Outerwear can be a bit expensive and a serious investment, but you don't have to put a strain on your wallet if you're seeking a perfect jacket this spring. The trench coat is a classic style you'll always reach for in your closet. It easily translates from work to weekend, and few items of clothing compliment every woman's shape like this piece. It's typically double breasted, belted and A-line shaped, which works well for petite to plus. Check out a few of our top picks for this timeless style, with pieces that range from conservative to trendy. And they're all less than $150.
For the Refined Woman
Topshop Trench Coat ($136, topshop.com)
A beige trench is the perfect clean canvas you need hanging in your closet. It looks equally great with a pencil skirt during the work week or jeans and T-shirt on the weekend. And the coat hits right above the knee, a universally flattering length whether you're 5' 2" or 5' 10".
For the Diva
Betsey Johnson Leopard Print Belted Trench ($119, bluefly.com)
Can you ever go wrong with animal print? Leopard is a neutral and works with any color garment you pair it with, from sorbets to neons. If you're bold enough to mix prints, just be sure the colors are similar.
For the Chic Businesswoman
DKNY Double Breasted Trench Coat ($132, bluefly.com)
Business attire doesn't have to be stuffy. Keep it glam and channel your inner Olivia Pope with this crisp, off-white outerwear. You won't want to take this coat off once you're inside.
For the Flower Child
Merona Classic Trench ($35, target.com)
It doesn't get any more spring appropriate than this Target trench. The multicolor floral print is a fun way to brighten up a rainy day, and the water repellant construction will keep you dry. A print this bold looks great against black trousers or dark denim.
For the Head-Turner
BCBG Max Azria Ophelia Novelty Trench ($149, lastcall.com)
The color may be a muted pewter, but this trench is anything but subdued. The asymmetrical hem adds an unexpected touch, and the back reveals tiered ruffles. This is the perfect combo of a standout, yet classic style.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.