Brief History Of The Trench Coat
The trench coat is classic menswear piece that every gentleman should enjoy. You can wear them in practically any weather while keeping you warm, ventilated, and looking classy. The origins of the trench coat comes from a man named Thomas Burberry. He invented a special fabric called gabardine which repelled water and kept the wearer warm. As you could have guessed from his last name, Thomas went on to create the famous brand Burberry who’s signature piece is this exact outerwear.
Originally the trench coat was created for British soliders during the Boer war. When World War I began, Burberry redesigned the coat to include more function like rings and shoulder straps. The British War Board ended up purchasing over a half a million of these coats for their military. It earned its name for being so robust and durable even in the harsh conditions of the trenches.
Even during World War II the coat became more popular that by the time it ended, it was starting to becoming more available to civilians. While they still play a role in the military, luckily nowadays most trench coats are used for looking sharp and staying warm.
Types of Trench Coats
Wool Trench Coat
Early on wool gabardine was used to compose them since it had a dense weave that repelled water. It was normally paired with silk lining to make it both comfortable and functional. Wool trench coats are overall thicker and have a heavier build.
Cotton Wool Coats
Some trench coats use cotton woven with other materials like gabardine to create a lighter weight product. It won’t be as warm as a wool trench boat but you’ll find that it’s more durable and easier on the pocket. Cotton is the most common fabric you’ll find trench coats in as they may be mixed with others as well so check their tags.
Trench Coat Styles
The most popular colours include khaki, stone, black, and navy. All of these are wise choices and will blend into a lot of men’s ensembles. Over the past 100 years the coast have not changed drastically and have these characteristics:
- Double breasted: Most trench coats will feature a double breasted design which adds a much more formal appearance.
- Back vents: A single back vent allows for easier mobility while wearing the coat.
- Raglan sleeves: These are a sleeve style that is a bit more relaxed and easier to wear especially while layering other apparel.
- Shoulder tabs: Many trench coats will have epaulets that originally were used to attach rank insignia on to.
- Belt: To provide a more snug fit and make the coat secure, a belt with rings along the coat are common.
- Cuff straps: While used in the military to strap items to at times, the cuff straps now create a better fit and deter water from getting inside the coat.
Trench Coat Fit
Trench coats should be spacious but also create a streamlined silhouette. The shoulders should extend past your shoulder bone by an inch at most. The sleeves should pass the wrist 1-2 inches or land on the wrist bone for a more modern fitting. 37 to 45 inches are average trench coat lengths and depends on your individual style. The taller of a man you are the longer of a coat you can wear while looking good. For shorter gentlemen aim for a coat that lands above the knee and below the waist.
Left undone with the belt taken out makes the coat slightly more casual. When worn with the belt strapped, it shouldn’t overly squeeze your midsection but instead create a slight inward taper. The overall build of the trench coat shouldn’t be baggy but slim with enough room to comfortably move. Most of them won’t need tailoring but you can always get it adjusted to your preferences.
What To Wear With A Trench Coat
Trench coats have been and always will be best suited for formal and business casual wear. They don’t tend to look their best when worn with casual clothing so here is how you should style them.
Khaki/Tan/Stone: The classic trenchcoat we all know comes in one of these colour variations. It’s neutral, simple and will compliment practically any colour you put it with. Try wearing one with a red jumper, white dress shirt, navy trousers, and brown cap toe oxfords. All of these colours combined create a wonderful palette that uses contrast to stand out.
Black/Navy: These are both excellent winter colours which means you should be pairing them with the same tones along with white and grey. Put on a navy trenchcoat over a black suit, black derbys, and white dress shirt. This is a very formal way to pull off a navy one. Black trenchcoats could be worn similarly over a navy suit but with brown derbys.
Best Mens Trench Coats
Trench coats for men come in various price points with the lower end hovering around the $200-300 range. Remember that a coat like this is an investment that will last you decades when treated correctly. With that being said, here are trench coats we recommend you check out.
The Parisian label has outdone themselves again with this trench coat, focusing on functionality and style. It’s crafted out of a waterproof double face cotton and delivered with a minimalistic finish. It features houndstooth printing lining, traditional trench coat detail, double breast, and belt.
- 100% water proof double faced cotton.
- Houndstooth printed lining.
- Raglan pockets.
- Buckle belt,
- Powdered horn button closure.
It only makes sense that we mention the king of trench coats, Burebrry. With its sharp and impeccable style, this classic double breasted trench coat is made from extremely durable cotton. The iconic check design lines the body and undercollar while the d-ring waist belt gives you a customized fit.
- Front double breasted closure.
- Button-tab epaulets on shoulders.
- Adjustable buckle strap cuffs to get it just right.
- Front button-closure welted pockets.
- Fully lined.
- 100% durable cotton.
Available in several colours that are sure to please you, this is London Fog’s classic cut trench coat in a handsome water-resistant blend of fabrics. If you want versatility, you’ll appreciate the liner that can be zipped out for changing weather conditions.