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Vogue encyclopaedia: The history of the trench coat

This WWI trench coat (the term was first used in print in a tailoring trade journal in 1916) was double-breasted, tailored to the waist, and flared to a below-the-knee hemline. The belt was equipped with D-rings for hooking accessories. The caped back allowed water to drip off, while the storm flap at the shoulder provided ventilation; the pockets were deep, the cuffs could be tightened, and the buttons at the neck helped protect the wearer from poison gas. Some coats came with a warm, removable liner, which could be used as bedding if needed. Epaulettes on the shoulders indicated the rank of the wearer. During the war, the coat was issued in khaki to provide the best camouflage.

A sketch of a Burberry trench coat

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Although it was again worn by officers during WWII, the coat began to shed its most overt military utilitarianism in the 1940s, as it began to be romanticized by Hollywood. Replacing the image of the officer with that of the fast-talking journalist, slick gangster, guarded detective, dashing spy and seductive femme fatale, Hollywood helped the trench coat enter a more fashionable wardrobe.

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

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Worn in some of the most iconic scenes in film history – Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair, Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer – the trench became synonymous with intrepid men and smart women.

Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

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Today, the trench coat has been revisited by designers such as Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo and Jean-Paul Gaultier, and is still an enduring signature for its originator, Burberry.

The Martin Margiela Fall/Winter 2018-2019 show

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Available in various styles, color combinations, lengths, and with or without many of its original details, the trench coat might have lost its functional military connotation, but it still very much retains that classic caché.

The Burberry Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show

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Military Necessity To Fashion Accessory

From one of the most iconic pieces of military uniform to one of the most iconic pieces in fashion; the trench coat is so much more than an accessory. Trench coat history dates back over 150 years, and we are going to delve deeper into the folds of this stylish and essential piece of outerwear.

Introduction to the trench coat

This classic coat has a long and varied history, which all contribute to the modern take of the trench. Originally developed even earlier than the First World War, the trench coat was used as an item of clothing worn by Army officers. It was adapted to be worn quite literally in the trenches; hence where the coat gets its name. It was during the Great War that this classic garment took the shape and style that so many of us still wear today. The classic style of the coat still has these military influences.

The traditional aesthetic of a trench consisted of the following:
  • A double-breasted finish
  • 10 front buttons
  • A storm flap
  • Wide lapels
  • Button fastened pockets
  • Belted at the waist
  • Buckled straps around the wrist
  • Waterproof
  • Made from  heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill
  • Alternatives are leather or poplin
  • Insulated lining
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Lengths ranging from just above the ankles to just above the knees
  • Usually in a khaki color

As this was developed for military use, every one of the features serves a purpose. The Fashion Dictionary, edited by Baldini Castoldi Dalai explained:

The garment had shoulder straps, a waist belt with rings from which to hang anything a soldier might need in a trench, more small belts to make a sort of diving suit to protect oneself from water and cold, doubled fabric in the parts most exposed to rain, and many pockets.

Soldiers in WW1 wearing their trench coats.

Materials used throughout trench coat history

The history of the trench coat actually starts almost 100 years before World War I. It is documented that from 1823 there was a form of rubberized cotton that was being used to create outerwear for both men and women. This fabric was revolutionary, as it was weatherproof, and it began to be used for both military and civilian use. These styles of coats were called “macs” and were named for their inventor, Charles Macintosh. As amazing as this fabric was for keeping the wearer dry and warm, they did have one major flaw – the fabric was not breathable, thus, sweat was kept in. As well as this, the fabric also had a rather unpleasant smell and could even “melt” in the heat of the sun. Regardless of these shortcomings, macks were used throughout the 19th century by Army personnel.

Who invented the trench coat?

Designers and fabric manufacturers developed the material over the years, to try and make it more breathable, and thus, more wearable. There are 2 clothiers who claim to have created the trench, and the arguments continue even to this day;

  1. Mayfair gentlemen’s clothier, John Emary
  2. Menswear business designer Thomas Burberry
John Emary

In 1853, John Emary developed and patented a fabric that was just as water-repellent as the original rubberized cotton, but was (thankfully) less smelly and more breathable. Emary renamed his company to what we now know as Aquascutum. This name comes from the Latin words “aqua” and “scutum” which translates to “water” and “shield.” This name directly refers to Emary’s focus on designing weather-proof clothing for the gentry. Emary claims to have created his version of the trench for officers serving in the Crimean War.

