Sunday, September 21, 2008

Style in the Trenches

Along with the little black dress and the crisp white button-down shirt, the trench coat is one of the most stylish and timeless designs in fashion history. As is the case with many classic items of clothing, this stylish cover-up began as a functional piece more so than a fashion trend.

The trench coat was invented in 1901 by Thomas Burberry, the founder of the Burberry fashion house and also the creator of gabardine fabric. He submitted the design to the United Kingdom War Office as an alternative to the heavy greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in World War I.
The classic trench coat is a ten-buttoned, double breasted long coat in khaki, beige, tan or black. Two notable differences from the great coat style were the additions of epaulets and D-rings and this updated design was named "trench coat" by the soldiers in the trenches.


photos courtesy commons.wikimedia.org and gettyimages.com


The trench coat continued to be a popular choice of army wear throughout World War II and many veterans kept them when they returned to their lives as civilians. The trench coat eventually became a fashionable clothing item for both men and women and even after more than 100 years, the trench coat is still synonymous with the Burberry name. Below is one of the photos from Burberry's F/W 08 campaign featuring a classic trench coat.


photo courtesy thefashionspot.com


S
creen legends such as Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Humphrey Bogart wore trench coats in various films and this also helped to popularize the trench coat among the public as they often tried to emulate this elegant and mysterious look. Below are Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.


photo courtesy http://www.myspace.com/froshy and thegoldenera.net


Numerous m
odifications to the colour, fabric and cut of the trench coat have been made in order to appeal to the different generations that have gone by over the years but there are many people who still opt for the classic trench simply because it never goes out of style.

Below are a few lovely trench coats that will keep you chic and warm this fall.





Knit Trench Coat

Price: US$29.99


Safari Trench Jacket
Price: US$29.80




Lucille Checkered Coat
Price: US$58.00





Trench Jacket (wasabi)
Price: US$54.00



Together® Trench Coat
Price: US$89.00




Red Houndstooth Trench Coat
Price: US$36.99
(use code FFATTRACTION at checkout for 10% discount)

50 comments:

Eelie said...

TRENCHES!!! I wuv them oh so much. I want to try to find a phsychedlic colour smorgasbord trench. One that would make Dame Edna scared haha. Out of your selection i really like the balloon sleeved one but absolutely adore it in colour! teehee :)

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-hope you had a lovely weekend, my dear! Love the leopard print trench you picked out! I've a gap beige trench, I suppose I shall be wearing it sometime soon!

Songy said...

I was reading a great trench comparison article some days ago. wish I could remember.

cheers for the research! I finally got myself pretty well priced trench this year for the first time in my life and that was pretty fun. After reading this tho I want them in all different colours. greedy wouldn't you say??

Songy said...

http://magazine.wsj.com/hunter/the-way-we-wear/the-trenchthe-trench/

Here it is.

bronwyn said...

Great roundup! The good old trench never goes out of style.

lara said...

I love the classy beige burberry trenchcoat I guess it will never be out of fashion...

S said...

I found a Burberry trench at a thrift store for $15 a couple of months ago, how awesome is that? :)
I ADORE the leopard print one you've featured...I just may be going to buy that now :P

The Seeker said...

Oh yeah, trenches are always in, classic or maverick ;)
Great post with great information about the history of trench.
Also a very well done round up for so many styles.
Congrats.

xoxo

Bombchell said...

there's this white burberry trench coat I fell in love with years ago. but it cost about 1200-2000 dollars.

DaisyChain said...

I adore trench coats. I'd wear mine everyday if I could.

DaisyChain said...

I adore trench coats. I'd wear mine everyday if I could.

yiqin; said...

I will love to have a pretty black trenchcoat wit HUGE white polka dots!!

Emily said...

what fabulous options! i love that one with the ballooned sleeves, so chic with a little edge.

*Lady D* said...

Love trenches!
I'm definitely budgeting to get one asap!
I've linked you B-)

Vain and Vapid said...

I love trenches and that new fall Burberry campaign is one my my favorites...

Winnie said...

