#1 Closet Item: Duster Coat


Finally, Fall has arrived. That perfect weather season with beautiful foliage. Representing the end of a cycle and bracing for the new. Duster coats are a fool-proof way to look effortlessly elegant, classy, and well put together with anything that you wear. Dusters add that final touch that transforms an average outfit into a statement! The best part about Dusters, is that they come in various forms and can be worn during those in-between seasons. Looking at you Spring!

Duster Coat vs Trench Coats

Dusters, or a Duster coat, today were derived from the form of coats worn by western horsemen. Dusters were originally made specifically for the protection of their clothing from dirt and dust from trails as they rode their horses. The Duster is pretty self-explainable. Dusters were originally full-length (ankle) with a slit in the back for ease of horseback. Dusters today exhibit the same qualities with a few exceptions of various lengths, slits, designs, shades, and functionality.

Trench coats today were derived from the form of coats worn by officers in trenches. Pretty explainable. Trench coats were originally made specifically for officers of the British and French in World War I. Trench coats were designed to hold rankings on the sleeves as well as other items such as maps and weapons such as grenades, and swords. Basically any World War I movie will depict some version of a trench coat. Trench coats were originally double breasted (over-lapping front flaps), waterproof, and tailored at the waist with insulated lining. These coats were usually made of heavy duty material such as leather with either a belt or buttons, and ranged from a length of long (ankles) or short (above knee).

Figuratively speaking, a decent wool, double breasted, high-quality trench coat can range from $300 to over $2,000. So, why not opt for a duster that gives off a similar look and qualities to a trench coat for an affordable price of less than $50.00?

How to Style a Duster Coat

Duster coats are simple and classy in itself, that basically it can be paired with anything. Dusters can be dressed up with the following items:

  • Bottoms: Jeans, Leggings, Skirts
  • Tops: Cropped, Sweaters, Sweatshirts, Halters, Tanks, T-Shirts, Bralettes
  • Shoes: Boots, Heels, Flats, and even Sneakers
  • Dresses
  • Jumpsuits
  • Suits

I bought this Camel Utility Pocket Belted Duster from Boohoo for $16.00. The duster has an original price of $45.00. Definitely opt to purchase while it’s on sale. This duster has a smooth surface, wonderfully stitched seams, and is lightweight yet holds the perfect amount of heat. For something this affordable and of good quality, you cannot go wrong.

While trench coats are the most sought after item with a higher quality, dusters are the most affordable with a similar feel and looks. If you don’t have the money to purchase such high end products, dusters are your next best choice. For the cooler months like the Fall and Spring where you want something with a trench coat look but a lighter weight and cheaper price, then the duster is the go-to. 

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