Thomas Burberry

Burberry founded his business in 1856. Yes, this is the Burberry that is still rocking the fashion world today. in 1879, the young draper invented “gabardine.” This was a waterproof twill fabric that was also breathable. It was created by actually coating the individual yarns of cotton or wool. This was a big leap from the original fabric that was used to create the macs, where the entire piece of fabric was coated in one go. Burberry delivered plans for his new raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901, where it was accepted.

Both Emary and Burberry’s fabrics were very popular with all types of gentry; from sporty types and explorers to the upper class and aviators. It is clear to see why these fabrics became essential for military uniforms. It is still unclear who truly invented the trench. Both companies had connections to the British military establishment, and both Emary and Burberry had previously developed weatherproof clothing similar to the trench.

Adverts by Aquascutum and Burberry.

The history of the trench coat’s development

Originally developed for officers of the British Army, who were able to purchase the trench at the cost of $3 or $4 (roughly 3 or 4 month’s pay), the trench coat has continued to grow in popularity and reputation. Thanks to its innovative design and revolutionary fabric, the trench has become one of the most important clothing inventions of its time (and beyond.)

Characteristics of the trench coat and their uses

The trench coat is so much more than a piece of outerwear. We have already seen the importance of the fabric, and how its development helped officers of the army stay dry and camouflaged. The classic khaki and beige colors of the trench helped officers to stay as concealed as possible. There are many other aspects of the coat that were developed specifically to assist soldiers at war.

  • The shoulder straps were added to the coat in World War I so that soldiers could attach items such as their epaulets and their rank insignia. They would also provide padding against the butt of a shotgun
  • D rings were added for the purpose of holding equipment such as map cases and swords
  • The large pockets were essential, as they were used to hold military gear
  • Ventilation flaps were added for expelling any unpleasant odors, as well as helping keep the coats breathable
  • The length of the trench coat was well thought out too. There were made to be short enough so that they wouldn’t trail too much in the mud and mire. They were also slightly flared at the waist, to allow maximum movement
  • The back yoke of the coat had crosses, which allowed water and mud to slough off
  • Originally, the trench coats came with a removable warm lining. This could be used as a blanket
  • The collar buttons at the neck were designed so that gas masks could be tucked tightly in to make them as efficient as possible
  • The cuff straps allowed binoculars to be secured when in use

The trench coat was designed to protect from wind and rain. They were not the warmest coats, however, they were supplied in a large size so that warmer coats and layers could be worn underneath them. In past wars, soldiers wore greatcoats. These were long overcoats of serge; a thick fabric made from wool. They were very heavy, long and cumbersome, despite being warm (when dry that is!).

In the trenches, the long greatcoats proved to be somewhat of a problem. They were very long and heavy and would become weighed down with mud, making them even heavier. Soldiers found it difficult to use their equipment while wearing them. The trench coat was a welcome relief, as it was lighter, easier to move it, shorter and offered a great many uses, as well as being weatherproof and warm. In short; it was a very useful garment and much more than just a coat.

During World War I, however, the trench coats were issued only to British Officers and Warrant Officers 1st Class. It wasn’t available for soldiers of lower rank. This also helped to establish the trench as a coat of high standards and class.

How the history of the trench coat has evolved today

After the war, Officers grew somewhat attached to their coats and continued to wear them at home. Burberry and Aquascutum were leading menswear and sportswear designers at the time. This only added to the trench coat’s popularity in civilian life. They continued to be seen as a coat of distinction and recognition.

World War II

When World War II started, the trench was still the coat of choice for officers in the field. Other countries saw how practical and popular these coats were and adapted them for the use of officers and soldiers in their armies. The style of the coat began to be adapted slightly for field use, and eventually shorter versions became available. These field jackets were a little more versatile and allowed soldiers to have more freedom and mobility.

The trench coat and Hollywood

As well as being the coat of choice in the trenches and battlefields, the trench started gaining somewhat of a celebrity status in the period between the World Wars. The golden age of Hollywood paid homage to the trench and it was seen in various films, being worn by stars of the silver screen. Detectives, gangsters, femme fatales and leading men could be seen wearing the iconic garment. In 1941’s The Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart wore an Aquascutum Kingsway trench. He also wore it in infamous scenes in 1942’s Casablanca and 1946’s The Big Sleep. Leading ladies such as Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn were also dressed in the alluring coats.

These powerful roles, along with their firm establishment in the military made the trench coat an even more enviable and covetable item. They were effortlessly cool and carried the attitude and persona of the powerful, fearless, brave, and mysterious. From Royalty to film stars, the trench became as important a piece of fashion as blue jeans. It incorporates style and function, with a history that makes it all the more amazing.

