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With over 100 years of history in fashion, you can never go wrong with a classic trench. TFG has rounded up the hottest trench coats women will love for the fall or spring season!

 


Best Women’s Trench Coat

Written By: Laura Pulling


 

 

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A versatile wardrobe staple that looks chic in any situation, you’ve got to be talking about a classic trench coat!

But, what is a trench coat? Originally designed by British brands Aquascutum and Burberry, a trench coat was a military piece, made for officers to wear in the trenches during World War I. Hence the name! With buttons, shoulder epaulets, and the famous belt, it’s a wardrobe icon.

 

 

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They have lived on and surpassed their military heyday and are loved on the catwalks and by fashionistas as a “must-have” every year. (I purchased a navy blue trench coat by Ralph Lauren five years ago and I’ve managed to wear it every year since and it still looks amazing!)

They’re great for fall, as the weather begins to transition to the colder winter months, and can even suffice in a milder winter if you layer well underneath them. They’re also a great spring coat since you can layer as needed.

Plus they are oh-so-chic to style, you can play around with the belt, have it nipped in at your waist, or worn flared open for an effortless look. And they also look stellar over any outfit (honestly, just try it!) From a date night dress to a long romper, and simple jeans. With so many gorgeous choices for coats, it can be hard to pick only one!

 

Let us help you choose—we’re hopping on the “classic” bandwagon and sharing these top picks for the best ladies trench coat!  

 

 

Best Trench Coat for Women

 

 

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Shop Regular (XS-XXL) and Plus (1X-3X) Sizes: Eddie Bauer | Amazon 

 

TFG Readers’ Pick: Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go® Rain Trench Coat With Hood

 

TFG readers love these women’s trench coats by Eddie Bauer. And we know why! This modern style has a zipper closure, unlike the traditional buttons, and secure zipper pockets, making it more convenient and easier to slip in and out of. It’s DWR finish sheds moisture, so you needn’t worry about being caught in the rain, and it has a removable hood too. 

Available in regular, tall, plus, and petite sizing, this is one of the top rated waterproof trench coats women love with over 1,200 glowing reviews! One has it as her go-to travel favorite, “This coat has a flattering fit and looks great both as a raincoat and coat for chilly weather. In the rain, the water beads up on the coat so the coat does not feel wet. It is perfect for my frequent travels to many different climates.”

Available in Regular (XS-XXL), Tall (XS-XXL), Plus (1X-3X), and Petite (XS-XL) sizes.

 

 

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Shop J.Crew: Classic Sizes 00-18 | Petite Sizes 00-12 

 

J Crew Women’s 2011 Icon Trench

 

This classic cut J. Crew khaki trench coat is just what you picture when you think “trench”, in a shade that goes with absolutely anything (it’s also the same coat as the picture in our introduction—doesn’t it look fabulous open as well!?).

Available in petite and regular sizing, this water-repellent, double-breasted coat really does deserve its iconic name. 

Reviews are great for these cute trench coats. One wearer shares, “This coat is a timeless addition to any wardrobe! The color and styling are perfect. The style of the coat, though classic, is trendy enough to make it a great complement for business or going-out attire. I have no doubt that this amazing trench is a piece that I will wear for years to come!”

 

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Shop Regular (XS-XXL) and Plus (1X-3X) Sizes: Amazon | Columbia | Zappos | Backcountry 

 

Columbia Pardon My Trench Jacket Women’s 

 

One of TFG readers’ favorites is the Columbia rain trench coat! It’s a modern, short trench coat with a hood that has a water-resistant construction for lightweight coverage on drizzly days. Plus it comes in an extended size range from XS-XXL and 1X-3X, and in over 15 color options including cute pastels and even a bold red trench coat.

Reviews are fabulous for this lightweight trench coat, with lots of people owning it for travel, one shares, “This is the perfect spring/fall trench coat. Light enough to wear on balmy wet days, layer up with a sweater for cooler days. Excellent fit and great for packing on trips.”

 

Find out why Anatomie Kenya Jacket is the best travel jacket ever!

