Review: Club Monaco Emma Trench

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I was asked by a reader to do a review on this Club Monaco Emma Trench you’ve seen me wear quite a few of my more recent posts. I had always intended to write up a post, but I kept putting it on the back burner because as many of my fellow bloggers know, a well-detailed review can be time-consuming to write up. But since someone asked, I’m forced to move it along. Haha.

I purchased this trench in the late spring. I found it online immediately when Club Monaco had first opened their online store. I’ve been passively on the hunt for a good quality classic trench for years but it was really time that I purchased one to help pull together my work wardrobe. I had seen this trench in the stores and it quickly sold out, which was not unexpected given how amazing it looked on the hanger. Even online it sold out quickly in the US store. I was kicking myself for not purchasing it when I first saw it, but at the time I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger because of it’s $298 price tag. But I decided that it was such a good quality coat, that I should invest into it. I finally snagged it on the Canadian online store (the perks of living in two countries!). BTW, if you live in Toronto, if you order online, the package will literally arrive on your doorstep the next day…at least it did for me. Here are a few photos unworn:


Material: This shell of this trench is made of the thick and smooth double-weave Japanese cotton blend (65% cotton, 30% rayon, 5% spandex). It wrinkles at the arm bends because it is cotton, but it is expected. The lining is made of 100% acetate:



Quality: As you can see, although the lining isn’t silk, it has great durable feel to it, a luxurious feel compared to some polyester linings that you may see in other jackets and blazers. And the construction is impeccable. All seams, buttons, and top-stitching are sewed down tight.

Look: What can I say? It looks sharp and well-made. It is thick, so it has a good amount of structure to it–none of that flimsy stuff that you often see from trenches that are unlined or are made from a thinner cotton material. The jacket is double-breasted with two side pockets and has front and back storm flaps with a big hook and eye at the collar.  It also has a rear vent and a self-belt that is long and is meant to be tied rather than pulled through the loops (there are no grommets on the waist-belt). Also, note that the buckles are made of leather.  Make sure to remove them before you take it to be dry-cleaned! Otherwise, point it out to the dry-cleaner, or the buckles will be ruined. It has a raglan sleeve as opposed to a set-in sleeve, and is topped off with epaulettes typical of military-inspired jackets/trench coats.


Fit: As for fit, this trench fit me off the rack in an XS. I would say it fits pretty TTS for Club Monaco, which can often times fit a bit narrower than other mall brands.  It hits me just around the upper thigh. Here are the measurements for the XS:

Length from shoulder to bottom hem: 26.75″
Chest (armpit to armpit): 34″
Sleeve Length from epaulette: 23.25″
Waist, buttoned but un-tied: 15.75″ (one side)

Overall:  I’m completely in love with this trench and I’m super happy with it. I can’t afford a Burberry trench, and although this trench isn’t what one would necessarily call inexpensive, I’m glad that I invested the money into this one.  I also love that it is navy instead of black. I find black trench coats to be a little harsh to wear in spring/summer because of the color. But a navy trench can easily transition from spring/summer to fall/winter.

If you prefer a lighter color, it also comes in Khaki Stone, which I haven’t seen myself in stores, but online it appears to be similar to  the lighter-colored Burberry trench. Check it out here for $298, and if you have a student card (or active student email) you can get 20% off. If you are on the market for a good quality trench coat, but are like me and the classic Burberry isn’t quite within your price range, the Club Monaco Emma Trench is worth a look. It will fit great for petites my size and maybe even a little smaller.

Have you found any other great Burberry-trench alternatives?

BTW, Happy Hallowe’en! And I hope everyone on the east coast  is safe out there after the storm! It was wet and windy for me but I was lucky enough to be able to watch it all safely from my apartment window and on the TV. I’m thinking of those who weren’t so fortunate.


  1. lisacng @ October 31, 2012

    Hey girl, great review! I love the navy. Great investment indeed! Cool that it has
    leather buckles though why put one in if it’s supposed to be tied. 🙂 Over
    spring, I bought a Zara one that is 100% cotton and lined with polyester. It
    was still $100 but I felt it was much nicer than the $40 ones they were trying
    to sell at Forever21. I love the inside because the top half is lined with
    pinstripes pattern. I’m a sucker for unexpected lining. The only bad thing is
    the sleeves are just a tad too long for me.

  2. Phoebe October 31, 2012

    Cher the trench looks amazing on you!!! 😀 I love that it’s navy for the exact reasons you pointed out!! Love love love Club Monaco!! 😀

  3. Ping October 31, 2012

    Cher, you look great! The trench fits you really well.

  4. Carol Li October 31, 2012

    The trench looks lovely and is a great fit on you! Don’t you just love it when clothes just fit 🙂

  5. butta October 31, 2012

    It is very nice! Seems like good construction. But it seems shorter than I’d like!

  6. Bear October 31, 2012

    It is very nice. What size are you wearing?

  7. Cher October 31, 2012

    LOL. I didn’t say?? Geez. I thought i was being thorough. XS!

  8. SS_littleflowers October 31, 2012

    Thanks for sharing great review! That trench looks really good on you. Great buy!

    I was lucky regarding hurricane. Glad you are too!

  9. Girlie Blogger November 1, 2012

    Yes, the trench certainly looks sharp. And good to know that it has good quality. I like the blue color too. So pretty.

  10. TOBeautyReviews November 8, 2012

    That’s a perfect trench! I ordered from CM online and the shipping was super fast too!

  11. CC May 17, 2015

    Hi, I came across your blog while searching for a solution – I have this exact coat but silly me took it to the dry cleaners without removing the buckles, and now they’ve been ruined 🙁 I was wondering if you could suggest any ways to fix this, or anywhere I could get a replacement buckle?

    • Cher May 18, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear about your trench! I’ve heard this happen to people, not with the club Monaco trench but with banana republic. Leather just does not do well being dry cleaned unless it is given special treatment. To find replacements I would try specialty sewing stores in your area. I also googled and found a website called that you can order from. They claim to have a wide selection of buckles to choose from. HTH!


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