A Burberry trench coat is probably the most iconic piece of outerwear there is. Synonymous with classic, effortless elegance, simply slipping it over any outfit is enough to catapult you into the realms of the seriously stylish.
When building your capsule wardrobe, it's not enough to just think about the best jeans and t-shirts, while you might not consider outerwear as part of your main wardrobe, having the right collection of coats will ensure that you look stylish whatever the weather. A trench coat is an ideal item to invest in as we head into Fall. A wardrobe essential, this lightweight piece of outerwear is often also one of the best waterproof jacket styles on the market, but unlike the rubberized versions you might wear for a country walk, the best trench coats are smartly tailored and beautifully crafted, for a coat that offers sartorial elegance, even in a sudden downpour.
Designed in the early 20th century and patented by Thomas Burberry in 1912, the trench coat was originally created as part of Britain's official military uniform. Made from durable, weatherproof gaberdine, it was first worn by soldiers in the Normandy trenches - hence its name. Since then, the iconic trench coat silhouette has become a must-have style for men and women and despite how many brands make an iteration of this classic style, a trench coat by British designer brand Burberry, is still considered one of the most timeless pieces of clothing you can own.
Why a Burberry trench coat is worth the investment
When it comes to investment purchases, most people automatically turn their attention to the best designer bags, but a Burberry trench coat, while it may not hold its value in the same way as the best Chanel bags, still has the potential to last you a lifetime. Just as with any well-made item you purchase, look after it, and in the long run, it will return the favor.
Crafted in England by expert tailors, the Burberry trench coat remains at the pinnacle of exquisite quality and style and will never go out of fashion, ensuring you can wear it season after season. It takes one year for each specialist to learn the stitching of the trench coat’s collar, which is handmade using more than 180 stitches. And such credentials don’t come cheap. Available from around $2,000 (£1,700), a Burberry trench coat is made to last. Pairing with everything from your best dresses to your fave jeans and even on-trend Chelsea boots, there is no look that a Burberry trench coat can’t enhance.
Today, multiple iterations have been borne of the original, incorporating unique details and features for all tastes, which means that there is a style for every shape. While classic camel, black and navy interpretations will always have the most longevity in terms of style, any well-tailored Burberry trench coat is a good investment. At the start of the winter season, remember to dry-clean your coat and put it away, so that it's ready for the start of the next season.
Here’s our guide to help you to decide which Burberry trench coat will work for your shape.
How to pick the best Burberry coat for your shape
The Best Burberry Trench Coats for Tall Women
When making a purchase, the first thing to consider is length. The right hemline can make or break a trench, so it pays to get it right. Those with a tall build should opt for a longer-line coat to play to their elongated silhouette. Due to a lengthier frame, longer-line coats won’t swamp them but will help the eye to be drawn up and down the body. This also can make you look leaner as it streamlines your appearance and avoids cutting your outfit in several different places.
A Note on Print and Pattern
When it comes to choosing whether you go for a plain or printed coat, tall builds often can often carry off louder prints and patterns. The classic Burberry plaid - also known as the Haymarket Check, was introduced in the 1920s and is as synonymous with the house of Burberry as their trench coat. Largely used as a lining print, in recent times, Burberry has played with print, migrating it to the outside of the coat for a more fashion-forward look. The medium-sized square and fine-lined print is surprisingly versatile and largely flattering on most. However louder iterations of the print and bolder patterned styles that have emerged in recent seasons sit best with taller frames that can carry off what can otherwise be an overwhelming pattern.
RRP: $2,490 / £1,790 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Long | Colors: Honey and Midnight
Made in the brand's signature cotton gabardine, it is a classic fit but with a longer finish. Check out the pop of heritage Burberry check under the collar and all the signature details including epaulettes, hook-and-eye collar closure, gun flap, belted cuffs, storm shield and D-ring belt.
RRP: $2,490 / £1790 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Long | Colors: Honey, Black, Oceanic Blue, Camel
A relaxed, longline silhouette with raglan sleeves, this style is great for layering. Featuring the brand's signature check lining for a pop of color, it is finished with Burberry's iconic epaulettes, hook-and-eye collar closure, gun flap, belted cuffs, D-ring belt and storm shield.
RRP: $2,490 / £1790 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Long | Colors: Midnight and Honey
A slim-fit trench coat with narrowed shoulders and nipped-in waist, for those that are tall and lean. This archived-inspired style is an absolute classic and features the timeless check print under the collar for added detail. Belt the coat to show off the softly flared silhouette of the skirt of the coat.
RRP: $2,990 / £2,090 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Long | Colors: Soft Fawn
Celebrating the brand's heritage check and the iconic Thomas Burberry monogram, this cotton Gabardine fabric is crease-resistant to ensure you always look and feel well turned out. Though the print is bold it has been subtly injected through the lining for a directional finish.
