The classic trench. There is only one brand that epitomizes the style that is timeless and made with such top quality that it could last a lifetime: Burberry. For over a decade, the Burberry trench has been a dream item on my wardrobe shopping list. Having purchased and worn more than three other brands made of varying materials and offering similar, but not quite the same shade of the classic khaki color (it is “honey” in the Burberry world), trying ever so hard to find a replica that would take the place of the item that was financially out of my reach, I was never pleased with the products I ended up with, at least not entirely – J.Crew came close for the price. Either too narrow in the shoulders, not the proper length for my height, cheap material or a hue that did not complement my skin tone, I continued to be on the hunt to find a brand that offered the quality and classic timelessness of a Burberry trench. So I went to the source whilst on my trip to England last week.
As you will see below in the images, the store on Regent’s Street is impressive in its multi-level interior, and presents itself more as a theater of the Burberry experience rather than a clothing store. Upon walking in the doors from the bustling Black Friday crowds, I inquired as to where I could find the classic trench coats, and I was led to the second floor where only about 5-7 trenches were hung on the rack. Why? The service was personalized. After all, if you’re purchasing a Burberry, it is an investment, and you want to make sure you get just the right fit which is precisely why I wanted to do my investigating for the right trench for my body in person – at the source.
Being someone with broad shoulders who has ripped the seams out of two trenches only to need them to be repaired, I was not about to take a guess online as to the right size or style. As well, being 5’11”, I wanted a length that while on the model appearing to hit at the knees, actually did hit at my knees. Thus, I discovered that “extra long” was the length for me (see below the image of the “extra long” trench). There is one length beyond this as well if you’re looking for a mid-calf version. And of course the style. I was shown the “slim” fit which offered just as it described, but my shoulders ruled that option out. Nope, for me, I quickly discovered I wanted the classic (again, seen below – the classic style, also known as The Kensington). The hues to choose from were honey (the classic khaki color), navy, black, stone and red. And not to be forgotten, I received the important lesson as to how to tie the belt with the knot in the front as well as in the back.
As soon as I saw the trench on, I was certain I had finally found my trench. Needless to say, my mind was eased as to knowing the purchase, while an investment to be saved up for in order to welcome into my closet, would be something that would last if not my entire lifetime, at least a couple of decades. An example in cost-per-wear and choosing quality over quantity.
Yet another point to highlight is that our individual investments in our wardrobe are indeed personal. And while a model online or in a magazine or on the runway may look utterly stunning, in order to be assured the investment is worth our hard-earned money, we need to see it on ourselves. As well, we need to know ourselves, not only physically, but with regards to our lifestyle and how we go about our everydays. So whether you gravitate toward the classic honey or maybe (as shown in the images of inspiration below) a soft blue, choose what suits you and accentuates your personality, your preferences and your strengths.
Currently Burberry is having a sale on coats here, but the classics, they unfortunately are not on the list. I have linked the coat I narrowed in on and is seen just below in the caption below, as well as added it to TSLL Capsule Wardrobe shop for future shopping if you are interested.
With all of the items we welcome into our capsule wardrobe, the key is patience, giving yourself time to explore and choosing wisely for your unique signature style. Enjoy the exploration and trust that when you find what you are looking for, you, as I did in this instance, will know when it is exactly what you are looking for.
~wearing the Burberry classic trench (Kensington) extra long, honey~
~similar, different color: The Long Chelsea Heritage trench
~in Burberry on Regent’s Street in London~
~SHOP Trench Coats below: