Amongst the fashion classics, the trench coat is one that has stood the test of time and has become a sought-after, iconic, fashion item. The trench's long history of evolution has crafted a flattering, classic, silhouette that is unmatched against many other coats or jackets, making it a key ingredient to transform ensembles to look super polished and well put-together.
I always love a good story that comes with the fashion item. To me, it adds a layer of intriguing texture that you just want to learn more about. If we go back in time...the trench coat was actually the raincoat. It was made out of waterproof, heavy-duty cotton drill or poplin, wool gabardine, or some times even leather material. It was usually at knee or calf-length, and was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in World War I. The inventor of the trench coat has been debated, with claims from both Burberry (the inventor of gabardine in 1879, which is a unique wool material that is also rain-resistant) and Aquascutum (claiming to have created the trench coat in the 1850s for officers in the Crimean war).
The success of Burberry's water-resistant fabric, gabardine was phenomenal. The material was durable, virtually crease-proof and resistant to the elements, while remaining porous and well-ventilated enough to be comfortable and cool for the wearer. Orders flooded in, with the first major client being the British Army. Burberry added shoulder straps and metal rings to his gabardine coat, and the trench coat was born. Regardless of who the true inventor was, both Burberry and Aquascutum manufactured trench coats for in WWI and WWII because they were ideal for harsh weather conditions. Thankfully for us, the ingenious design prevented these coats from staying in the trenches for too long =)
Historic roots and military heritage aside, a great trench is truly Each era seems to have put their own on the staple, changing fabrics and styling to keep with the times without altering its makes a great transitional season jacket and is the prettiest raincoat around. So, if you have yet to acquire a trench, a quality classic style is definitely splurge-worthy. So clear some closet space to home a classic trench coat because rain or shine, this baby will protect you and in great style too!
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