With this weeks onset of torrential rain in the U.K its got me thinking about one of my favourite wardrobe staples; the trench coat. It also made me think that since April showers seem to have changed into August showers it may be an August wardrobe staple. However, where ever you live in the world a really great trench coat is always a joy and a super practical piece to own. So here are my thoughts on this great Style Icon.......
I remember my first trench, it was around 1987 I was about 10 years old and I’m not sure where it had come from but I’d manage to acquire a lovely vintage Burberry one. I loved it I would wear it with my D.M’s rolled up jeans and a paisley roll neck. I remember how cool, stylish and classic I felt, I remember even at that age feeling like I was connected to a heritage of cool British style. I was literally obsessed it soon became my staple coat. Eventually it was lost and I remember in my 20’s searching my mums house but alas it had gone.
I now own 3, a loose beige aquascutum one which I love to wear over baggy jumpers with jeans and trainers, it always feels easy and stylish with the belt nipped in and a splash of red lippy. Then I have a more tailored nipped in at the waste version which is smarter looks good with heals. My final and absolute favourite is a golden lightweight material with gold buttons. I love the gold one so much it's a really cool twist on a traditional item and I wear it with anything jeans trainers boots it’s amazing at cheering me up on a horrible rainy day. Still now whenever I wear one I feel effortlessly stylish and comforted in knowing I will be protected by any unwanted weather without having to wear a cagoule.
So why the cult style and reputation connected to this lovely item? The Invention of the trench coat has been claimed by two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum, 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.It soon became the optional dress for the British army in the first world war and second world war. There after, being adopted by the young and fashionable in the 1950s and the mods in the 1960s. The trench coat since has long been a true fashion staple worn by everyone both young and old mixing in with many styles and fashions because it is both amazingly practical and stylish it is a great base look to be mixed easily with anything you like.
Over the years Burberry with its classic chequered material lining has withheld its position as the most renowned mac. However the truth is so many designers and companies have beautiful takes on this design classic, we are spoilt for choice. So my take is this, buy a really good quality version wether you get it second hand or brand new. This is likely to be an item you willl own for many years, when you own great quality items they really do feel lovely to wear and just get better and better with age. This mindset is vital if we are to revolutionise the fast fashion trend which dominates and is damaging our world. Play around with the cuts you like, it is perfectly ok to have a couple if you can’t choose. If you’re feeling more adventurous choose the classic style in a fun colour or even metallic like this golden Burberry one in the image. Then love it for life.
Last but not least whatever you do if your in the U.K in August make sure you have it close to hand!