Trench coats date back over a hundred years. They were first designed for the soldiers of the World War One as a alternative to bulky serge greatcoats. The difference between the two is that a greatcoat is made of heavy wool and is designed for warmth and protection against harsh weather conditions, while the trench coat, on the other hand, is worn primarily as a windbreaker or as a rain coat.
Both Burberry and Aquascutum claim to have invented the trench coat. Aquascutum’s claim dates back to the 1850’s, while Thomas Burberry submitted a design for an army officer’s raincoat in 1901. We here at AbbyShot are just thankful that someone came up with the idea!
After World War Two, trench coats started to be worn by civilians for everyday wear. They hit their peak in the 1960’s when Mods starting wearing as fashion pieces. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that trench coats took on the role that they are often associated with today. Heavy metal and Gothic rock crowds began wearing these coats as a sort of uniform.
Some of pop culture’s most well-known characters have worn trench coats, with Dick Tracy being one of the first, dating all the way back to 1931. I guess you could argue however, that the Tenth Doctor wore his first. Depending on where in time and space he was.
Casablanca would not have been the same without Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick Blaine in his trench coat and fedora. The list goes on and on: Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly and Serenity, Mulder and Scully from The X-Files, The Crow, Kevin Smith/Silent Bob, almost everyone in the Matrix, Clark Kent in Smallville, Dante from Devil May Cry, and way too many more to even list!
The trench coat is a staple piece of clothing. Yes, it has taken many different turns in style and colour over the years, but the basics stay the same. Trench coats are so diverse: You can dress them up or down, go classic or creepy, sleek or sloppy. Either way, a trench is a great way to show your style. What’s your personal trench coat style?
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