How to thrift a trench coat

I’ll never forget the first trench coat I bought 13 years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a purchase I wouldn’t regret because it would be an item I will wear for years to come. I still wear it every spring and fall. The beauty of the jacket is that it can be dressed up or down and it’s a thrift store staple. I’ve been thrifting trench coats for decades, here are some of my best tips:

Narrow Down Your Selection

Are you looking for a classic fit? Full length or waist length coat? Belted? Fitted or oversized? Narrowing down your selection will help make thrifting your next trench coat easier when you’re at the thrift store.

Ignore the Size and Try it on

Sizing at thrift stores can be all over the map. If something catches your eye, try it on before buying it.

Think of the cost per wear

I truly believe a high quality, classic trench is a wardrobe staple that will last for decades when cared for properly. If I find the perfect trench with a slightly higher price tag at the thrift, I will often consider splurging on that purchase, knowing my cost per wear will pay off in the long run.

Shop vintage

Vintage styles are also readily available at thrift stores. Play around with these styles and see how you can incorporate them in your wardrobe. Vintage styles run bigger and are a little boxier. Don’t hesitate to invest in a high quality trench that you can tailor to fit you perfectly.

Check the men’s section

The men’s section has a huge variety of jackets and are especially great for those who are looking for a more relaxed fit. You can often find designer vintage jackets in the men’s section like this Dior trench.

Have Fun with Colors

A neutral trench is a must-have for any wardrobe. It’s classic and styling it is truly a no brainer. I also seek out pretty spring colors like pink, green, and blue to brighten up a simple outfit.

Care for your new coat

Trench coats are usually pretty easy to care for. Some of them can be washed and / or dry-cleaned. Check the care label in your coat.

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