Have I wasted circa £800 on a Burberry Trench?

(41 Posts)
DameDoom Tue 06-Aug-13 00:03:55

It was my 40th last year and DH asked what I really wanted - asked for a Burberry trench coat, after all the quality is second to none and it will last a lifetime ( lived in France for 5 years so acquired a 'good trench' penchant). Anyhoos, hadn't got round to getting it until now - went to pick up my trench on Saturday in London ( we are up north

Now don't get me wrong it is a lovely, lovely and very classically chic coat befitting my advancing years. It looks great and I wore it on Sunday despite muggy weather in an attempt to be style personified. However... popped in to Whistles today and saw a trench, so I thought I'd try it on, just to compare. Whistles one is £155 and mine was £995 - to be honest there aint much in it. The Whistles one does lack some of the finer detail but who's gonna look that closely anyway? I am no label snob just wanted a really nice slim fitting coat that will go with jeans as well as other stuff.

Feel awful for DH ( although he has no idea I've compared). He has saved up to buy me this coat when the high street is doing comparably well.

LynetteScavo Tue 06-Aug-13 00:06:40

Oh, yes, but yours has a really nice label, and as you say will last a life time.

Would you really expect to be wearing that Whistles coat in 10- 15 years time?

chattychattyboomba Tue 06-Aug-13 00:09:52

No you most certainly have not. You get what you pay for!
Whistles have lovely clothes but nothing compared to the timeless style and quality of Burberry. They never date and they just bring an outfit together.
I have a rule, invest in the important things, the things you wear every day. They are coats, bags, shoes and jeans. The rest can be throwaway fashion but these things you will be guaranteed to get your money's worth in wear.
I own 4 Burberry coats.
A white quilted jacket, a white trench, a navy mac and a grey wooly winter coat.
They have all lasted me over 5 years and look as new as the day I bought them, unlike many high street coats which did not last one winter.

PasswordProtected Tue 06-Aug-13 00:10:33

Agree with Lynette.
I have a Burberry duvet jacket, bought in 1998. It washes like a dream and is still fantastic.
I had no idea that Burberry had gone so down market in the interim, though.

DameDoom Tue 06-Aug-13 00:15:04

Thank you - just feel so guilty about DH saving to get me something so special when something so much cheaper looks and feels almost the same. You have to admit though - the top end of the high street have really upped their game.

santamarianovella Tue 06-Aug-13 00:31:31

op you said it lacks the finer details,its the details that makes all the difference,my mum bought me one 8 years ago when i started my job,and im still using it,i think its made of magic grin.

libertychick Tue 06-Aug-13 00:39:35

Dame have you got a daugher? If you do you would potentially give it to her someday - highly unlikely to do this with the Whistles one. It's a treat for a special birthday - enjoy it.

TheDoctrineOfAllan Tue 06-Aug-13 00:44:15

What a lovely present!

Vibbe Tue 06-Aug-13 01:08:11

Burberry seems to be made with quality materials that will age well. Not a lot of high street brands will age as well. High street products (also the higher end of high street) will look almost as good in the shop, but they may not age as well.

I have a Burberry cape and a coat from the 70's and 80's and they have both aged very well. I can't think of a high street brand that would age as well as Burberry.

ChristalTipps Tue 06-Aug-13 08:10:35

I am converting a Burrbery mac at the moment. I keep popping in to look at them. I have no doubt about the quality, however I am not too sure about the classic colour. It looks a bit..well err dull!

ChristalTipps Tue 06-Aug-13 08:11:01

Coveting, not converting!

aturtlenamedmack Tue 06-Aug-13 08:13:08

My Mum has one that was bought in the late 70s, she wear ot all the time and it still look stylish and classic.

Marylou2 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:07:09

Absolutely not! You have a beautifully made,totally classic item bought for you by a man who obviously adores you. Wear it with pride. I think you'll appreciate it more when the weather gets a bit chillier.

QueenCadbury Tue 06-Aug-13 09:21:14

dame I can totally understand why you feel like you do but as othes have said the Burberry will last and last. It's not about who looks at the finer details but about how fabulous you feel whilst wearing it. It's my 40th soon and like you I would like something to mark the occasion to still be using in years to come. Your dh saved for it so presumably you are not in debt for it so just enjoy it.

MrsPercyPig Tue 06-Aug-13 09:21:56

I was all set to come on here and say you are mad spending £££ on a coat yada yada and then I looked on the Burberry website and saw this and am v envy that I can't afford Burberry!

Bexicles Tue 06-Aug-13 10:15:52

No not a waste, it was a gift to mark a special birthday from your DH and it's an iconic piece. Enjoy it!

peasandlove Tue 06-Aug-13 10:47:53

MrsPercyPig that coat is gorgeous.. I too am envy now

MissOtisRegrets Tue 06-Aug-13 10:53:35

MrsP I love that coat! envy envy envy

Enjoy your beautiful trench, OP. And happy birthday!