I've never owned one but have always wanted a navy blue one. One of these days I will find it!

Nina said...

i have been looking for the perfect trench forever. ii have yet to find one that fits me just right. it's frustrating!

we wear things said...

i do love a good trench coat.. i just have problems finding ones that fit me perfectly..

-issa

fashion herald said...

i totally need a classic trench, thanks for all the sources!

La Clocharde said...

Yay! Trenches, one of my favourite clothing items from all time...They never dissapear, and that's great. Myabe it's because they go well with many things...you can actually look preppy or rocker depending on how you style them.
I'm a big fan of the classic Burberry too...and also of a fab intense blue version of it from last season's collection I think.
Loving your posts, darling, always cool.

Always In Style said...

That pink trench is fabulous - what a find!

Anjeanette said...

Great post! I've been meaning to pick up a new trench for the fall. Now I have some great options!

Dana (MODAna) said...

what a find on the pink trenchcoat! I'd buy it if I were still in the US or the shipping costs weren't ridiculous

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beccajanie said...

Oh trenches - always classic!

enc said...

This was nicely done, Danz, as are all your posts. I love all the trenches you showed, and they're all so inexpensive, a girl could afford more than one!

Susanna-Cole said...

Wow, this post was incredibly enlightening! I love trenchcoats, but I had no idea about their history or how they orginated! And I especially love all the old pictures you posted, so fun to look at :)

Also, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! :)

xoxo,
S-C

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome, D! Love the title of this post, the history of the trench, and the myriad options you have given here, especially the frilly belted ones!

xoxox,
CC

ro said...

Good finds, thanks! I especially love the balloon-sleeved one - and at such a nice price point too!

Bella said...

Great collection you added... and I love that you employed a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's!

fly tie said...

love trench coats.

it's so interesting how styles of garment/outerwear were initially designed and created for functionality and eventually grown into common fashion pieces.

LML said...

i have a bright orange trench, but should prob invest in a classic khaki one...

Secretista said...

Nothing beats a trench!

angelgrotton said...

the first shots made me think about amazing old times ))) Thanks

Hugs from Angel

Farren said...

I don't know if I will ever own a trenchcoat in my entire life due to the fact that I live in Hawaii. =/

Siljesfashion said...

Lovely! I think that leopard one must be mine. Thank you for posting all of these affordable styles!

Lil Midget said...

Love trench coats!

Toni Alexis said...

Woot! Fall is here huh! I love trenches. The balloon and safari are my faves! Hope life is love Danz...thanks for my bday wishes!

xoxo

♥ fashion chalet said...

Audrey (Holly GoLightly!) definitely sold me on mine. If only it would get cooler/windier. I want to wear mine out (and in the blog, of course!)

Thanks for your outfit comment, you are such a sweetie. Have a fantastic day tomorrow as well. All my love....

xo/ fashion chalet

Cammila said...

Oh my goodness, that ballooned sleeve one is so beautiful! I have a basic little Breakfast at Tiffany's trench, but this really makes me want a wild one too!

chuckles said...

I love the Escape Balloon Sleeved Trench Coat and the Checkered Coat.

Great post.

Imelda Matt said...

If I'm going into the trench's then I need a leopard trench.

Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

i've always wanted a leopard print trench! =)

Blicious said...

love the plaid!!

sydneydoll said...

i LOVE that burberry ad with sam riley & rosie huntington-whiteley.
LOVE IT!
those pics have been my computer backgrounds.


burberry trenches are timeless.

great post!

Diana Coronado said...

Escape Balloon Sleeved Trench Coat is the best !!

hugs for you !!

AlicePleasance said...

A classic trench is forever, I should invest some money in it!

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

Darling I love this post and all the detail my dear! I love a great trench. I am looking a get a bright coloured one for the miserable weather here in London.To hopefully cheer me and others who see me in it out and about ;o)
I am loving the Burberry ads madly,truly,deeply as well.
Have a gorge wknd sweetie.
kisses
Marian

heney said...

I ADORE the leopard print one you've featured...I just may be going to buy that now .

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