In the Trenches | The History of Trench Coats

Bonjour mes amies! While rarely discussed (until recently), in addition to being/having studied fashion design, merchandising, textile design (and beaucoup of other realms of fashion), I am a fashion historian. Most recently, I contributed to an article via the Thrillest about the history of flight attendant uniforms (click here to read.)

Aujourd’hui, I want to take a look at (and if you’re on social media, you can confirm) one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe:


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Maintenant, lets time travel. The trench coat has an extensively rich history that dates back to the 19th century. Initially, trench coats were designed as a military garment. The origins of trench coats are often attributed to Thomas Burberry (click here for vintage Burberry trenches), a British designer who, in the late 1800s, created a durable and water-resistant coat for British Army officers.

Burberry’s design evolved into what we now recognize as the classic trench coat during World War I. What made the trench coat not only practical but popular were its distinctive characteristics, such as a double-breasted front, storm flaps, epaulets, and a belt.

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These features were both functional and stylish, allowing soldiers to stay protected from the elements.

After the war, the trench coats transitioned from military attire to a fashion staple.

Hollywood played a significant role in popularizing the trench coat, with iconic figures like Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn donning it on-screen, further cementing its appeal in not only history but classic style.

Over the decades, various fashion designers and brands have reinterpreted the trench coat, making it a timeless piece in modern fashion.

Today, the trench coat symbolizes sophistication, versatility, and enduring style and is undoubtedly one of my favorites.

Do you think trench coats are classics?

Ciao for now 💋


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