An Honest Review of the Burberry Trench Coat

You’ve probably seen or at least heard someone talk about the coveted Burberry trench coat. Which means you probably also know that it is VERY expensive. A few years ago, I bought this Burberry trench coat to put it to the test…

If you’re looking for more info on how trench coats can instantly elevate a look or five ways to wear a trench, make sure you check out those posts. They’re oldies but goodies and can give you some ideas on how you can potentially wear this versatile (yet expensive) piece.

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Burberry's Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat Review: Is The Iconic Burberry Trench Worth It?

Burberry’s Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat

The Burberry trench I got is the Chelsea Heritage Slim-Fit. If you wear trench coats a lot and you want to invest in the highest quality trench coat possible, this is it! It’s flattering, feels amazing, and will keep you warm and dry in the rain! That may seem like a given, but actually, MANY trench coats are not waterproof or even water-resistant. Crazy, I know. I am SO glad I tried this iconic trench coat! The other super popular Burberry trench you might want to try is the Burberry Kensington in black or tan or their Waterloo trench coat. All of these coats have beautiful details like the straps around the arms and the buttons.

Comparing Burberry’s Chelsea Trench, Kensington Trench, and Westminster Trench Coats

Burberry creates 3 different regular-length, mid-length, and long trench coat silhouettes – the Chelsea trench coat, the Kensington trench coat, and the Westminster trench coat. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the 3 styles and what length you prefer if you’re considering purchasing this investment piece!

The Chelsea Heritage Trench

The Chelsea silhouette is the slimmest of Burberry’s 3 silhouettes. It has narrow shoulders and a nipped-in waist that will appear flared and tailored, even when leaving the coat open over your outfit. You might consider sizing up in this silhouette if you live in a cold climate and plan to layer sweaters under your trench. You can choose between long, mid, and short lengths for this style.

The Kensington Heritage Trench

The Kensington silhouette is Burberry’s classic-fit option. The coat is straight and streamlined, allowing for light layering underneath. It has a slightly tapered waist for a more modern feel, but won’t appear snug. You can choose between long, short, and mid length for this style as well.

The Waterloo Trench Coat

Burberry’s Waterloo trench is the most relaxed of their three silhouettes. It features all of the same qualities (water resistant, check print undercollar, storm shield, etc) as their other trench coats, but gives you the most room to layer a bulky sweater underneath. It only comes in the long length, which is something to consider.

Shop more Burberry trenches here.

is the Burberry Trench worth it?

Drumroll Please! My Honest Verdict Is…

This Burberry Trench is NOT Worth It!!

I’d say that if you have the money, know you’re going to wear it a ton, and you think it’s worth it…then go for it! It is a VERY luxe and beautiful wardrobe basic. But the price tag is hefty. It’s hard to make that jump when you know that you can get the same chic look at a much lower price. I have an old Veronica Beard trench (unfortunately sold out) that I still love so I decided to return the Burberry trench.

Know your budget and make sure to look at the other affordable trench coat options below to make your final decision! I am a BIG fan of the London Fog trench coats, which are also water-resistant and much less expensive. Read the product descriptions before buying your trench coat to make sure it’s water-resistant or waterproof.

wearing Club Monaco champagne colored trench coat, white jeans, boots

Other Classic Trench Coat Alternatives to Burberry

Like I said, the Burberry trench is expensive. So, of course, I’m sharing some more affordable options too! These are some of the best trench coats at a lower price point!

J.Crew Trench
Banana Republic Trench
London Fog Trench
Sam Edelman Trench
Everlane Trench
Jenni Kayne Trench
Veronica Beard Trench

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19 thoughts on “An Honest Review of the Burberry Trench Coat

    1. Hi Anny. Thanks for expressing your feedback. There are so many items that I try out as part of my job here…I don’t love them all. It’s still important to me that I am honest with this community so that you can make the best, most informed decisions. ~Erin xo

  1. I purchased the JCrew trench in green, on sale. I love it, it has a detachable hood also, which is great when it’s pouring and your hands are full and can’t hold an umbrella.

  2. Love your honesty on this one. The Banana Republic one is awesome and another one I have is from River Island, really great detail and style too.

    1. Thanks for reading this one, Roberta! So many great options. I’m glad you have found one you love too! ~Erin xo

  3. I agree wholeheartedly with you Erin! I went into a Burberry store and tried a few on. They were beautiful, but in the end I searched and found a gorgeous Brooks Brothers lined trench on Poshmark that was in pristine condition. I have no regrets.

  4. Sorry but no comparison to the Veronica Beard. The Burberry is my favorite trench. I’ve had mine forever (bought on my first trip to London in the early 90s) and it still looks impeccable. It’s traveled with me around the world; I consider it one of my best purchases ever❤️

    1. So glad you love it Marti! This is just my own opinion, and I know that the Burberry is definitely favored by many, but I have others I have loved more. Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your own review!! ~Erin xo

  5. I must admit there are so many more affordable, and equally well constructed trench coats that i would never pay the ridiculous amount of money they are asking for it…..what really caught my eye is that despite that crazy cost the fabric still looks crinkled, and very un-elegant from a visiual perspective….perhaps it needed ironing/steaming but still…if the fabric does not handle itself under stress conditions, then why spend that kind of money for it….

  6. I love this post so much! I always admired the burberry treNch coats… but never took the plunge. I am still on the lookout for a great tRench, so i’m elated you made a List of ones you like and recommend!
    Thanks eriN ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Erin… While i was reading your review of the BurbErry (which i could never afford nor would spend$$$$$ – i travel a lot snd yo London often and i absolutely loVe my two London Fog trench coats (one tan – one Black) AWESOMENESS …. always looks good!!! (And i dOnt have to sleep In my car lol)

  8. I read quite a few fashioN blogs anD you are the first to admit an item was not worth the purchase , from a monetary vIew that is ????

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