Review: J. Crew Collection Icon Trench in Light Khaki

August 27, 2013

Here's my standard-issue mea culpa: sorry, self, for exposing (again) your complete lack of accountability by buying another trench. No one needs four trench coats.

Now that we've established the threshold of excess for trench coats, let's discuss the culprit behind my latest transgression.

I don't need to extol the merits of a classic khaki trench (I've beaten that horse into glue) and the J. Crew Collection Icon Trench, with its notched collars, double-breasted buttons, D-ring fastening belt, and back vent with storm flap, falls squarely in the "classic" category.

The retail price of $298 is incongruous with its actual value but it is a style that gets marked down periodically. I bought mine for about $125 a few weeks ago and think it's worth at least $100. I've also seen prices dip as low as $70 so there's really no "rock bottom" price for this style.

The color of this trench varies slightly every season; the fall 2013 color of "light khaki" is consistent with its actual hue. It falls somewhere between stone and tan.

The "Japanese cotton" from which this trench is constructed looks expensive and is surprisingly wrinkle-resistant (possibly an attribute of the heavier-weight fabric).

The style is intended to end at mid-thigh but on a petite person, take 5'2 me as an example, the length is closer to knee-length.
The trench coat is lined in beige satin which is inoffensive but I think the item would command a higher price tag if J. Crew had chosen to line it in a unique print. That detail would certainly set it apart from the million and one khaki trench coats out there and have been a hit with those who are drawn to fun details.
l to r : Burberry Mottram Trench | Burberry Westland Trench | J. Crew Icon Trench
I found the belt much too long and think it should've been scaled down for smaller sizes. It's a minor issue for me because I normally wear my coats unbuttoned and unbelted so this drawback did not carry much weight in my decision.
No petite sizes are offered in this style but trenches are not meant to be form-fitting so those of you about my size can try the trench in size 00. Aside from too-long sleeves (to be expected), most fit issues are minor and almost negligible if you only wear your coats open.
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  1. Thank you for your review!! I wanted a super classic trench and just cannot bring myself to splurge on a Burberry trench. The trench looks fantastic on you and I love it paired w/ the pop of blue. I went ahead and gave the JCrew one a shot. W/o the option of trying it on in store (catalogue only), I placed a phone order and the person suggested a size 4 for me (I'm 5'5, 117lbs, 34 chest, 26 waist). I guessed a size 4 based on their size chart and it just came in yesterday and was a PERFECT fit! it is super classic. the material does feel expensive. price was right! I paid $190 w/ discounts. I think a steal compared to the 1500 to 2k price range for its burberry counterpart!

  2. Hey, I've been wanting to get a J. Crew trench for a couple of years now - saw this review, and it sounds great. I was wondering, do you have any suggestions about when to look for the price to go near or under $100? On my (student) budget a $300 coat is unfortunately too expensive for me. I'd really appreciate any tips - thanks for the review!

  3. AnonymousJuly 19, 2014

    Thank you for your thorough review. I saw this J. Crew trench coat online, but it can be so difficult to tell how it will actually fit from their description, or how it will look in person. I appreciate that you showed pictures from several angles and discussed the features of the coat. I ended up purchasing on sale, and am very excited to wear it this fall!
    Also, I really like the dress you are wearing with it, I don't know if you had mentioned anything about that piece as well?
    Thanks again for sharing!

  4. Hey- I absolutely love this review. Keep them coming. They're on sale now by the way. I might buy one!! :)

  5. Hello, loved your review!!! <333 If you are interested in the J.Crew Matinee Trench Coat in Navy Blue Size 2, we are selling it on our eBay store for just $119.99! Link to item:


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