04 Oct THT- Some History of the Trench Coat and How I Styled It for Fall
Has the trench coat ever gone out of fashion? I am sharing a look with a trench coat I bought secondhand, today on the blog.
History of the Trench Coat
The trench coat is over 100 years old, iconic for the First World War, a war spent in trenches across Europe. They were actually conceptualized in 1823, when Charles Macintosh developed these rubberized cotton trench coats that would repel water but would also keep in sweat. Used by civilians and military, they were called “Macks”. Later, other clothiers would work with more breathable fabrics to create a water repellent jacket that would be more suitable.
Thomas Burberry, 21 years old, worked as a draper, and created a gaberdine fabric that was breathable and weatherproof. I would love a Burberry raincoat!
“It was to deal with these conditions (of the trenches) that the trench coat was designed. “This was really the modernizing of military dress. It was becoming utilitarian, functional, camouflaged … it’s a very modern approach to warfare,” says Tynan”, a military historian.
The trench coat was designed for British Military officers. Soldiers in the trenches needed something that was lighter and more breathable.
“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 two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum, with Aquascutum’s claim dating back to the 1850s.”
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* photo credit Smithsonian
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The Kensington Long cotton-gabardine trench coat *Burberry *netaporter
How I Styled It
The fabric is a polymide, which is a type of nylon but is a bit stronger. It has some give but is heavier than nylon. This isn’t a light trench coat, like a cotton/nylon blend, so it has a little less breathability. Bought on Poshmark (my favorite secondhand on-line store), I scored this Mango (Penelope Cruz and her sister’s collection) trench for $55 plus shipping. It is beautifully lined, and the length is great for both jeans and dresses. I did want the traditional double-breasted style.
My outfit underneath was a leopard pencil skirt (ages old) from Ann Taylor and a rust blouse. I love the look of a neck scarf with a trench, which seems so elegant, wearing my favorite Mango snakeskin silk scarf. The low heel of my knit Vivaia pumps were just perfect with this ensemble.
The trench coat adds a classy look to any style. I also love the look with trousers and jeans. (You will be seeing me in skirts and dresses for a bit, unless I can wear a looser trouser due to PN). Do look for a well-made lining, as some of the trenches out there do not have any.
And boy is it showing in stores- it may be trending, but I consider this a staple, classic piece that will stand the test of time.
Well, I am not going to say I am not dissapointed. This was the first day we would have been in Rome.- October 4th. We were able to get airline credit for our tickets, so if we hope to go, it has to be within the year. I am hoping that with continual treatment, I will be able to go before June 2023. We’ll see..
Are you a fan of the classic trench coat? Let me know in the comments I would love to hear from you?
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