Despite having every intention of keeping this Burberry coat, in the end I didn’t think it met enough of my criteria to earn a place in my overstuffed closet (I also admit that I subject luxury items to a higher level of scrutiny).
The double-breasted style, smart point collar, and detachable medium-width belt with a leather buckle are all details that I like about Burberry cotton trench coats and they translate well to this warmer fabric. The material—80% virgin wool and 20% cashmere—is lightweight but warm. It doesn’t provide the same degree of warmness that a down coat does but should be warm enough for above freezing temperatures. The coat is also fully lined in a tonal check print.
The Kensington Trench, with what Burberry calls a “modern fit,” is cut slightly narrower through the bust and shoulders compared to the Westminster but a little looser compared to the Sandringham and is available in a number of different fabric and lengths. I chose this mid-thigh style because I’m shorter and it predictably fit me better than some of the longer styles do. It falls about two inches above the knee on 5’2 me and the waist-placement wasn’t off by much.
This style is available in US sizes 00-14 (or UK 0-16/IT 32-48); I’m wearing size 00 below. It fits a little smaller than mall retailer sizing (like a J. Crew or Ann Taylor) so those between sizes should order a size larger. People with shorter limbs like me may need to get the sleeves shortened.
|Burberry Wool Cashmere Trench Coat | Camel | 00|
Sleeve Length: 24.25″ | Overall Length: 36.5″ | Shoulder: 14″ | Waist: 14″ | Hip: 17.5″ | Underarm to underarm: 16″
At $1795, the price is consistent with other styles in the Burberry London line. This is not a coat that I foresee will go on sale in popular sizes so those of you who are interested might plan your purchase around double or triple point events, use department store sign up codes (Saks and Neiman Marcus both offer 10% off), or buy it from Net-a-Porter for $1595 (with free three-day delivery and returns in the US).
I’m sad to report that the Sandringham Fit Cashmere Trench Coat also didn’t work out for me. I plan to blog about them within the next few weeks, if you have any questions in the meantime, please leave me a comment or write me an e-mail.