Short history

The trench coat is one of those pieces of clothing that should not be missing from any self-respecting wardrobe. Are trenches in style? Well, let’s study this and see.

The trench began to be used intensively during the first world war, due to its waterproof qualities and its durability. However, it was not discovered then, but appeared almost a century ago, precisely in 1823, when Charles Mackintosh invented rubberized cotton, thus giving birth to the first waterproof fabric. The problem was that this material was extremely loaded, and had a tendency to smell, which was solved a few decades later, when Thomas Hancock invented the vulcanization process, by which rubber could be mixed with fabric. Currently, Mackintosh produces fabrics and other products for Louis Vuitton, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga.

In 1851-1853 appears in Mayfair, founded by John Emary, the company that would give birth to the trench as it is even today (to a large extent): Aquascutum. The name comes from Latin, in essence it means “shield against the rain”, and the product created, developed and patented by John Emary at the time promised to be much more “wearable” and no longer smell. In 1897, Aquascutum became a supplier to the British royal house, and in 1900 it began to produce a women’s line, the trench coat soon becoming extremely popular among the suffragettes, due to its versatility.

Also in the sixth decade of the 19th century, more precisely in 1856, Thomas Burberry, who at that time was only 21 years old, founded Burberry, and in 1879, inspired by the clothes covered with a layer of lanolin of Hampshire shepherds, he invented gabardine , a wool fabric, breathable and at the same time waterproof, made from the individual impregnation of cotton or wool threads, instead of impregnating the finished material.

Versatility

The trench coat is one of the elements that finds its place in any season in our wardrobe. And it is a long-term investment. That’s why I suggest you to purchase one, especially during this period when it can benefit from substantial discounts.

And if you’re tempted to buy a trench coat or have one you can’t wait to take out, I hope you’ll enjoy my styling suggestions that you can tackle this spring.

Classic cut trench coats look perfect and timeless to me. It’s impossible to get bored of them next season. They can be reinterpreted in outfits and restyled endlessly.

The trench coat is a classic wardrobe staple and there are many different ways to wear it this season. It’s an item that can be worn year after year without worrying about it going out of style. The trench coat is ideal for transitioning between seasons and looks great worn with a number of different pieces.

Tips:

• This versatile piece of outerwear is not only multi-functional on its own, but also in that it can be worn with almost any outfit. You can wear it, not only with pants, overalls, skirts, dresses, also with shorts, but that does not mean that they are not limited to their specific projects.

• A fitted trench coat is recommended to be worn fully buttoned and belted. However, if you decide to wear it unbuttoned, remove the belt, otherwise it will not create a sloppy look.

Trench coat styles

These days there are many variants of the trench coat, from single-breasted to being made of colored silk. Designers keep reinventing it, so there’s sure to be at least one model for everyone.

Long trench coat – Its length falls from below the knee to the ankle. It is the most dramatic style and suits tall women perfectly. If you’re petite but want a long trench coat, choose an ankle-length one with a slight hem. With a pair of visibly high-waisted trousers underneath, it creates the effect of elongating the legs. A mini skirt or dress works too.

Single or double breasted trench coats – The double breasted trench coat is the traditional cut of a trench coat, so most will be double breasted (the extra material adds extra warmth and protection, which is justifiable considering the military origins). However, there are women’s trench coats that are single-breasted or even without buttons. The double-breasted style can be tricky – it was originally designed to make men’s torsos look wider. So, it can make your chest look bigger than it actually is, which may not be a good thing.

Short trench coat – It is a trench coat whose length falls from below the hip to mid-thigh. Short trench coats are a good option for petite women as they won’t look bulky or shorten their legs. However, opt for a longer length if you are short and voluptuous. Trench coats that are too short will add more volume than necessary. And tall women should avoid short coats, as they would not put them in a good light at all and would also be uncomfortable.

The trench coat is British, it’s sexy, it’s useful, it’s elegant, what can we say, the trench coat is perhaps one of the most valuable products we could have in our closet.

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