Instantly recognisable and enduringly stylish, the Trench is as popular today as it’s ever been. Every season, designers present their new seasonal take on this famous coat but it never really changes much and the demand certainly never seems to waver. But how much do you know about the origins of this famous rainy day wardrobe staple?
A brief history lesson…
Developed during the First World War, The Trench Coat was originally designed as a lighter weight alternative to the heavy serge overcoats worn by British and French troops. It quickly became optional battle dress for officers – lower ranks were not permitted to wear one.
During the Second World War, officers continued to wear their trusty trenches to keep dry out in the field and eventually new shorter versions started to emerge, which were much easier to move in if you suddenly found yourself in the middle of a combat zone.
It wasn’t long before the Trench found its way into civilian wardrobes and it’s been a permanent fixture there ever since. Men love its classic understated style and for women, it’s become rainy weather’s ‘Little Black Dress’.
While the basic look and feel remains the same, time and changing fashions have allowed the trench a few design tweaks. Our new Bologna Trench has lost the D-rings (handy hoops to attach your grenades to), but the double-breasted design and belted waist gives it a stylish and authentic look that nods to its noble heritage.
It’s 100% splash proof so will keep you dry in an April shower and it comes in either classic stone or navy. Guaranteed to fulfil its duties in the business battlefield and beyond, a good quality Trench coat is one of the most stylish investments you’ll ever make.
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