Have you ever wondered where this all season coat got its name? Believe it or not, Burberry did not come up with it. The name dates back to World War I, as the jacket was worn by men on the front line to protect from the difficult weather and terrain they were submerged in every day. Soldiers were kept warm thanks to the fashion house Aquascutum. When I worked as a PR intern at Selfridges in London, Aquascutum was a huge favorite of both women and men. Their jackets are worn by some of the biggest celebrities today, but back during the war, the brand developed the first water repellent cloth. The brand’s name foreshadowed this creation as the name comes from the Latin words meaning shield and water. The trench coat became a fashion staple thanks in part to Burberry who infamously dressed Humphrey Bogart in the classic film Casablanca. While the trench has been around for ages, its look has evolved over time and has become a gender-neutral wardrobe favorite.
There are loads and loads of fabulous trenches this season, and here are several of my favorites.
Zara Double Breasted Trench Coat ($169)
Michael Kors Removeable Liner Trench Coat (on sale for $179.99 from $240!)
Burberry Brit Double-Breasted Trenchcoat W/ Removable Rabbit Fur Liner ($3,095)
Terra New York Waterproof Translucent Trench Coat (on sale for $187.49 from $375!)
ModCloth Love to Amble Coat ($129.99)
Nasty Gal Show Your Stripes Trench ($118)
Breezy Day Trench Coat By Dear Creatures ($154.99)