Although this experience has been exhausting (to say the least), I did learn a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a trench:
- Size - If you're planning to wear your trench coat year-round, be sure to consider sizing up. During the winter months, you be wearing thicker clothing, so you'll want to allow yourself a little bit of wiggle room.
- Fabric - Many of my favorite coats were 100% cotton. Although some cotton blends (i.e. ventile) can be spun very fine, this is typically not good if you're looking for something rain-resistant. A mixture of polyester is a sure sign your trench can be worn in the rain or shine.
- Details - High-end designers tend to focus a lot on style versus function and durability. Check zippers, buttons, cords, etc. to ensure they can hold up for years to come. I fell in love with a knee-length, black coat made by Michael Kors, but had to return it, because the gold buttons and zipper were made of a light plastic that was bound to break.
Do you have difficulty finding coats that fit?