 

 

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Shop XS-XL: Banana Republic

 

Banana Republic Water-Resistant Classic Trench Coat Womens

 

SO CHIC! We love this water-resistant Banana Republic beige trench coat so much. It has a classic style and detailing, like the military trench coat of a bygone era, but still beautiful in today’s modern times. Plus it comes in regular and petite sizing.

Reviews are outstanding for these fashionable trench coats. One owner gushes, “I have wanted a classic trench—what I call my Sherlock Holmes detective trench coat—for years, and I was so excited to have found this one. I just received it today, and it’s wonderful! It’s warm and incredibly comfortable.”

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom

 

London Fog Women’s Double Breasted Trench Coat With Removable Hood

 

For a classic neutral shade, that’s a little easier to keep clean, try this luxe London Fog burgundy trench coat. This brand is TFG editor-in-chief Alex’s favorite for jackets that are well-built and long-lasting. This water-resistant trench coat with a removable hood will last you for years to come—a sound investment buy!

Wearers love these London Fog trench coats womens styling, saying that “the cut and fabric is great,” and the quality is “made to last.” Plus it comes in three different colors. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon 

London Fog Women’s Trench Coat With Hood

 

For an easy to dress up or down option, check out this trench by London Fog. This versatile, (not full length, but long) black trench coat, has a removable hood and a single breasted, button closure. 

Reviews are great for these London Fog trench coats womens styles. One wearer shares, “I love this womens black trench coat, it’s waterproof and windproof. The removable hood is perfect for extra stormy days. It’s warmer than expected which is a pleasant surprise. I’m impressed with the quality of the fabric.”

 

These are the most popular rain jackets for travel!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL and 1X-2X: Amazon | The North Face 

 

The North Face City Breeze Women Rain Trench Coats

 

Not all trench coats are waterproof, but this North Face grey trench coat is! If you’re going somewhere very rainy, it’s the perfect pick to keep you warm and dry. This modern coat may not have the belt and buttons of traditional trench coat styles, but the adjustable waist will flatter your figure and keep you protected from the elements.

Wearers adore this waterproof trench coat womens style, one explains,  “This is a great looking jacket that bridges the gap between a traditional trench coat and a rain jacket. The fabric is so nice and makes this jacket polished enough for work and casual enough for play. Love it!”

 

 

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Shop Regular (XS-XXL) and Plus (1X-3X) Sizes: Amazon | Amazon more colors | Columbia 

 

Columbia Carson Pass II Trench Jacket

 

If it is rainy and cold, bring something heavy-duty like TFG editor-in-chief Alex’s go-to winter trench coat: the Columbia Carson Pass jacket. (Read her full review here!)

Available in a ton of colors, including this white trench coat, its belted style is adored by reviewers who give it a ton of 5-star ratings. They share that the Omni-heat technology and fluffy hood keep you warm, even in negative temperatures, and it’s SO stylish too. 

Available in Regular (XS-XXL) and Plus (1X-3X) Sizes. 

 

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Madewell

 

Madewell Sedgwick Camel Trench Coat Women

 

A popular brand with TFG readers, Madewell offers this stylish long brown trench coat. Made from lightweight cotton twill, it may not be the best for wet days but looks like a dream for creating a chic trench coat outfit. Wear it open or properly fastened for different looks, and this clever spring trench coat womens style has a cool design detail too—not only is the belt removable, but you can take off the belt loops too!

 

See what our readers ranked as the best packable rain jacket to travel with!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom 

 

Cole Haan Waterproof Double Breasted Trench Coat With Hood

 

Cole Haan is a popular brand and this belted trench coat womens style will surely keep you dry on any adventure. It’s comfortably lined with a removable hood and classic notched lapels and belted cuffs.  

Comes in a multitude of colors. A great all-weather coat, this chic piece will stick with you for multiple years!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon 

 

Via Spiga Single Breasted Belted Trench Coat 

 

The Via Spiga short trench coat womens style offers a slightly more modern take on the classic cut. This asymmetrical style is a little like a windbreaker, in a tech-shell, water-resistant fabric, but with the style points from a trench.

