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10th Commandment: January 15

It’s been a bit too warm for winter coats, so I’ve received a few e-mails asking for trench coat recommendations.  Of course, a Burberry trench is the heirloom-quality coat to which I aspire, but here are some choices in friendlier price points.

Elected Official


J.Crew Collection Icon Trench ($298)

This is the one I own, and I really like it.  The fabric is heavy, the fit is nice and the quality of the buttons and buckles is good.  There isn’t a better trench in this price range.

Hill Staffer


London Fog Heritage Trench ($178)

This is a Nordstrom exclusive item.  It comes in regular and petite, and it has a detachable liner for added warmth on chilly days.  It also comes in black, if stone isn’t your color.

Paid Intern


Asos Zip Detail Trench ($68)

Plus-size: London Fog Twill Trench with Liner ($218) Tall: Gap Classic Trench ($128)



  1. pemora says:

    this is great. i’m also curious as to how you style trench coats….i feel like i look like a creeper or very soccer mom when i wear mine.

    January 15, 2014/Reply
  2. Rebecca says:

    Hi belle, I have a trench from banana a few seasons back. I recently lost some weight and the coat is too big. Do you think it is possible to get it altered without spending a ton of money?

    January 15, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I think for the amount of money it will cost to alter it, I would buy a new one and sell the old one at Redzz or on eBay.

      January 15, 2014/Reply
  3. Kim says:

    Hi Belle, I recently just bought a trench coat from Zara and I’m thinking of altering as it is a size too large (I’m quite slender) and the smallest they have is XS. It looks a bit tricky but have you tried altering your trench coats?

    January 15, 2014/Reply
  4. Addison says:

    I just ordered the Nordstrom’s trench to replace the $50 trench I bought at Target 3 years ago. I can’t wait for it to come!

    January 15, 2014/Reply
  5. Katie says:

    Single breasted options?

    January 16, 2014/Reply
  6. GC says:

    BR has a decent trench that is lined. If you wait for a sale (which they have all the time) you can get one for a great price. That can hold you over until you can save up for the Burberry (which is my plan).

    January 21, 2014/Reply