Not only is the trench coat a functional outerwear garment it is also a much adored symbol of style. For more than 100 years this classic design has remained almost unchanged. From Clark Kent in Smallville to musician Kurt Cobain, the trench coat has a varied and well established heritage. Great for keeping warm and fighting off wet weather, the trench coat is the perfect marriage of style and practicality.
Trench coats are long and typically a looser fitting style made more tailored by the addition of a waist belt. They also tend to have deep pockets and some simple detailing on the front. This particular style of coat can be traced back to iconic designer Thomas Burberry who was commissioned to create an outer garment for officers to wear in the Boer war. Not all military personnel were allowed the privilege of a trench coat, the garment was reserved only for officers. From then on this classic coat has evolved into a popular style coat for both men and women.
The most iconic brand of trench coat belongs to founding designer label Burberry. However, many other designers and stores have now adapted the classic design to create their own unique versions of the trench coat. This style of coat can vary in price from a few thousand to own the highly coveted Burberry or Aquascutum label to $50 or less for other labels. See the table below fo our brand suggestions for different budgets.
|Budget||$1,000 +||$500 - $999||$250 - $499||$100 - $249||$25 - $99|
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Trench coats are typically made from one of three materials; wool, cotton or leather.
Colors – Trench coats have largely remained traditional in their coloring. Dark colors like black, navy, blue and khaki are most popular. However, some designer trench coats come in more vibrant colors. If you are planning to wear your coat on a regular basis then it’s usually best to opt for darker colors since they have more versatility.
There are certain characteristics of a classic trench coat:
Double breasted front – It’s traditional for a trench coat to have six to 10 buttons on the front. But if you are shorter a single breasted trench coat may be more flattering.
Single back vent – Most trench coats come with a single vent on the back of the coat. This is to allow for movement.
Shoulder tabs – These are part of the coat for fashion and detailing. However, they were originally used to fasten the officers army rank without damaging the coat.
It’s important when buying a trench coat online that you know your size to ensure a good fit. You should always check the retailer’s size guides when buying online. However, for a guide to standard sizing see the table below.
If you are travelling it’s important to know your equivalent sizing – for details about sizing see the table below.
Delivery when buying a trench coat will depend on the retailer that you’re purchasing from. It’s always a good idea to check the retailer’s website for comprehensive delivery details. If you decide to buy a trench coat from outside the U.S. be aware that the delivery time is likely to be extended.
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