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The Classic Trench Coat: Budget-Friendly and Petite Options



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Trench coats are a classic addition to any closet. They’re a versatile outwear item for the chilly spring and fall seasons. I often think of and admire trench coats by Burberry, one of the earliest if not the first maker of the trench coat. However, a quick look at their website is proof that their trench coats, although very lovely and would make my closet absolutely happy, are insanely pricey. A trench coat is quite an investment so budget-friendly alternatives (under $200, which I know is still quite expensive) are necessary.

Besides affordability, I think it’s particularly difficult to find trench coats that fit petite ladies well. The trench coat worn in this post is an old J.Crew purchase made years ago and prior to its offering in petite sizes, thus the too-long sleeve. Therefore, I think it’s very important that petite ladies purchase a petite size if possible. Without further ado, If you’re looking for a take on the classic trench coat that is wallet and petite-friendly, I’ve got four options for you.

LAND’S ENDS, $159Lands End Trench Coat

Whereas most companies offer only one sizing option, Land’s Ends offers this trench coat in regular (2-18), petite (2P-16P), and plus (16W-26W) sizes! This trench coat is a great alternative to the Burberry trench coat but at a tenth of the price. It is double-breasted, has the classic buckle tabs at the cuff, offers a D-ring belt, and features epaulets on the shoulder. It’s 100% cotton and is water-repellent. To get the best size, I recommend taking your measurement and comparing that to the fit & size guide.





If you’d prefer a color other than khaki, this trench coat also comes in black and a very pretty peachy-pink bisque color. It’s offered in petite (XSP-LP) and regular (XS-XL) sizes. It offers a removable-hood, has epaulets at the shoulder, a D-ring belt, and features the classic flaps. It also comes with a removable lining for added warmth. Reviewers noted that you can button this coat to the left or right and mentioned its weather-resistant ability to keep out the rain.




 HALOGEN, $198

Halogen offers the most option in its version of the trench coat. If you’re not into the traditional khaki color, you can opt for the black, coral, blue, ivory or sand color (featured). It’s offered in regular (2-16) and petite (2P-16P) sizes. It offers a removable belt and detachable hood. Do note that it is double-breasted but has fewer buttons on the front than other options, which may or may not bother you. It also is designed with pleats in the front, which gives it a flare at the lower half. Some reviewers did note that it is a bit tighter across the bust so keep that in mind when you’re ordering. Right now it is currently 33% off!



J.CREW, $298

J.Crew’s trench coat is priced higher than the rest but is worth the money spent. It’s double-breasted, comes fully lined and the material is quite stiff. It only comes in the traditional khaki color, but I think it’s important to have one classic addition to your closet. I’ve had mine for years and it still looks great. I’d keep my eyes on this one since most sizes are currently out of stock in both regular and petite sizes. However, if you’re petite, I wouldn’t go with the regular sizing since the sleeves will be too long. If you’re able to, I’d wait until J.Crew has it on sale and/or offers a promotion (J.Crew often offers promotions of 25-40% off its full-priced items).

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