How to properly tie a classic Burberry trench coat knot in two ways in photos (Unisex)
This is the end result folks to get you excited.
Looks cool right?
I usually just knotted it normally in a double tie, but then I realized there’s a Burberry way to tie it.
(Gosh.. I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid!)
It’s simple once you know how it’s done, but damn, if you try and Google this crap and watch videos on YouTube to learn how it’s done, you’ll never get anywhere if you’re anything like me (an idiot, naturally.)
You don’t even need a Burberry trench to do this (obviously). Try it on a bunch of others.
HOW TO TIE A CLASSIC BURBERRY KNOT IN YOUR TRENCH – ORIGINAL VERSION
This is how it starts. It’s a lot simpler than it looks.
PULL THE STRAP WITHOUT THE BUCKLE A BIT LONGER
Cross the buckles over each other
Put the buckled one underneath the other strap without a buckle.
Start making a simple knot
Simple Knot is done
Loop the strap under
Now here’s where the easiest but trickiest looking part starts.
Turn the strap without the buckle underneath the other one with the buckle..
Get ready to loop it over
Looks like this before you start looping it through:
Lift it up and over
And set the strap to go through the loop that has been created by the simple knot.
Pull the strap through the loop
You should now start pulling it through the loop..
Loosely, it looks like this. You can still adjust it to make the straps shorter or longer, or at least even!
Tighten, and it should look like this at the end with the ends flared out!
HOW TO TIE A CLASSIC BURBERRY KNOT IN YOUR TRENCH – ALTERNATE VERSION
The second version ends up looking like this, the ends are not as flared out.
I ended up creating this knot because I couldn’t tie the original one (duh!), and it gives it another look if you don’t want something quite so flared.
Let’s start with the step everyone knows:
CROSS THE BUCKLE-SIDED STRAP OVER THE NON-BUCKLED-SIDED STRAP
I like putting the strap with the buckle OVER the strap that has the pointed end and no buckle.
You will need to thread the strap you put underneath through the knot, so without a buckle makes it easier to loop it through.
Make sure you make the buckled strap a little bit shorter, and the non-buckled strap longer, or else you’ll run out of space on the other side as you’re doing all this folding and knotting.
(You can do it the other way too, I’m just trying to save you the trouble.)
Even if you make it too short or too long, it’s easy to adjust it at the end to make it even.
FOLD THE NON-BUCKLED STRAP
The non-buckled strap as you can see (with the point), will now fold in half over the buckled one.
Following me so far?
SHIFT THAT STRAP DOWN AND STRAIGHTEN IT
Make the folded, non-buckled strap straight (you pointed it up before, now straighten it).
FOLD THE STRAP UNDERNEATH THE TWO STRAPS NOW TO CREATE A KNOT
Now you wrap that non-buckled strap underneath both to create the start of the knot.
TWIST THAT FOLDED STRAP UP STRAIGHT SO THE POINT IS GOING UP
Keep everything from step 4 AS IS, and just move the strap to point UP behind the knot.
This is the crucial part!
I kept missing this part in watching those crappy Youtube videos and ended up with this alternative of a knot.
PULL THAT STRAP DOWN THAT WAS POINTED UP, THROUGH THE FOLD
There. Hard part done.
PULL THROUGH AND TIGHTEN THE KNOT
Even if you make it too short or too long, it’s easy to adjust the straps before really tightening them.
Just pull on one end or the other to make it look even at the bottom.
Version 2. 🙂
Choose the one you like.
OTHER NICE LOOKING TRENCHES
If you don’t care about it being Made in China, or the supposed step up in quality in a Burberry trench, I offer you these options:
This one looks boxy but their Monogram collection one that is more fitted totally sold out in the smaller sizes.
Coach also has a nice looking trench coat here.
IS A BURBERRY TRENCH COAT WORTH THE PRICETAG?
Honestly, I touched the material of the Banana Republic one and it feels almost the same.
Update: I went back into the store with my actual Burberry trench coat and it does not feel the same.
The cotton feels a BIT thinner (not as thick as my Burberry Trench), and therefore a bit more wrinkly, and the details are not as nicely done such as the hook at the chin, the buttons, the belt, the shape, the cuffs and so on…… but if I were to step back and if the trench coat fit someone perfectly (doubtful, off the rack), in truth I am not sure I’d be able to tell the difference (Burberry checks excluded).
I also think the shape of the jacket is different.
The one I bought from Burberry is their Slim Fit, and it comes in four different looks (switch out the cuffs and the belt to make 4 combinations):
The Banana Republic and J. Crew ones I’d wager, are not the same cut, as they probably pin these jackets back in the photos above.
You could always just buy those cheaper trenches, and get them tailored. *shrug* I don’t know how much that costs, but it must be less than $1500 (excluding the cost of the trench itself)!! 😛
Or get it tailored for you.
Update: As mentioned above, I tried touching my own trench versus the Banana Republic one, and the cotton was definitely thinner, more prone to wrinkling and looking kind of shabby after a few wears (you can see it when you crumple the fabric in your fist).
I also noticed there seems to be a chemical or a film on the Banana Republic trenches to make them look heftier and weightier, but I suppose once you wash or dryclean it, it turns more into a thin cotton coat without the nice drape that is cut in a trench-coat style.
It is nowhere near the quality of my Burberry one which has hung and draped very well so far with very little visible creasing (even though it’s 100% cotton).
I can also see just the look of the Banana Republic trenches when I am out and about, look like regular cotton coats rather than a water-resistant trench coat that it is meant to be.
Call me a snob but I can tell when someone is wearing a Burberry or not from about 5 feet away, and so far I haven’t been wrong in seeing the marked difference in quality (I check the buttons for the name to make sure).
But if you are on a budget, this is your call.
Update 2: I tried on and tested the J. Crew version and found it lacking.
I’ve also heard that it doesn’t stand the test of time because someone I know bought it and was disappointed after about a year of wear, saying it just didn’t hold up to a crisp look any longer.
Update 3: I tried the Coach version and it was the closest I found to the Burberry.
It is just slightly thick in the material (warmer) but it wasn’t bad for a non-Burberry trench. I liked it enough to have considered buying it.