21
Aug
09

The Trenchcoat

Burberry Trenchcoat

 

“Put on a trench and you’re suddenly Audrey Hepburn walking along the Seine”   –

(Michael Kors)

 

 

 

With September right around the corner, a trenchoat is on many people’s wish list.  A classic trench can work in any kind of weather and goes well with almost anything. For work or play, it suites all ages and body shapes.

The trenchoat was first created by Thomas Burberry for the British Army officers in World War I.  It was designed to keep them warm and dry in the trenches (hence the name).  Jean Paul Gaultier and Yves-Saint Laurent have made careers out of reinventing different versions of the trench, but the basic elements remain the same.  The design has barely changed in ninety years, which is what makes the trench so glamourous and alluring.

Here are some tips on how to buy one:

–          If you opt for epaulets, make sure the coat fits well at the shoulders.

–          Make sure the rear pleat closes easily; if it falls open, the coat may be too small.

–          Although cotton gabardine is the classic fabric for a trench, if you’re looking for wrinkle   resistance  avoid lightweight cottons; blends are often better.

–          The belt is a must-have.

–          Don’t bother with the buckle.  Simply knot the belt around your waist.

–          Look for buttons sewn on by hand and reinforced on the inside.

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