RRP: $2,490 / £1,790 | Sizes: US: 0-12 / UK: 2-14 | Length: Long | Color: Dark Olive Green
Neutral hues are back in a big way for the Fall 2022 fashion trends and this delectable dark olive green will easily slot into a winter wardrobe. A timeless colorway, the iconic Burberry check is also utilized as part of the lining and under the color and leather buckles, for an elegant and discreet look.
RRP: $2,590 / £1,850 | Size: US: 0-14 / UK: 2-16 | Length: Long | Colors: Caramel
With a relaxed fit, this Burberry trench coat is a modern take on a classic design and features logo engraved press studs and the brand's vintage check lining. Made from 100% cotton through the body, this will have great breathability, ideal for Fall weather, where it can be both warm and wet.
The Best Burberry Trench Coats for Petite Women
When looking at the best coat trends 2022, there is little distinction made for various heights, so if you’ve been left wondering if a Burberry trench coat can work for petites, then you’ll be thrilled to know the answer is, yes, but there are some things to consider.
If you’re petite, it’s best to go with a shorter-length coat which will work best with your proportions and won’t drown you. As a designer brand, producing an exclusive and detailed product, Burberry has really considered how its products will work for different heights and have trench coats that come in both short and regular lengths. The Burberry short coats are 90cms, which hits around mid-thigh, a great length for petites as it will balance your proportions. For those looking for something that skims the knee, they also do a 100cm version too.
A Note on Print and Pattern...
While the classic Burberry Haymarket Check in a small fine print is largely flattering for all, if you’re nervous about being overwhelmed, opt for a block color or invest in a plain style, and turn up the cuffs a fold or two to reveal just a hint of the check, a chic and subtle way to show off your Burberry buy.
RRP: $2,490 / £1,790 | Size Range: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: short | Colors: Honey & Black
A narrow silhouette with the brand's signature cotton gabardine, it has all the classic detailing and trappings you’d expect (storm flaps, waist belt and epaulettes) and comes in a honey color.
RRP: $1,350 / £950 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: short | Colors: Honey & Black
Made in Burberry’s Kensington fit, which is a classic silhouette, the Taffeta coat has been updated to include a detachable hood, fabulously innovative when heading into April showers territory.
RRP: $2,950 / £1,890 | Size Range: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Short | Colors: Honey
Made from bespoke cotton gabardine, the coat is crease-resistant and features a printed collar, giving an update to the classic Burberry trench coat. Lined in the brand's archival vintage check.
RRP: $2,590 / £1,850 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Short and Regular | Colors: Soft Fawn
This shorter trench coat gives you maximum style in a figure-flattering silhouette. The checked revere collar creates an illusion panel down the center of the coat, elongating your frame.
RRP: $2,590 / £1890 | Sizes: UK: 2-14 | Length: Regular | Colors: Honey
Don’t let print overwhelm you. Opt for a block color with just a hint of print such as turnback cuffs and collars for added interest and detail. We love the vintage print poking through on this coat.
RRP: $2,690 / £1950 | Sizes: US: 00-16 / UK: 2-14 | Length: Regular | Colors: Camel, Honey, Black, Warm Walnut
Use the belt to nip in your waist, while the contrast check paneling down the center of the coat will elongate your frame by drawing the eye up and down the body.
The Best Burberry Trench Coats for Curvy Women
Perhaps the reason for the popularity of the Burberry trench coat is its ability to flatter all silhouettes. A trench coat will work easily on apple body shapes, curvy figures and those with bigger busts and there are even a few ways to style them too, depending on the look you want.
Want to show off your curves? Use your trench coats self-fabric belt to cinch yourself in at the waist, this will instantly highlight curves and help to create a more hourglass body shape - you can even swap the fabric belt out for a statement leather belt to really customize your look. If you’re not a fan of belts, then look for slightly more tailored styles, that nip in at the waist, doing the job of the belt for you.
Want to appear taller and more streamlined? Opt for a style that hangs from the shoulders and skims the body. Wear your coat open, over a sweater or any of your best shirts to create a centralized panel. This will draw the eye up and down your body, adding extra height to your frame, no heels required.
The trench coat is quite an androgynous style and often is cut with double-breasted buttons. This can be quite bulky and boxy on curvy frames, so look for single-breasted styles of this classic look.
RRP: $1,350 / £950 | Sizes: US: 00-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Short | Colors: Caramel
Draw attention to your waist and create hourglass curves with this clever belted Burberry trench coat. The warming caramel hue is universally flattering, while the detachable hood allows you to combine smart outerwear with practicality.
RRP: $1790 / £1381 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Honey
A weightless trench that's softly tailored, this trench design has a figure flattering straight cut, which slips easily over other layers. Featuring classic Burberry hook-and-eye collar closure, button-tab cuffs, and check undercollar.
