Lightweight and robust, we British invented the trench and proud of it we are. It may have been Burberry that made the first and allegedly the very best, used by the army in ‘the trenches’, First World War. Not a promising start. Burberry invented the gabardine fabric which is light, robust and waterproof. Original trenches would have a removable lining for extra warmth. Genius!
My own trench is not Burberry, (which are excellent quality, but I don’t necessarily need anything that hardy) I prefer a simpler cut, without epoulets or a belt. So I got a European version, traitor that I am… Trench coats can be a wardrobe classic, for those of us who live somewhere like London or Paris, where sunshine is a rare occurrence and we suffer under the constant threat of rain. It has become a bit of a fashion statement, but beware. Do not wear the trench in the snow or anywhere hot and humid.
How to wear the trench Lady Sarah’s tips
Keep it meticulously clean, choose something washable and pay attention it fits well in the shoulder area. I had one from H&M which lasted for years, do not assume the more expensive ones are best for your needs. If your trench coat is a classic design, with a belt, the gods of fashion say : never do the belt up. Wear it tied at the back defining your trim waist, and roll the sleeves up a little, for that impromptu ‘just dashed out ‘ look. If you have an original Burberry trench, for heavens sake, do not accessorise with matching scarf.
Did you know?
“Traditional trenches have 10 crossover buttons and come in classic colours (khaki, beige or black), with extra lining on the underside (the original coatscontained a lining that could be removed and which clung to the legs and body). Traditional raglan sleeves, cuffs gathered with wrist straps and shoulder straps (originally used for attaching stipes, leather gloves, hats or bag straps to) give the trench its unique character and chic.”
So- what are your own wardrobe classics?
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