No matter where you live, once-normal weather patterns have become totally bi-polar. It seems like any given day can bring on unbearable wind chills, hair-zapping humidity and sudden downpours of rain, sleet or snow. This has made it more important than ever to find the best trench coat that stands up to whatever wacky weather Mother Nature throws at you, while also maintaining your style standards for work and weekends. “I love my trench coat because the arms aren’t super skinny, so I can wear a blazer under it. And it has a hood, which is essential. Being a commuter, the hood is key because I’m often caught without my umbrella. I hate carrying around umbrellas!” says supermom Dianne Vavra, VP Press Relations for Dior Beauty. With her sound advice ringing in our ears, we picked out some splurge-worthy trench coats and look-a-like bargains—and they all have hoods.
SPLURGE: Burberry Mid-Length Hooded Trench Coat With Warmer, $895
This Burberry trench coat has been a classic for years, and will never go out of style, making it a true investment piece. You can wear it over a dress to work or with jeans on a rainy Sunday. Bonus: it has a detachable warm liner for colder days.
STEAL: London Fog Heritage Trench Coat with Detachable Liner, $178
Fool everyone with this practically identical London Fog trench coat. It also has a detachable liner, like the Burberry trench coat, and a similar fitted silhouette.
SPLURGE: Helmut Lang Hooded Trench, $556
This Helmut Lang hooded trench has a relaxed fit, so you can layer sweaters underneath or wear it over a blazer without feeling bulky.
STEAL: DKNY Raincoat, $156
This black DKNY raincoat has the same round funnel collar and relaxed fit, but with a cinched waist for a more hourglass look.