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The Trench Coat. Our 1st and Only True Love

When Renee Zellwegger wore a red trench coat for a dress on the red carpet in 2011 America’s fashion critiques were at a loss: praise or blast her. A reaction that must have resembled society after WWII, because it must have been more than their practicality that had all the post war ladies steal these smart and effortlessly chic looking coats from their husbands.

Renee Zellweger in Red Carpet Dress Trench Coat

Renee Zellweger in Red Carpet Dress Trench Coat

post WWII Ladies in Trench Coats

post WWII Ladies in Trench Coats

The trench coat designed somewhere between 1850 and 1901 by Burberry and Aquascutum was to become the world’s most sought after, trendy, classic piece. Since then designers have tried to reinvent it, nip it and tuck it on every runway show for the past 60 years. Yet its inventors still dominate the trench coat style a century later. To our relief, with insignificant exceptions sometimes irritating (true!), the world still goes for the classic chic look. Double breasted, tan, shoulder strapped and belted trench coat. We have to give all the generations though, credit for dressing up or down a trench coat. It’s a delight to see a lady in a Burberry classic trench coat go to a fancy luxurious party with the same poise and attitude as a girl who puts her own spin on one with trainers or flats, on her Sunday stroll for coffee with friends. Cheap or expensive, brand or not – a well sewed simple trench coat is a winning ticket.

1981 Burberry Trench Coat

1981 Burberry Trench Coat

Aquascutum Trench Coat

Aquascutum Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

Emma Watson in Burberry Trench Coat

Emma Watson in Burberry Trench Coat

Blake Lively in Burberry Green Trench Coat

Blake Lively in Burberry Green Trench Coat

Lady Gaga in Green Leather Trench Coat

Lady Gaga in Green Leather Trench Coat

Rihanna in Black Trench Coat

Rihanna in Black Trench Coat

Trench Coat on runway

Trench Coat on runway

For a hundred years we’ve been forgetting and discovering it with the help of film stars who like us picked it and loved it for the same reasons. After Casablanca in 1945 every man was Humphrey Bogart and later in the 60’s we were all Audrey Hepburns. We almost lost it there for a bit in the 80’s and 90’s in heavy metal Goth fashion copying Brandon Lee and Matrix personas (thank God 20 years fly so fast!) but kudos to Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Gossip Girl and Kate Middleton for bringing it back. After so many decades it seems we’ve learned our lesson as to what a simple and classic cut does for us. Elongates, styles, gives edge and class. But don’t hold your breath ladies, in fashion it comes and goes.

Casablanca, Trench Coat

Casablanca, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Audrey Hepburn, Trench Coat

Brandon Lee, The Crow, Trench Coat

Brandon Lee, The Crow, Trench Coat

Keanu Reeves, Matrix, Trench Coat

Keanu Reeves, Matrix, Trench Coat

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Trench Coat

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Trench Coat

Leighton Meester in Diane von Furstanberg Trench Coat

Leighton Meester in Diane von Furstanberg Trench Coat

Kate Middleton in Burberry Trench Coat

Kate Middleton in Burberry Trench Coat

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4 thoughts on “The Trench Coat. Our 1st and Only True Love

  1. I love trench coats! They are beyond versatile! From the CIA/FBI to THA Dutchess … everybody is wearing them! I think they will be present at all times in fashion under different forms and cuts, but it doesn’t really matter what is in at a given time simply because a classic trench coat will always gather the looks and give elegance to a feminine or masculine silhouette!

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