Yes, its practical - but the trenchcoats air of mystery and glamour is what
has kept it on the fashions front lines for so many years.
This coat was designed during the First World War by Thomas Barberry for British officers to wear
in the trenches and which matured into attire for allied espionage and wartime romance shown
in movies. Considering its origins, it is remarkable that the right trenchcoat somehow
goes with almost everything we own and seems right for each season. Also, it is the one coat
that never goes out of style.
Though the silhouette is classic, few trenches are the same. An extra button here, a discarded
epaulet there, a longer yoke one tiny alteration can add sleekness or strength. So theres
bound to be a coat that can work well on all harmonies.
The classic trench is made of cotton gabardine a fabric with extremely tight weave treated
to make it waterproof. Check the seams as they will be taped if its waterproof.
Other styles play with the length - usually producing coats that hit at the knees or right below.
Fabrics, too, provide options for updates, from bright leathers and evening dressy cotton-silks
to the more casual denim.
So when does all this tweaking mean a trench is no longer a trench? If it isnt belted, it
doesnt read as a trench.