The Burberry Trench Coat: My Honest Review 2023

I've owned my trench coat for over 10 years, and after many years and wears, I can confidently say that a classic Burberry Trench coat is worth the price! It is an iconic piece that is easy to style, easy to wear, and made of high quality material that last for years!

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Diane is wearing a Stone Colored Burberry Trench & Scarf

History of the Burberry Trench

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Beige Burberry Trench Close-up © Pinterest

The history of the Burberry trench coat is quite fascinating. In 1879, Thomas Burberry created a water-resistant and windproof fabric called gabardine. A little over 10 years later, in 1890, the trench Mr. Burberry created was sold to soldiers and men who played field sports. This khaki colored, water and windproof fabric was ideal for soldiers in the “trenches” hence how Thomas Burberry came up with the iconic name the trench coat. Once the war ended, both men and women flocked to purchase the iconic trench coat thanks to movie stars who were seen wearing the Thomas Burberry Trench. 

My honest opinion of the Burberry Trench Coat

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I highly recommend purchasing the Burberry Trench Coat, and here is why. This trench is an iconic timeless coat, easy to style, and is a staple piece in my wardrobe. Burberry is known for using high quality material for creating their trench coats, which allows them to last for years and withstand the test of time. Plus, the Burberry Trench is a great investment piece since it holds its value and continues to increase in price year after year. When I purchased the trench, I didn’t think I would wear it often, but it’s quite the contrary, I find myself wearing it all the time. I often pair my trench with my plaid Burberry scarf.

What is the quality of Material Used?

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Beige Cashmere Burberry Coat © Pinterest

Before you make any large purchase, I think it’s important to do research on the quality of the material used. The good news is that The Burberry coats uses high quality cotton gabardine material. The craftsmanship is impeccable, and every collar is sewn on by hand in England. It takes over a year for each specialist to learn the stitching for the trench coat's collar, and more than 180 stitches are done by hand to create the iconic collar.

Is the Trench Coat Waterproof? 

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Close-up of the Burberry Material

The short answer is no it’s not waterproof, however it is water-resistant. The Burberry Trench uses what is called a Gabardine cotton that is designed to protect against rain. This innovative cloth allows the trench to be water-resistant, but not waterproof. 

Free Alterations are done at the Burberry store for Coats

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How to style a Trench Coat

One thing I love about Burberry is they offer free alterations if you purchase any Burberry Coat at the store. Being petite, I needed both the arms and the length shortened. Not having to worry about the alterations is a huge plus in my book. When you think about all the detailing and lining that goes into a classic Burberry trench coat, it would be hard to find a tailor that would be able to match the intricate detail that goes into altering the trench.

Which Burberry Trench style is the most popular?

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The two most popular styles are the Burberry Kensington Trench Coat and the Burberry Chelsea Trench Coat. Both Trench coats are similar, but they also have a few differences.   

The Burberry Kensington Trench Coat is designed to be a more relaxed fit. The Kensington Trench has a more classic, straight cut. Many people consider the Kensington Trench Coat the more classic oversized Burberry Trench Style. 

The Burberry Chelsea Trench Coat has a more slim fit. The Chelsea trench is going to be tailored and slim fitting. If you purchase a Chelsea Slim Fit, then I recommend ordering a size up.

Price of the Burberry Trench Coat & Where to buy it

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How to style a Trench Coat

There are several places online where you can purchase the Burberry Trench! Some of the most popular places include Nordstrom, Saks, and of course the Burberry Store.

UPDATED Pricing as of March 2023!!!

Burberry Trench StylePrice in the USAPrice in Europe
Kensington Mid-Length$2,490€1,990
Chelsea Mid-Length$2,490€1,990

Final thoughts

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Similar to other big designers like Chanel and Hermes, Burberry tends to increase their pricing year over year. I totally understand that the Burberry Trench has a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, I highly recommend adding it to your wardrobe. If you ask me the question, do I think the Burberry trench coat is worth the price? The answer is yes every time!! The design is classic, timeless, and you will wear it for years to come!! I find myself reaching for my trench coat year round.

Sincerely Petite in Paris,


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