Trench coats really come into their own during Autumn and Spring. The times of year when it is chilly enough to need an outer layer, but not cold enough for a heavy coat. They usually come in a light waterproof fabric. I’m sure as soon as you read that this post was about trench coats an image of a beige outer garment came to mind. In fact I would go so far as to say that once you have seen one trench coat you had seen them all.

You’re also probably wondering what I could possibly tell you about these coats that would be even vaguely interesting. Did you know that the name comes from its origins as a coat used by British troops in WWI in connection with trench warfare hence the name.

The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. Invention of the trench coat is claimed by two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum, with Aquascutum's claim dating back to the 1850s. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design for an Army officer's raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901.

Traditionally this garment is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, and has wide lapels, a storm flap, and pockets that button-close. The coat is belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as has straps around the wrists that also buckle (to keep water from running down the forearm when using binoculars in the rain). The coat often has shoulder straps that button-close; those were a functional feature in a military context. The traditional color of a trench coat was khaki, although newer versions come in many colors. - (Source: Wikipedia)


These days trench coats have become very stylish indeed. Designers have been playing with different fabrics and silhouettes to create coveted statement pieces. Long gone are the days of the bog standard “boring” trench coat. Even the iconic Burberry Trench has had a make over.

As any seasoned inhabitant of Blighty (Britain) will know, a good solid trench is a staple in any wardrobe worth it’s salt…because you know….well to be honest you don’t know when it just might rain!! For that reason a trench coat is definitely a must for every wardrobe. It’s the piece that will never go out of fashion. Not to mention that it is also practical.

The coat that I am wearing is from one of my favourite e-commerce sites - ASOS. I just love this coat!! It’s from their ASOS WHITE Label Collection. The fabric is thick and of superb quality. For me it’s the simple details that make this coat. The contrasting shell suit fabric sleeves, the back belt loop, the oversize lapels and the extra long belt which can be tied or fastened using the D-ring. These features turn it into a statement piece. If like me you are drawn to items that fit this definition, I have linked some options below. Just click on the image to get a more in depth look.

What do you think about trench coats? Do you own one?