Burberry trench coats, macs and car coats are gorgeous but they are also terribly expensive. For a more affordable trench or mac, try these stylish alternatives on for size.
I love the look of a belted trench coat. Often it has been hard to find options beyond spectacular-yet-pricey Burberry jackets. Over the past several years of research, these trench coat options from innovative fashion brands stand out:
Affordable Trench Coats for Men and Women
A number of iconic and innovative fashion brands offer affordable macs and trenches for both men and women:
Aquascutum is an iconic British brand founded back in 1851 on Regent Street in London. Their womenswear line began in 1900 and was adopted by British suffragettes. Despite a number of ownership changes in recent years and some financial troubles, Aquascutum remains one of the best affordable alternatives to Burberry for military-inspired trench coats for both men and women. The company sells a wide range of styles including double breasted coats, belted trenches, hidden placket models and more.
Hockerty and Sumissura
For custom trench coats, try European fashion brands Hockerty and Sumissura. Entrepreneur Andreu Fernández founded menswear brand Hockerty in 2008 as Tailor4Less. In 2013, Fernandez launched Sumissura, a custom tailoring line for women. See Hockerty for a tailored trench coat for men, where you can customize the length, colors, buttons, single vs. double breasted look and fit. Visit Sumissura to get a custom-fit trench coat for women.
Asos was founded in 1999 by two Brits, Nick Robertson and Quentin Griffiths. The acronym ASOS stands for “As Seen On Screen,” reflecting the founders’ desire to emulate looks for men and women seen on celebrities and in cinema. As you might expect for a British brand, Asos delivers a series of super-affordable trench coats for men and attractive options for women, many of which are under $100, including double-breasted, single breasted, and belted options. (Don’t expect the same materials or finishes as Burberry at this price point.)
COS, a fashion concept launched in 2007 under H&M by its Swedish CEO Karl-Johan Erling Göran Persson, focuses on minimalist fashion basics and is a step up in price from H&M’s fast fashion pieces. It offers edgy trench coats for men like a linen bonded mac and lightweight cotton trench, and minimalist trench options for women like a belted duster coat and a long organic cotton mac.
UK-based Peregrine makes one attractive Made-in-Britain bonded mac for men. They make plenty of raincoats for women as well.
Additional Mac and Trench Coat Options for Men
Several menswear-only brands offer even more choices for trench coats and macs for men:
Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill founded American Trench back in 2013 in Philadelphia to offer a made-in-America trench coat. The entrepreneurs offer a classic and remarkably affordable American-made trench coat in navy and khaki.
Bonobos is one of our favorite innovative menswear brands for their stylish fit, colorful approach to a man’s wardrobe and the service and integration they provide between their online platform and series of guide shops. They don’t offer a wide range of trench coats, but their hidden placket, single-breasted trench for men is a good option.
They call them raincoats, but Charles Tyrwhitt offers a small and affordable selection of macs and trench coats for men.
Founded by Thomas Harvie and George Hudson in 1949, Harvie and Hudson has added flair to London’s Jermyn Street for decades with their signature, colorful H&H stripe. The company offers a simple and extremely affordable single-breasted luxury waterproof mac in beige and navy.
Netherlands-founded menswear startup Suit Supply pushes the envelope with impeccably-tailored, slightly-flashy men’s suiting and casual wear. They offer a range of bold cotton trench coats for men that will make a statement.
New York fashion entrepreneur Todd Snyder is one of our favorite elevated alternatives to J. Crew for men. Through its flagship store on Madison Ave in New York City and online, Snyder sells a range of envy-inducing tuxedos and suits, casual button downs, denim, accessories and more. Todd Snyder sells a gorgeous made in New York reversible trench, which doesn’t come cheap, and a more reasonably-priced khaki trench.
Private White VC is “the last remaining clothing factory from the world’s first industrial city,” Manchester in the United Kingdom. The company makes “Made in Britain” macs and trenches starting at under $700 as of this writing. I particularly like the timeless Ventile Mac 3.0, the company’s signature single-breasted cotton raincoat, which is the “cornerstone” of their operations.
More Alternatives to Burberry Trench Coats for Women
Look to the following brands for trenches for women (but not for men):
Blogger-turned-entrepreneur-turned-style icon Arielle Charnas first launched her blog and then her own fashion line in collaboration with Nordstrom. Her collection, available via Nordstrom, includes a number of unique and attractive trench coats, including this gorgeous elongated lavender trench.
Founded by the son of former J Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, Alex Mill relaunched with a full-fledged line of clothing for men and women. Right now, though the company does not offer a trench for men, they offer what they call a balmacaan jacket for women. We call it a trench.
This ethical apparel startup, which is another one of my favorite brands for men, also specializes in elevated basics for women. Everlane’s double-breasted, belted Drape Trench Coat is an extremely affordable alternative to Burberry. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t make a similar option for men (at least as of this writing. Hope springs eternal.)
About JakeJake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and/or fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.
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