Trench coat goes back to even before World War I. It was then made from rubberised cotton and wasn’t very practical as material had it flaws: unbreathble and could melt in the heat of sun. It was then called ‘macs’.
Designers and fabric manufacturers developed the material over the years, to try and make it more breathable, and thus, more wearable. There are two clothiers who claim to have created the trench:
- John Emary, Aquascutum
- Thomas Burberry, Burberry
Aquascutum’s claim dating back to the 1850s. And Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design for an Army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901.
Originally developed for officers of the British Army, the trench coat has continued to grow in popularity and reputation. Thanks to its innovative design and revolutionary fabric, the trench has become one of the most important clothing inventions.
It continues to be a fashion staple and an iconic garment that can be seen almost every year on catwalks all over the world. Burberry continues to be leaders in trench coat production. I, personally, associate trench coat with Burberry. Since trench coat invention it has evolved a lot and you can now find it in various colours, prints, and fabric details ranging from lace and satin to leather. Where once this coat was limited to the safe colours of camouflage (khaki, beige and black), designers now have fun with it, and the trench has been created in all colours of the rainbow as well as a variation of different materials.
Certain features remain the same: the wide lapels, epaulettes, large pockets and belted waist.
I’m wearing a linen trench coat, which is H&M and I’ve got it in 2016. It is a very light coat so I can actually wear it in colder months over a wool jumper or in summer over my t-shirts. It is not waterproof as it’s linen, but an unusual material for a trench coat was something what caught my eye. This is an oversized model which I prefer. When trench coats were first used for military they were made in large sizes so that officers could wear they winter coats underneath the trench.
Scroll down to find links and info on the other items I’m wearing and my make up.
I hope you are having a great start of 2018!
Trench Coat, H&M, old (Zara linen trench on sale now); Roll neck wool knit, All Saints, £168, sold out now (similar one); Large monogram envelope bag, Saint Laurent, £1625 (medium here); Trousers, Versace Collection, old (similar here); Shoes, Office, £65 (on sale now); Sunglasses, Gucci, £475 (find here).