RRP: $4,590 / £3,290 | Sizes: US: 0-12 / UK: 2-14 | Length: Regular | Colors: Dark Birch Brown
This wool jacquard trench coat with chevron check is a real piece of statement outerwear Giving nods to Burberry through the check print. The central panel design acts as a way of drawing the eye to the middle, narrowing your shape.
The Best Burberry Trench Coats for Rectangular Shapes
A rectangle shape is largely considered model-esque, meaning most styles will suit your frame. While rectangles aren’t always tall, they are slender meaning they can carry off both fitted styles and oversized silhouettes.
For tall women who want to add volume to their shape, opting for an oversized trench coat that hangs from the shoulders can be an incredibly chic look and one that is particularly popular with the fashion crowd. Oversized silhouettes also have a nonchalant, androgynous appeal which never fails to look stylish. Look out for added detail such as drop shoulders or large epaulettes to add interest to this aesthetic. The classic double-breasted style of a Burberry trench coat is a brilliant way of adding shape and structure. The double horn button detailing running down the front is very flattering and adds shapes.
RRP: $2,250 / £1650 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Honey, Black, and Midnight
A modern spin on the classic-fit trench with an archive-inspired style and a streamlined silhouette. Fashioned in the brand's signature cotton gabardine, pop the collar for a flash of vintage heritage check.
RRP: $2,990 / £2,190 | Sizes: US: 0-12 / UK: 2-14 | Length: Regular | Colors: Soft Fawn
Crafted from Italian woven silk, this is the classic Kensington coat reimagined. Ideal for rectangular body shapes, the longer line will elongate your frame, while the belt can help you to create added curves should you so choose.
RRP: £1,490 (UK only) | Sizes: UK: 2-16 | Length: Regular | Colors: Soft Fawn
In a soft fawn hue, the funnel neck on this coat offers added protection from the elements this fall and serves as a proportion lengthener. With an unusual zip closure, the self fabric belt will help to define your silhouette.
How to choose the right color Burberry Trench coat
Warm skin tones
If your skin is warmer in tone, warm colors such as honey, olive and tan will suit you best. These are great all year through colors, as they team well with lighter neutrals for spring and navy and brown for fall. If you're still wondering, we have a full guide to 'what color suits me' to help you navigate this.
RRP: $2,590 / £1,890 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 0-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Camel
A classic camel coat, this trench is cut to the brand's Kensington fit and features a tonal logo graphic emblazoned on the back. With a double-breasted front, vintage check lining and leather belt buckle for a smart finish.
RRP: $5,900 / £4,490 | Sizes: US: 0-12 / UK: 2-14 | Length: Regular | Colors: Dark Truffle Brown
The best leather jackets never date and this dark chocolate brown trench coat in sumptuous leather is a piece you can wear now but love for a lifetime. Ideal as we head into Fall it will team well with other neutral hues.
RRP: $2,890 / £1,990 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Camel
Offering a refresh to the classic Burberry trench coat, this design features the same waterproof fabric but finished with a front, press stud flap for a chic new look. The gorgeous caramel hue is ideal for warm skin tones.
Cool skin tones
Cool skin tones suit cooler colors so reaching for styles in versatile grey or navy is a good idea. As the Burberry trench coat has grown in popularity, so too has the availability of styles and colors it comes in. When it comes to neutrals, cooler beige tones rather than warm honey will suit you best.
RRP: $2,590 / £1,890 | Sizes: US: 0-16 / UK: 2-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Black
Combining the best of both, this coat offers a block colored body in a dark hue, trimmed with the brand's classic vintage check on the collar for added detail. Cut to a regular fit, this coat features a knee-length finish.
RRP: $3,890 / £2,790 | Sizes: US: 0-14 / UK: 02-16 | Length: Regular | Colors: Soft Fawn
In Italian woven cashmere, this beautiful soft fawn colored coat is one that you will treasure forever. An ideal partner for the fall 2022 fashion trends, this sumptuous coat will keep you cozy as temperatures dip.
RRP: £1,890 (UK only)| Sizes: UK: 0-18 | Length: Regular | Colors: Black
Cut to the Kensington fit, this coat is made from Italian-woven, viscose, lined with silk for an extra luxurious feel on the inside. With a double-breasted closure and leather buckles, this coat has all the classic Burberry trench coat hallmarks.
What makes a Burberry Trench coat so iconic?
Burberry’s popularity dates back dates decades. The appeal of the Burberry trench was bolstered by society's elite and exclusive entertainment scene. During the 1940s, the Burberry trench hit the silver screen catapulting it into mass consciousness. Famously worn by Humphrey Bogart while uttering the unforgettable line “here’s looking at you, kid” Bogart was filmed wearing a camel edition of the now iconic style. And while this moment set the Burberry trench coat on an upward trajectory, it was an appearance on Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s that cemented the coat as a style classic.
In the years since, the trench has been worn by the best-dressed around, from Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot to Alexa Chung and Gwyneth Paltrow. It even has the royal stamp of approval having been worn by Princess Diana and the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.