Fashion Clothing Why This One Coat Is Always Worth the Investment It's versatile, well-made, and has decades worth of celebrity approval. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on July 30, 2021 @ 08:30AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images For many people, justifying a fashion splurge — even if you have the funds to do so — can be kind of hard. Why spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on just one item, especially if you can get something that looks fairly similar for way less? One answer is quality. Higher price tags often mean better materials and craftsmanship, and if you're dropping that money on a classic design, you can count on it lasting way longer than a few quick wears. Take a Burberry's iconic trench coat, for instance, which has been around for over 100 years. Prices vary depending on the exact model, but typically, this piece will cost you more than $2,000, for sure making it fall under the 'investment' category. However, it's timeless, versatile, and well-made. For that kind of price, you're getting something you can wear during a spring rainstorm, on brisk fall day, layer over your work outfits, and also pair with a fancy dress. It's also something that will look just as great now as it will is five or even 10 years. And, not to mention, trench coats have a ton of celebrity approval. How to Know When to Save or Splurge When Building a Capsule Wardrobe Getty Images Rihanna has worn a Burberry trench as a dress on the red carpet, while Billie Eilish paired her own with lingerie for a British Vogue spread. Irina Shayk layered one over a chunky sweater, jeans, and boots for a sleek winter look, while Jennifer Lopez proved beige trench coats look badass with gray trousers while filming Shades of Blue. Angelina Jolie Elevated Her Airport Style with a Chic Trench Coat Plus, it's hard to forget that Burberry trench coats in particular can be spotted in some of the most iconic movies of all time, including Breakfast at Tiffany's and Casablanca. That fact alone has made us think of this neutral staple as something elevated and elegant, but we've also seen more than enough examples of how it can be paired with sweatsuits, leather pants, and distressed jeans. Getty Images To be honest, you could easily get away with a Burberry trench coat being the only piece of outerwear in your closet, which would more than justify that cost-per-wear calculation. If you were considering a splurge-y buy for fall, this is one that absolutely won't let you down.