There is little in fashion that is quite as iconic as the trench coat. The trench coat has been worn by men and women alike and seems to get re-invented season after season, always looking fresh and new, never going out of style.
The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. Invention of the trench coat is claimed by both Burberry and Aquascutum, with Aquascutum’s claim dating back to the 1850s. Thomas Burberry, the inventor of gabardine fabric, submitted a design for an army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901.
During the First World War, the design of the trenchcoat was modified to include shoulder straps and D-rings. The shoulder straps were for the attachment of epaulettes or other rank insignia; There is a popular myth that the D-ring was for the attachment of hand grenades. The ring was originally for map cases and swords or other equipment to the belt. This latter pattern was dubbed “trench coat” by the soldiers in the front line. Many veterans returning to civilian life kept the coats that became fashionable for both men and women.
Even today trench coats always make an appearance this time of year, as they make perfect coats to wear as the weather starts to turn warmer. They are the perfect in-between coat, lighter than your heavy wool coats but warmer than a light windbreaker or cardigan. I am seriously loving these two trench coats from White House Black Market and J Crew, available on www.whitehouseblackmarket.com and www.jcrew.com.
The traditional trench for J. Crew, utterly cool and classic. I particularly like it in black.
This stand collar trench from White House Black Market has a sharper, edgier look than the traditional trench and will add polish to any look. The collar can be worn buttoned up or folded down changing the entire look of the jacket and your outfit. The black and silver big buttons add even more style.
I am also completely obsessed with the Burberry trench coat worn by Victoria Beckham.