Hi everyone! I hope all of you have been enjoying the sun as much as we have been in WA :P. This year hasn't been that warm and it rained most of the time, even last month :/. Yes, there haven't been many warm sunny days here, but hey, the weather forecast says it will be mostly sunny this week at least :D. And I just had my birthday and I'm indeed in a super Spring mood! I wasn't sure what my man would get for me as part of my birthday gifts since I have pretty much everything that I need.. >:-(. And look what I've found!
I'm not particularly trench coat obsessed, but rather I see it as a necessary part of my wardrobe. The main reason that I've been thinking like that is due to its neutral colour scheme which is very dominant in the market. However, Burberry's new Tropical Gabardine trench coat caught my eye because of its unique colour! :3. The new Spring trench coat line has a very elegant rusty sheen when it's under light. The Storm Blue colour looks like a blue/purple, but you might see some graphite in different lighting.
Now you see why I've fallen in love with the coat, hey XD. My first line to my man when I saw the trench coat was "Wow.. I've never seen such a colour since my last Burberry trench coat, which was about 10 years ago O_O". And I told him that I really want it and I need it as I'm not sure when the same colour will be back :3. Yes, my man respects me a lot when I say I need it as I don't normally say it usually.
My man has a very good eye for quality, so I always show him the things that I'm interested in buying for his honest practical feedback. So we visited the Burberry store in Bellevue Square to see and feel the texture of the garment for myself, and to see if it meets my man's expectations :P. I was a bit worried at the beginning if I would get disappointed as my man found the Chanel J12 ceramic watch looking rather cheap and plasticy and Chanel Boyfriend watch looking dull in the past. I did feel the same way too to be honest....-_-.. Nevertheless, the Storm Blue colour was more beautiful than we expected, but they didn't have my size (US4/ UK6) in any of Tropical Gabardine trench coats, so we had to get it transferred from a store in California.
It only took a few days, and Nam called us to set up the fitting room for me. We went there on Friday after my man's work and we requested orange juice as they called ahead asking if we wanted anything to drink. The Burberry store in Bellevue Square is quite small, but everything's neatly presented and everyone's very welcoming there so it isn't too bad.
Nam got my sizes in both Antique Rose and Storm Blue, and I have to tell you, I loved all of them. The colours are rare and the Antique Rose one also has that rusty sheen under light too, so it was quite a difficult to make a decision. Antique Rose feels more feminine and somewhat playful, yet Storm Blue gives more chic and a bit of a mysterious image. They both look nice in jeans though. In the end, I adapted a democratic voting system and we got Storm Blue in the end :P.
Me: Antique Rose 1 : Storm Blue 1
My man: Storm Blue 1
Nam: Antique Rose 1 : Storm Blue 1
In terms of fitting, I was a bit concerned at first if the coat might be too oversized like some of the other coats and jackets from other luxury fashion companies. However, it doesn't feel that oversized and it feels more close to a Burberry Brit fit; comfortable and a bit roomy. I'm about 170cm tall, and the length was just right. If you are on a shorter side, it might not be the best though unless you get it altered :/. Tropical Gabardine trench coats in Antique Rose and Storm Blue are on the expensive side ($2395 + tax) compared to their other cotton trench coats, but I've noticed that the quality of the garment is way better and more durable. And I also loved the finish of it, even on the buttons and the belt.
However, if you're a fan of the "army green" colour (Bright Olive/ $1995 + tax), they also have that in the line and it's slightly cheaper than the Antique Rose and Storm Blue ones. So if you are looking for a unique yet timeless trench coat, I highly recommend you to check out one of those! :).
Where to buy
- Nordstrom (Worldwide shipping)
- Saks Fifth Avenue (Worldwide shipping)