I’m so excited about this post because I get to share my new favorite item of clothing! Nordstrom asked if I would help spread the word about their assortment of Burberry for fall and I immediately knew it was time to take the plunge on a classic Burberry trench coat. Did you know they were first designed in 1856 and worn by soldiers during World War I? If a piece has been around for 150+ years, I think that makes it a pretty sound investment!

burberry balmoral trench coat

Of course, there were several styles of Burberry trench coats to choose from. I went back and forth a lot but ultimately decided on the Burberry Brit Balmoral Packable Trench, a classic belted style with in water-resistant nylon that won’t wrinkle in transit.

design darling burberry trench

There are so many ways to wear it (I literally spent an hour playing dress-up when it arrived!). This is obviously a pretty casual look but I know it will be just as cute over a dress with heels for dinner dates this fall. And anything that cinches at the waist makes me feel instantly more ladylike!

burberry plaid trench coat

It wouldn’t be Burberry without a splash of their signature plaid underneath the collar. Another thing I like about the Balmoral style in particular is that it has a detachable hood, which makes it infinitely more practical for unpredictable New England weather.

design darling burberry trench coat

If you’re coveting a trench coat for fall but aren’t quite ready to invest in Burberry, Nordstrom has a ton of options at every price point. A couple favorites? London Fog ($178) and Lauren Ralph Lauren ($225).

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burberry balmoral packable trench coat

Burberry Balmoral packable trench coat  //  Ray-Ban sunglasses  //  Shiseido “Ophelia” lip gloss (last seen here)  //  Michael Kors double leather strap watch  //  Essie “Blanc” nail polish  //  Striped shirt  //  Rag & Bone stretch skinny Kensington jeans  //  Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers (last worn here)

*Photos by Amy Stone. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. I selected and purchased the Burberry trench coat myself and will be paid for this post by Nordstrom several weeks after it goes live. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brand partnerships that make Design Darling possible!


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  1. Hi,
    I was wondering what size you are wearing?
    I’m debating between US4 and US6.. US4, are you able to wear a sweater underneath?

  2. Definitely loving the classic trench, including the history that goes with it! Such a great look! Also, your hair is so pretty and shiny- that treatment has worked wonderfully it looks!

  3. I adore the way you styled the trench, Mackenzie! My mother gave me her Burberry trench last year and I love it and wear it all the time.

    Also, I just wanted to say thank you for your transparency in regards to your compensation by Nordstrom!

    Taste and Tact

  4. Lovely coat – I wish you’d styled it more formally since I think most of your readers who would be interested in this coat would probably be using it for work/more professional events (II feel like a trench with sneakers is wrong somehow) so I’d love to see more pics of this later this fall! Also really appreciate your clear disclaimer about how the post is sponsored and how that works – I’ve seen some confusion about this on other blogs recently and I think it’s great how straightforward you are (and that you thank your readers and sponsors!).

    1. I’ll be sure to make my next post a bit more formal though I think it’s fun and youthful with sneakers — to each her own 🙂 There was some confusion on my Stuart Weitzman post so I just wanted to clear the air!