MarshaBrady Tue 06-Aug-13 10:55:57

Which one did you get Dame?

We'll tell you how lovely it is.

SofaCanary Tue 06-Aug-13 11:14:26

I have one that I've only worn a handful of times but that's more to do with it not really suiting me. They're beautifully made though and if you like a trench it doesn't get any better than a classic Burberry.

Enjoy it smile

Elsiequadrille Tue 06-Aug-13 11:17:03

No not at all, and not if you don't think so. It will last forever (almost) too.

girlsofsummer Tue 06-Aug-13 11:53:54

I have an old vintage burberry and it is lovely dry cleans well.

DameDoom Tue 06-Aug-13 13:05:41

It's this one Marshahttp://uk.burberry.com/store/trench-coats/womens-trench-coats/london/prod-38073171-mid-length-cotton-gabardine-trench-coat/ .
Thanks again for all your wise words S&Bers. Have spent morning trying on my trench with everything I own and it really does make any outfit look way better. I'll never have it off wink. Have thought about cost per wear and realised that it is actually practically free!

SunnyUpNorth Tue 06-Aug-13 14:32:50

That is a beautiful, beautiful trench. I want one now! I also want the one MrsP linked too.
They are true classics.

MarshaBrady Tue 06-Aug-13 16:32:00

Yep that is beautiful. Definitely worth it.

Here's a link for others to check it out. Really lovely.

Hopasholic Tue 06-Aug-13 16:37:18

'I had no idea Burberry had gone so down market'

What do you mean PasswordProtected?

allmycats Tue 06-Aug-13 16:58:04

Your Burberry will last your forever, and then you can pass it on to your daughter. Some people consider them 'chavvie' - not to worry you have bought style and quality. What did Coco Chanel say 'Fashion Fades, Style Remains' remember this when thinking of the cheaper versions.
My Burberry Trench lasted over 20 years and was still good when i sold it because I grew too big for it.

mignonette Tue 06-Aug-13 17:04:44

Keep it waterproofed, get it dry cleaned regularly and enjoy your daughter/s reaction when maybe you hand it on to her. You are paying for quality, heritage and a coat with a value that will not significantly depreciate if you look after it. Don't feel guilty. That is what he bought you and he is no doubt happy to have done so. Think how much money people lose on their cars and on other things. This will last.
Lucky you!

lililon Tue 06-Aug-13 17:06:36

I have also turned 40 and decided about ten years ago that for my 40th I'd like a Burberry trench. DameDoom - I don't think you'll ever regret your choice. Yes, it's a huge amount of money but it will last for years, and make you feel like a million dollars. I haven't bought mine yet as I'm pregnant (and poor) but I often look at the website and dream... Incidentally, how did you find the sizing? Did you need to size down?

mignonette Tue 06-Aug-13 17:07:17

And google some style blogs that feature how to style it. Burberry macs look good even worn over evening gowns! that is how cool they are both in an urban and a rural setting.

They can look super alluring too worn with fishnets, heels and nothing underneath. Just for DH you know wink

HappyJoyful Tue 06-Aug-13 17:11:55

My Mum's still looks amazing and it must be 30 years old.. it's classic and not chavvy and as many have said I covert her's now!!

finlaysmum12 Tue 06-Aug-13 17:41:50


wish I had £595 for the wool twill trench (god that's hard to say!)

I did this last year, haven't regretted it just yet! Can't say I've worn it as much as I'd like though, because I always require a hood when it rains, and it seems to be too warm for summer.......we never seem to get the crisp clear day I need for my poor coat.

DameDoom Tue 06-Aug-13 20:04:35

I got a 10 and the fit seems true. The cut is quite slim but it fits like a glove. Tried the 12 but the shoulders were slightly too wide. I did try a few other styles and wavered between the 10 and 12 depending on the different cuts.

HappyHugs Tue 06-Aug-13 22:15:57

Beautiful...I want that grey one now! And love the trousers in that pic too. A true investment piece.

libertychick Tue 06-Aug-13 22:23:36

It's gorgeous - lucky you!

justasecond Tue 06-Aug-13 23:30:13

Enjoy OP its lovely!
I am now officially in love with the grey one, its gorgeous exactly my kind of coat.
(Hello again Liberty!!)

libertychick Tue 06-Aug-13 23:38:51

smile and wave to justasecond!

No way is that wasted money. I used to make Burberry coats for a living! You have no idea how much work, and by how many people, goes into those coats. The quality was checked at EVERY stage, and nothing was passed if it was less than perfect. I had the leather duffel coat & sold it when I lost weight. It was as good as new & I didn't actually make too much of a loss on it! They are timeless classics. HTH.

Hopefully Wed 07-Aug-13 06:16:54

In five years time you will be so pleased you stuck with the burberry. It will last so much better, and won't lose it's shape/structure if you have to get it dry cleaned.

iwantavuvezela Wed 07-Aug-13 06:21:23

Beautiful, what a good choice, enjoy your lovely gift

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