Burberry Trench Coats are Over $4,000, Here are 10 Chic Options at a Fraction of the Cost

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With a slight chill in the air and the leaves beginning to turn in colour, I can smell the magic of Autumn upon us. Farewell sticky and sweaty summer, hello breezy jacket-enabling autumn. And no jacket defines Autumn quite like a trench coat. This time of year can still be quite temperamental – with one week of cooler drizzly days followed by a week of sunny skies straight afterward. The easiest way to feel chic (and importantly, stay dry) lies with a classic trench, a wardrobe staple that suits every wardrobe. 

Burberry Kensington Trench Coat (sz UK 8 – also here, also here, also available in a longer version), Arket tee (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 26), Everlane sandals* (similar here)

It’s well documented across my social media that a Burberry trench coat has long been on my radar. However, the constant price hikes (currently north of $4,000 AUD at the time of typing) is making ownership less of a reality. I’ve tried the iconic Burberry trench in various styles (documented in this post) and while the Burberry version is very luxurious, the price tags, like many other luxury items, is more about the brand, and the weight of history behind it. There are many high street options you can nab at a fraction of the cost, without compromising on function or style. Sure, it won’t be lined in the iconic Burberry check fabric, and you probably won’t get the same aftermarket service that luxury houses typically offer, but spending less on a trench doesn’t necessarily mean less quality. 

In today’s post, I’m going to round up some stellar trench coat options for your wardrobe. They range from high street to contemporary labels with the priciest option in my round-up representing 10% of the RRP of the Burberry version. Huzzah!

As for the styling possibilities? They’re endless with a trench coat. We all need one (or five…) in our lives, so let’s get crackin’.

Sezane trench coat

I had read soooo many positive reviews of the Sezane trench for years, and held off buying it given my already healthy outerwear collection at the time. I decided to just go for it in my most recent order to see what the fuss was about and for those of you wondering whether it lives up to the hype? It most certainly does. The Sezane version is packed with all of the details you would expect from a premium trench – button slit at the back, premium buttons on the shoulders and cuffs, and made from organic cotton. If you find yourself priced out of a Burberry trench, the Sezane version is my top pick for the next best thing and one of the best trench coats out there.

L: Sezane trench coat (sz US 4), Power Of My People shirt* (sz M – review here), David Lawrence skirt* (sz AU 8 – similar herehere and here), Bellroy bag* (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-CCVIRGINIA1’ for 15% off); R: Sezane trench coat (sz US 4), Sezane breton striped top (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans* (sz 26), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured here)

Arket trench coat

Technically not a classic trench because of its shorter length, I had to include my Arket trench in this round-up as it’s been one of my go-to jackets during this transitional season over the past couple of years. This Arket trench continues to be released year-on-year by the brand and with good reason – it’s so easy to style, made of a premium cotton/linen mix fabric and it’s just so darn stylish. I’ve got this in both colours – beige and black – though it only seems to be available in beige at the moment. 100% recommend. I even dedicate an entire post to it here.

L: Arket short trench coat (sz XS), Arket long sleeve tee (sz XS), Everlane pants* (sz S), Celine bag (watch my review here), Converse sneakers (also here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Arket short trench coat (sz XS), Everlane jeans*, Gucci loafers (watch my styling video here), Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses

Sportscraft trench coat

The houndstooth print makes this option the “statement” trench of this line up. While it heavily features a print, I still consider it to be quite classic thanks to the monochrome palette. The style enjoys an oversized double-breasted cut, with all the trimmings you would expect from a classic trench. I’m wearing mine in a size AU 8 and there’s ample room for layering heavier knitwear when the temperature drops.

L: Sportscraft trench* (sz 8), Sezane shirt (sz US 4 / AU 8), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Bellroy bag* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses R: Sportscraft trench* (sz 8), Sezane shirt (sz US 4 / AU 8), Levi’s jeans (sz 26), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Status Anxiety sunglasses*

Marks & Spencer trench coat

This M&S trench coat has been such a workhorse in my wardrobe! It represents amazing value for money being the best priced trench out of this line up. The fabric is treated with their ‘Stormwear’ technology so it’s water repellent. And with heavy use, wrinkles don’t easily show up on this bad boy – which I appreciate considering how it sometimes rests on my arm during my commute, or how I fold and store it in my tote bag on days when I think it’s going to rain (it never does when I pack this with me – go figure). I’m typically a size AU/UK 8 and stuck with my usual size. If you’re between sizes, I would definitely size up for a more relaxed fit.

L: Marks & Spencer trench coat* (sz AU 8), Arket tee (sz S), Nelle Atelier Jeans* (sz 26), Ally shoes* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Arms of Eve earrings*, Status Anxiety sunglasses* R: Marks & Spencer trench coat* (sz AU 8), Sezane knit (sz XS – similar style here and here), Nobody Denim jeans* (sz 26), adidas Samba OG sneakers, (featured here), Gucci bag (AU linkUS linkUK link also here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

And everything else…

Aside from the 4 options I’ve shared from my own wardrobe, I’ve featured some of the best trench coats currently available that would make great additions to your outerwear rotation. There are some chic options from Mango, Everlane and Aussie brands, Country Road and Witchery.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Everything I packed for an overnight work trip and 3 pairs of proper comfy pants that make you feel put together.

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2 Comments

  1. Amanda
    March 24, 2024 / 7:10 pm

    Any suggestions for purchasing Arket from Australia or the US

    • March 26, 2024 / 10:43 am

      Arket ships to Australia – you just have to set your country to ‘International!’ Hooray!

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