Ever wonder why they named it a “trench coat?” The answer is pretty simple. These classic coats were originally created as alternatives to the heavy serge coats worn by British and French soliders in WWI. They were worn in the trenches, hence the name “trench coat”.
Both Burberry and Aquascutum claim to have invented the staple, with Acquascutum’s claim dating back to the 1850s, and Burberry on record for having submitted a design in 1901. No matter whether they technically hold the title or not, Burberry has become synonymous with quality, luxury and expertise in all things trench-related.
After WWI and WWII, the trench started to be worn by civilians, but its former association with the military helped it retain the dignified formality that lends to the most casual ensemble, even today. From 007 to Holly Golightly, Carmen Sandiego to Inspector Gadget, the trench coat is one of the most ubiquitous fashion statements in popular culture. (As adapted from my December 6, 2011 piece for celebs.com, “The Trendy Trench“.)
For a woman with the right funds, Burberry can supply coats for any season and any occasion, and get you there looking more stylish than just about anyone else in the room. And as for the guys: We know you like a manliness to your look; suave but with a bit of edge. Trust us – the words “Burberry” and “gentlemen” have long been intertwined, and any man becomes more gentlemanly when he’s bedecked in this classic brand.
For the ladies:
Woven Raffia Trench, $2995
This beautiful woven raffia trench is the perfect weight to throw over a spring dress when rain might be on the horizon. The embellished collar adds visual interest and the neutral color makes it perfect to wear with everything.
Long Patterned-Sleeve Trench, $1595
For the more cutting-edge of us, this patterned-sleeve trench coat is a stunning update to the classic trench. The cotton gabardine material makes it luxuriously light, while the patterned sleeves and color add a twist to the elegant piece. It is embellished with epaulettes, gun flaps, rain shield, belt and cuffs with leather buckles.
Cotton Utility Jacket, $750
When those lazy, hazy days of summer finally come around, you might just want a light jacket to ward of the wind and afternoon showers. This beautiful navy cotton jacket with multiple utility pockets is the perfect combination of stylish and sturdy. The drawstring waist gives it a feminine shape, and the ventilation makes it perfect for warm summer nights.
For the fellas:
Leather Detail Cotton Coat, $950
The perfect counterpart to the women’s cotton utility jacket, this leather detail cotton coat is lightweight with raglan sleeves, leather trim cuffs and undercollar, and buckle detail. Perfect for traveling abroad or taking your significant other on a romantic spring picnic, this is the ideal spring coat for a man about town.
Midlength Cotton Trench Coat, $1695
This beautiful cotton trench coat features set-in sleeves, which add visual interest to a classic, simple trench. With a traditional belted waist and button-tab cuffs, this coat is perfect to wear to the office, and equally appropriate for after-work cocktails. It will keep your blazer and slacks safe from unexpected storms, but with a topper so chic – you might not want to take it off.
Cotton Blend Rain Coat, $895
If you ever wondered what your childhood raincoat would look like all grown up, the answer can be found in Burberry’s cotton blend rain coat. The lightweight cotton and linen material is water repellent. The understatedly playful checked lining adds a dose of whimsy to the classic item. The leather undercollar in chocolate brown adds another element of interest, while the flap pockets and back vent make it utilitarian as well as chic.