Last week we talked about the ever-classic Burberry trench coat (read my reviews), which is undoubtedly one of the most loved pieces in my wardrobe! Over the years I’ve gotten so many requests for budget-friendly alternatives, thus I went on a trench quest across a variety of brands. I made sure all the options in today’s post also come in petite sizing, to help minimize the need for alterations! Without further ado, here’s the review lineup ranked in order of retail price (not factoring in discounts, which can occasionally be sizable):
ASOS Petite Classic Trench Coat
Sizes: Petite 00 – 12
Bottom Line: Darker tan option available in small petite sizing for under $90
I love ASOS for their small petite sizing, but have to admit I usually shop there for trendier items and not “classic” ones. The first thing I noticed is that the outer material on this looks and feels like regular cotton (it’s a cotton-poly blend), unlike most trenches in this post which have some sort of water-repellant fabric with a sheen to it. Not necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for. The 00P hit me around mid-thigh and has a nipped in waist and full lining. The belt is on the shorter side, which some people will like (I prefer my trench belts a little longer in order to tie a bow). This jacket didn’t wow me or anything, but I didn’t think it was bad for the affordable price.
Express Classic Trench with Trapunto Stitch Sash
Sizes: Petite XS – L, Regular XXS-XL
Bottom line: Shorter-length with a thicker, wrinkle-resistant material. However, most petite sizes are sold out (hopefully they will be restocked).
I’ve mentioned this one a few times before – I have it in xsp which is a little loose on me, so am really hoping they’ll add xxsp and re-stock the other sizes, too. This is a shorter trench, so petite ladies could potentially try the longer regular sizing, and get the sleeves shortened and the belt loops moved up (waiting for a sale can help make up for alteration costs). With their regular sizing, I’d also suggest going one down from your usual petite size if possible. I personally love the material of this jacket. It has a good weight/thickness to it, feels rain-repellant, and is great for travel!
London Fog Heritage Trench Coat (with liner)
Sizes: Petite XS – L, Regular XS – XL
Bottom line: Versatile and water-repellant with detachable hood and liner vest. Unfortunately, sizing only starts at petite XS and runs big.
For those who typically wear petite size small or above, I thought this was a very good option. Don’t go off the lackluster pictures here, since it’s not the right size for me. This jacket has many of the timeless trench coat design elements, a detachable hood to keep your head dry, plus a removable quilted liner vest that will carry you into chillier days. I’m bummed they don’t make this in smaller petite sizing, especially since the overall fit of London Fog as a brand is on the roomier side. I didn’t expect this to fit me because I know it’s not my size, but it still feels bigger than other XSP jackets I’ve tried on (especially when the liner is removed). I’d recommend trying one size down, if available.
Another one from London Fog – this is the first one I’ve seen in xxs petite, so it might be a Macy’s exclusive size. The material is lighter weight than the other options in this post, with a raincoat-material feel. I found this to fit true to size compared to American brands (thus, bigger than ASOS), with a looser casual cut instead of slim/fitted. Size xxsp hits me right above the knees and leaves me with plenty of room to layer. It’s unfortunately almost out of stock in the khaki and navy (all sizes are still available in black), but I hope some of you were able to pick one up when I last mentioned this in a blog post.
Banana Republic Belted Mac Trench
Sizes: Petite XXS – L, Regular XS – XL
Bottom line: Jacket is unlined (whyyy).
A year or two ago, I think BR would’ve been the first place I’d turn to for a reasonably-priced, classic petite trench. Their options this year have very mixed reviews, with complaints about the material and the lack of a lining. This one looks fine from the outside and fits true to size, but I think most shoppers will want a lining on a trench coat. BR does have another option that’s lined, but I didn’t order it to try because the reviews were lukewarm.
J.Crew Icon Trench Coat (current version)
Sizes: Petite 000-12, Regular 000-16
Bottom line: Classic, slimmer-fit option available in a tiny petite size.
J.Crew has been making their cotton icon trench for a while, and added 000p in this about two years ago. In the realm of trench coats, they don’t have much competition with this tiny sizing niche – as you can see, a large portion of the reviews online for this trench are specifically from women who needed 000 or 00 petite.
With J.Crew I usually take 000 petite in skirts (which sadly doesn’t seem available anymore!) and 00 petite in everything else. I’m trying on a size 000 petite trench here and it was too tight across my underarm area, so should suit someone who is typically a size down from me. For a trench coat at this mid-higher price point, my only qualm is that the torso is cut pretty straight, so is a bit shapeless without the belt tied.
Whew! I’m now all trenched-out, but I hope this was helpful! Let me know which style above was your favorite, and if I missed any good options that are currently available!