The Trench Coat

the trench coat

The Trench coat is such a classic that it even has it’s own Wikipedia page. A former military piece of clothing the trench coat proved to be so versatile and functional that it is widely worn today by both men and women all around the world. Traditionally it is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, wide lapels and belted at the waist and made out of khaki water proof material, today the trench coat comes in many different versions of style and colour. It is believed that in 1879 Thomas Burberry developed the gabardine, a tightly woven, water-repellent cloth which became the preferred trench coat fabric and the classic piece of clothing was born. I think what makes the trench coat such classic is its unisex tailoring and sheer functionality. Lightweight, water proof and in a neutral khaki colour makes it an everyday coat that can be worn with everything, from skirts and pants to dresses or with…well, nothing at all. The waist belt gives the trench coat a sexy, feminine look and the lapels and double breasted buttons give it a classic tailored look. What intrigues me about this classic piece is that it is a former military outerwear garment that can be worn as a dress, creating one of the sexiest looks in the history of fashion. I still prefer the classic khaki, double breasted version but you can choose from many different colours, lengths and tailoring and pick the one that best suits your personality and style. I will wear it open over jeans but I also really like the femininity of it when worn with skirts or dresses and pumps. Along with the traditional stiff gabardine I also like the loose, kimono versions I see in the stores lately. Again, it is a matter of personal style and preference what kind of trench coat you will choose to invest in but there is no doubt that this is one really important piece of clothing for every wardrobe.