The trench is classic, has endured time and is still as popular as ever.
Trench coats were born out of practicality in the First World War by the British and French armies. Aquascutum and Burberry both claim the trench as their own; Aquascutum says their design dates to the 1850′s, while Thomas Burberry submitted the design to the British Army in 1901. The coats were not a mandatory part of the uniforms, but many soldiers wore them and continued to wear them in civilian life. The name comes from trench warfare; soldiers needed the protection from the elements while in the trenches.
Now, trench coats are a staple for the fashionable. The long coats keep you warm in the fall/winter, they protect your clothes from the elements and they are always in style. Khaki is the classic color of the trench, but you can find them in a variety of colors now. You can also find detailing and cuts that make them more feminine and flattering.
When looking for a trench, make sure it is roomy enough to accommodate layers and sweaters. Also, button the coat all the way to the top to ensure there is enough room in the bust. If you live in a mild climate, a shorter trench is a great option. Besides the traditional wool and cashmere, there are also cotton trenches available.
If a trench coat is not in your closet, you must get one. It will be in style for years to come!
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