The trench coat was originally developed as a sporting coat for the upper crust. During the First World War, the British War Office accepted the recognizable design by Thomas Burberry to become part of the soldiers’ uniform. Other brands, such as Aquascutum, also have a long-time history in producing trench coats.
What Makes It So Recognizable?
The classic version of this piece is double-breasted in a khaki color. It’s made from weatherproof gabardine with epaulets, a storm flap on one shoulder and storm pockets.
When Did the Trench Become Popular?
Soldiers couldn’t stop wearing it even after the war because of its practicality. Although there isn’t anything quite feminine about its design, it managed to become as appealing to women, too! Big names such as Humphrey Bogart (in Casablanca), Audrey Hepburn (in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Marnele Dietrich, Bridgitte Bardot made it more iconic than ever!
How Does the Trench Look in the 21st Century?
The designers who have worked on their own version of the trench aren’t one or two. A great example is John Galliano’s interpretation below for Dior. The colors, buttons, and belt are traditional but the practical raincoat has become a decorative top. Another design to remember is Galliano’s futuristic approach to the trench for Maison Margiela. Alexander McQueen, Loewe, Prada, Michael Kors are among the many designers who have made a trench for their fashion house.
I have selected 5 raincoats, which you can order online whenever you want. Each one of them, more or less, is a twist of the classic shape and design of the trench coat. This will certainly make you stand out in the crowd! Enjoy!
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