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It’s probably safe to put away that winter coat right about now, but that doesn’t mean coat season is over. Iffy spring weather means keeping our options open—and the trench coat is a classic way to navigate the unpredictable rain, wind and (ohhhh, we hope not) snow that comes with the transition time.
Fortunately, trench coats work with everything from a suit to jeans to a cocktail dress. Some spring trench picks we like, under $100 apiece.
Great Trench Coats on a Budget
1. Double Breasted Trench Coat
The classic trench styling in basic black, this inexpensive version is slightly more casual with a shorter length and a cotton/poly blend … and for those of us who are trying to cut back on those pesky dry cleaning bills, it’s machine washable.
2. Denim Trench Coat
Trenchcoat, $59.95 from H&M
Denim is everywhere this spring, so finding it in trench form is really no surprise. This coat offers more than just another take on denim, however, with fun details like double-breasted styling, a notch collar and tiered ruffle back. Okay, this is not the classic investment piece you’ll keep for 20 seasons to come, but it is a relatively inexpensive piece to add to your existing wardrobe, in the interest of kicking every outfit this spring up a notch. We’re just sayin.
3. Short Trench Coat
Vince Camuto Zipper Belted Trench F8121, $95.99 from Zappos
A double breasted trench? Now that’s classic … but we also like the idea of making the trench new with a little kick of color. Nice.
4. Belted Trench Coat
Factory Belted Trench from JCrew
Budget-priced plus size trenches can be a tall order, but J Crew Factory has what we’re looking for—in a go-with-everything beige (fine, “rolled oats”) and minimal fussy details—meaning plenty of opportunity to personalize with standout accessories.
5. Black Trench Coat
Classic Trench from ASOS
This is what we think of, really, when we think of trench. While we love color and trendy fabrics, you truly cannot go wrong with neutral, all purpose, classic styling. Plus it makes us feel like Columbo.