Under $200: Trench Coats

topshopSpring is coming! No, really, it is. There are only 26 days until the first day of spring, and HCG is all over the spring shopping scene. First up: spring outerwear. There is no transitional outerwear piece more essential than the trench, and it's common knowledge that every woman should have a go-to trench in her closet. The versatility of the trench is practically incomprehensible. Many people affiliate a trench with a work wardrobe (which we'll admit makes sense), but the trench is so much MORE than a boring work jacket! We love wearing trench coats on the weekends cinched tightly over some skinnies with flats or unbelted and open, sometimes with a scarf. We know what you're thinking: slow DOWN, Here Comes Gina.

If you don't have a decent trench coat, now is the time to buy one before all the good styles are gone. Fortunately for you, HCG has done some due diligence and gathered a plethora of trenches all priced under $200. In fact, more than half of the trench coats featured in this post cost less than $100. Booooyah! Above, our personal favorite, the Stone Double Storm Flap Trench Coat ($180 at Topshop). We can't get enough of the nipped waist and slightly fuller skirt. Throw on this trench and instantly look fabulous.

HCG recently spotted this Gap trench pictured below in our local Gap store, and it looks a lot better in person. We know the model is going for that chill, pushed up sleeves, limp hand in the pocket look, but it's not working for us. This piece makes a stronger presentation on the hanger, believe us. The fabric is super soft and the funnel neck is a nice change from an ordinary sharp lapel. Gap sizes tend to run a little big, so HCG recommends sizing down if you buy this trench. We say wait until one of Gap's many 40% off Wednesdays or random Gap Card coupon days and steal this bad boy! (Funnel neck trench coat, $98 at Gap):gapIf you're looking to swipe a trench for practically nothing, look no further than this Essential Trench Coat from Forever 21 ($39.80 at Forever 21). Sure, the model looks a little dumpy, but you would definitely wear it better. Note to F21 online stylists: pushing up the right sleeve of a jacket in an attempt to showcase a stack of sad bracelets is not a good idea.f21ASOS has a huge selection of trenches online, and we're feeling these two basic options below: (1) the double breasted military trench ($69.93 at ASOS) and (2) the classic trench ($98.62 at ASOS).trenchYou know what's better than a regular, plain old trench? A trench CAPE! We couldn't resist posting this Stone Buckled Belted Trench Cape ($160 at Topshop). trench cape HCG doesn't discriminate against non-camel colored trenches. In fact, we own trenches in many colors and even a few printed trenches. If you're in the market for a dark trench, here are a few options to whet your palette.

This Black Classic Belted Trench Coat ($160 at Topshop) is simple and structured - just what we look for in a basic trench.topshopWhile this Banana Republic option reads a little London Fog in the photo, we're holding out hope that it will fare better in person (Classic Trench, $198 at Banana Republic): brWe'll end on a cheap note with this Old Navy Twill Button Front Trench ($49.50 at Old Navy). The length is great, the lapels are standard, and the double breasted buttons give it some polish. Like every great trench, it's belted. old navy Take note that this Old Navy trench also comes in army green and light khaki. While we like the army green version, HCG does not recommend the light khaki option. In our experience, anything in light khaki twill from Old Navy just isn't cool.