The primary role of trenchcoats has been to protect the clothing worn underneath from rain. They are similar to overcoats and are specialized in their design to let the rain flow along with the coat, preventing the clothing underneath from becoming damp, while overcoats are utilized primarily as an extra layer of wool to feel warm in the winters. Trench Coats are especially useful in areas with high annual precipitation as rain does not always fall perpendicular to the ground and makes umbrellas useless when so.
Trenchcoats were pioneered in England for British military use during the Crimean War of the 19th Century and the Boer War of the early 20th century. They were popularised by members of the armed forces returning from World War One, who sang praises for these ‘Trench Coats’ that kept them dry during the harrowing conditions in the trenches of the various battlefields in the war.
The claim of inventing the trench coat is argued between the clothing giants Aquascutum and Burberry, whose founder Thomas Burberry is credited with the invention of the Gabardine fabric which is commonly used for making Trench Coats.
Trenchcoats are a versatile clothing option for various occasions ranging from the most formal of occasions to casual wear. They are primarily available in darker colours; Black, Navy, Grey and Khaki; which can easily complement or contrast the other apparel worn with the trench coat. Their design hasn’t changed in any significant way since their inception and as such, are a timeless design waiting to be added to the wardrobe of people everywhere.
The most careful one needs to be when buying the trench coats is the length of the same. Trench coats should end just above the knee to look the best. The long full-length trench coats are viewed as over the top and remind people of movies such as ‘The Matrix’ and have fallen out of style. The other option available is deciding on whether one’s trench coat should be double-breasted or single-breasted. The double-breasted jacket is more of a traditional and older design however it is still very much regarded as a staple of fashion and provides an extra layer of clothing in front of one’s torso, giving more warmth for use in colder weather.