Like many other iconic pieces and apparels, the trench coat too has military origins. The trench coat was designed by Burberry. The French and British soldiers used heavy greatcoats made from serge, which is a twill fabric, during the world war. The trench coats offered similar insulation, were water resistant and most importantly were light weight.
They are generally knee length, could be designed longer too. Trench coats have an inner lining that provides insulation during winters. This inner lining ng is detachable. The classic trench coat has a deep back yoke, D – rings, wide lapels, storm pockets, raglan sleeves with sleeve straps, epaulettes and a belt with five rows of stitching. The trench coat it self is double breasted.
Each feature had its own importance. The deep back yoke helped keep the soldiers dry and saw to it that when worn buttoned up, the movements were free and not restricted in any manner. The D – rings were designed to hold a soldiers excess and important baggage like water bottles or grenades. There were multiple pockets both inside and outside the trench coat making it extremely functional.
While khaki and camel are the classic colors and therefore most popular. Now a days designers are also designing the iconic trench coat in lack, grey, brown and navy. These shades especially in hues appear cool and can be worn even in a formal setting.
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