hood.
- This one is pretty much perfect and under $200!