I’ve been eyeing up Burberry trench coats for ages. They’re expensive, but you’d be hard-pressed to identify a more classic, wear-forever piece. But are they really worth the cost? I was curious, so I ordered several Burberry trench coats to try….as well as a few lower-cost trench coats as a point of comparison (and I found one serious contender).
The Burberry Trench Coats
I’ve had many readers over the years rave about their Burberry trench coats. They love the tailoring, the quality….and after trying them on….I totally get it. But here’s the thing I found confusing: the two Burberry trench coats I’ve been drooling over — the Kensington and the Sandringham — are glorious trench coats, sure, but they’re just….cotton. They’re not even water-resistant, nor do they have a hood. Isn’t that surprising? I was under the (mistaken) impression that all Burberry trench coats are both fancy and functional.
However. Water-resistant or not… both are insanely chic. I die.
The cut of the Kensington is very classic — not too tight, not too loose. But the armholes are nice and high so it doesn’t overwhelm, the details are perfection (there are even metal pieces on the belt to prevent it from sliding off the loops) and it’s basically just amazing. (And amazingly expensive — it retails for almost $2K.)
Burberry Kensington Mid (wearing a size 2)
The Sandringham is almost exactly like the Kensington, but with a slimmer fit. I tried the same size, but could barely raise my arms. Everything else appears to be the same as the Kensington (and they both come in mid and long lengths).
Annoying about the arms because LOOK HOW CHIC.
Burberry does make functional raincoats too, they’re just not the ones that come to mind when I think Burberry trench coat. Reader K left a glowing comment about Burberry’s Bow Park rain jacket, but it only comes in black or navy, and I reallllly wanted a classic trench. Happily, I found one that fit the bill: the Burberry Sisal. It looks like a trench but is also water-resistant, lightweight, has a detachable, super-functional hood, and all of the little details that Burberry fans rave about. Even better? The price point is half that of the Kensington and Sandringham (still a steep $795 though).
Burberry Sisal is currently sold out, but Ralph Lauren has a similar one.
I’ve been wearing London Fog coats since I was a kid. They’re seriously functional. But in the case of the London Fog Heritage Trench….it’s an almost exact replica of the Burberry! Detachable lining? Check. Water resistant? Check. Glorious (and detachable) hood? Check. Cool collar? Check.
The biggest difference is the fabric. And while my London Fog (admittedly) could use a round with the steamer (sorry — came out of the box that way)…even if we ignore the wrinkles, the London Fog fabric is a little heavier and a lot less drapey. It’s simply not as fabulous at the Burberry fabric. But…it’s a fraction of the cost at $178, and comes in both regular and petite sizes.
London Fog Heritage Trench (wearing an XS regular for reference)
Burberry vs. London Fog
One more side-by-side…..
My mom ended up going home with the London Fog (in an XS petite — she’s so tiny!!), but I currently have both hanging up in my closet. Decisions, decisions.
What are your thoughts???