The beige, navy or very pale purple trench coat selections are great for layering and also pack well for travel, wearers have worn this trench coat all over Europe saying it was perfect for the weather and “I walked through heavy rain for 20 minutes and it kept me dry”. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes 0-16: Nordstrom | Farfetch | Harrods 

 

Burberry Kensington Womens Long Trench Coat

 

We had to include it, considering it’s the Granddaddy of the style, but coming in at a tad over our normal TFG budget is the Kesnsington trench coat by Burberry. This designer trench coat is the original, so we can’t complain about the aesthetic features—simply put, it’s divine! 

This weather-defying Burberry trench has the traditional check lining and will be a wardrobe staple forever, without you having to replace it for several years. 

 

TFG readers recommend their favorite travel vest womens styles!

 

 

Womens Trench Coat Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Best Trench Coat for Women
TFG Readers’ Pick: Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go® Rain Trench Coat With Hood “This coat has a flattering fit and looks great both as a raincoat and coat for chilly weather. In the rain, the water beads up on the coat so the coat does not feel wet. It is perfect for my frequent travels to many different climates.” Check Price
J Crew Women's 2011 Icon Trench “This coat is a timeless addition to any wardrobe! The color and styling are perfect. The style of the coat, though classic, is trendy enough to make it a great complement for business or going-out attire. I have no doubt that this amazing trench is a piece that I will wear for years to come!” Check Price
Columbia Pardon My Trench Jacket Women's  “This is the perfect spring/fall trench coat. Light enough to wear on balmy wet days, layer up with a sweater for cooler days. Excellent fit and great for packing on trips.” Check Price
Banana Republic Water-Resistant Classic Trench Coat Womens “I have wanted a classic trench—what I call my Sherlock Holmes detective trench coat—for years, and I was so excited to have found this one. I just received it today, and it's wonderful! It's warm and incredibly comfortable.” Check Price
London Fog Women's Double Breasted Trench Coat With Removable Hood Wearers love these London Fog trench coats womens styling, saying that “the cut and fabric is great,” and the quality is “made to last.” Check Price
LONDON FOG Women's Trench Coat With Hood “I love this womens black trench coat, it’s waterproof and windproof. The removable hood is perfect for extra stormy days. It’s warmer than expected which is a pleasant surprise. I’m impressed with the quality of the fabric.” Check Price
The North Face City Breeze Women Rain Trench Coats “This is a great looking jacket that bridges the gap between a traditional trench coat and a rain jacket. The fabric is so nice and makes this jacket polished enough for work and casual enough for play. Love it!” Check Price
Columbia Carson Pass II Trench Jacket Its belted style is adored by reviewers who give it a ton of 5-star ratings. They share that the Omni-heat technology and fluffy hood keep you warm, even in negative temperatures, and it’s SO stylish too.  Check Price
Madewell Sedgwick Camel Trench Coat Women Made from lightweight cotton twill, it may not be the best for wet days, but looks like a dream for creating a chic trench coat outfit. Check Price
Cole Haan Waterproof Double Breasted Trench Coat With Hood Cole Haan is a popular brand and this belted trench coat womens style will surely keep you dry on any adventure. It's comfortably lined with a removable hood and classic notched lapels and belted cuffs.   Check Price
Via Spiga Single Breasted Belted Trench Coat  The Via Spiga short trench coat womens style offers a slightly more modern take on the classic cut. This asymmetrical style is a little like a windbreaker, in a tech-shell, water-resistant fabric, but with the style points from a trench. Check Price
Burberry Kensington Womens Long Trench Coat This weather defying Burberry trench has the traditional check lining, and will be a wardrobe staple forever, without you having to replace it for several years.  Check Price

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Womens Trench Coats

 

Now that you’ve done a trench review of which coat is best for you, it’s time to pack it! Start with packing cubes; they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.

 

Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped many women travel carry-on only!

 

 


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