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Duster Vs Trench: Which Of These Transitional Jackets Will You Fall For?

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As you dive back into your closet for summer-to-fall pieces, you'll inevitably grab a long coat that you can toss over your outfit as a light layer. We're betting that you're a stylish babe who owns a mixture of trendy and classic garb, and that you most likely have both dusters and trench coats gracing the hangers of your wardrobe. The big question is: which will you choose when you reach behind the doors?

Some of you may be saying, "Well, what's the difference, really?" Believe it or not, there are significant sartorial clues that help distinguish a duster from a trench coat, and they can definitely change the flavor and feel of your outfit. A trench coat is traditionally made from slightly heavier, waterproof fabric for rainy days, and comes more stylishly adorned with wide lapels and decorative buttons. It is also belted and usually tailored at the waist for women. Nowadays, designers have played around with the trench by cropping it at mid- or waist-length, using a variety of fabrics like vinyl, jersey knit or on-trend satin and foregoing the standard beige hue for pops of color that make your jacket the star of your outfit. The end result is always a more sophisticated look that begs for a pair of large sunglasses and laissez-faire attitude. 

Not far down the coatrack is the versatile duster. What this long coat lacks in signature embellishments and tailoring, it makes up for in its highly functional simplicity. Dusters are typically made with lightweight, loosely cut fabrics that reach the ankle, but there are also sleeker versions that skim the body, creating a straight line silhouette. Duster designs showcase everything from rippling waterfall collars to pointed lapels, adding on embroidered roses or lace, and sometimes go sleeveless for a more vest-like feel. Hybrid versions of dusters will borrow the trench belt or wide flap collar to up the refinement factor — so no matter if you're a duster girl or a trench coat diva, you're sure to find the look that fits your transitional season sensibilities. 

Having a hard time deciding between a duster and a trench? Don't fret! We've got your covered with our choices below:
1/23
Zara Embroidered Denim Duster - $80
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2/23
Zara Double Breasted Trench Coat - $80
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3/23
H&M Beige Trench Coat - $80
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4/23
Violeta Button Vinyl Trench - $150
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5/23
Violeta Classic Cotton Trench Coat - $120
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6/23
Torrid Insider Lace Embroidered Maxi Duster - $71
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7/23
ASOS Crepe Duster Trench - $103
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8/23
ASOS Curve Duster Coat With Vent Sleeve - $55
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9/23
ASOS Curve Edge to Edge Duster Jacket - $76
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10/23
River Island Lightweight Duster Coat - $103
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11/23
Boohoo Plus Bella Waterfall Duster Coat - $24
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12/23
Boohoo Petite Faith Double Breasted Camel Duster Coat - $48
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13/23
Boohoo Eloise Belted Duster - $17
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14/23
Boohoo Grace Waterfall Duster - $24
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15/23
Boohoo Lucy Trench Coat - $42
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16/23
Missguided Nude Satin Trench Coat Dress - $57
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17/23
Missguided Nude Stitched Belted Mac Jacket - $86
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18/23
Uterqüe Patent Finish Trench Coat - £175
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19/23
Topshop Editor's Double Breasted Trench Coat - $150
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20/23
4SI3NNA Satin Duster Jacket - $79
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21/23
ELVI Metallic Jersey Trench Coat - $298
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22/23
ELVI Long Trench Coat - $120
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23/23
Burberry Gibbsmoore Funnel Collar Trench Coat - $1,095
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