Hollywood royalty Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn all wearing their trench coats.

The trench coat today

So where does the trench coat sit today? It continues to be a fashion staple and an iconic garment that can be seen almost every year on catwalks all over the world. Burberry continues to be leaders in trench coat production; creating styles for men and women that evoke a sense of fashion prowess and impeccable taste. During the 1990s, the fashion house breathed new life into the trench, offering avant-garde variations; including bright colors, prints, and fabric details ranging from lace and satin to python skin. Where once this coat was limited to the safe colors of camouflage; khaki, beige and black, designers now have fun with it, and the trench has been created in all colors of the rainbow, including eye-catching metallics. From Humphrey Bogart to Audrey Hepburn, to Kate Moss, to Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn, the trench has come a long way from the mire of the trenches.

Certain features remain ever-popular; the wide lapels, epaulets, large pockets, and belted waist.  The lightweight fabric and weatherproof finish also remain a staple characteristic.

A recent Burberry campaign of their iconic trench coats.

This classic coat has endured through the decades and is still seen as one of the most revered and iconic items of clothing ever invented. As exciting and relevant as its present and future are, the origins of the trench coat, and its importance to its original cause, should never be forgotten.

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Trench Coats | Encyclopedia.com

The long, water-repellent coat known as a trench coat was adapted from military use and became enormously popular during and after World War I (1914–18). Stylish and functional, the trench coat, traditionally made of a rugged fabric called gabardine, remained a staple of outerwear throughout the twentieth century and was adopted by some of the most revered figures in history and popular entertainment.

The cloth from which trench coats are made dates from the 1870s, when British clothier Thomas Burberry (1835–1926) developed a unique wool material that was chemically processed to repel
rain. Burberry succeeded in creating a fabric that was untearable, virtually crease-proof, and resistant to the elements, while remaining porous and well-ventilated enough to be comfortable and cool for the wearer. Burberry called his innovative fabric gabardine, and it transformed modern rainwear. Jackets made of the fabric were first used in the Boer War fought in South Africa between the British and Dutch settlers in 1899, and it was called a Burberry.

The outbreak of World War I in 1914 created a need for a bad-weather garment to protect the soldiers fighting in the trenches, long pits dug into the ground for defense. Burberry designed a coat made of fine twill gabardine that repelled water while allowing the wearer freedom of movement. Dubbed the trench coat or storm coat, it quickly became the official coat of the Allied fighting man, someone who fought Germany and its allies during World War I. It is estimated that half a million Burberry trench coats were worn by combat officers between 1914 and 1918. Aquascutum Limited, another prestigious firm in London, England, also turned out trench coats for the British military. At the war’s end, the trench coat was introduced for civilian use, becoming the world’s most famous and enduring weatherproof style.

The classic World War I-era trench coat was double-breasted, with four buttons, reinforced shoulder or gun flaps, straps at its sleeves, a buckled all-around belt (with distinctive brass “D” rings designed to hold one’s water bottle, hand grenades, or sword), slotted pockets, and an adaptable collar. It was typically lined with wool. While these features have altered somewhat over the years, the trench coat has never gone out of fashion, remaining a popular all-purpose coat with both men and women. Among its wearers are a number of famous political leaders, actors, and literary figures, including politicians Winston Churchill (1874–1965) and Ronald Reagan (1911–), actors Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957) and Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003), writer George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950),
and General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934–). Fictional characters who have become identified with the trench coat include Holly Golightly, the heroine of the novel and film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther comedy film series (1964–82).

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Keers, Paul. A Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Classic Clothes and the Modern Man. New York: Harmony Books, 1987.

Schoeffler, O. E., and William Gale. Esquire’s Encyclopedia of 20th Century Men’s Fashions. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973.

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Trench Coats for Men: A Buyer’s Guide

Perhaps no garment is as romanticized as the trench coat; from South Africa to France to Casablanca to London, it has remained functional and almost unchanged for over 100 years.  Look closely at the pictures in this article and you’ll notice the trench coat of a century ago is almost identical to those sold in shops today.  Surprisingly, very few men sport a trench coat nowadays despite its enduring heritage.  I hope this article changes that, as the trench coat is a classic garment that can add a punch of handsome to any outfit a man wears.

The Trench Coat’s Military Origins

The origins of this garment can be traced to the Tielocken coat Thomas Burberry designed for British officers in the Boer War. The coats were referred to by their creator’s name and made of gabardine, an innovative and durable wool fabric designed by Burberry to repel water and keep the wearer warm but ventilated. Only officers were allowed to wear the coats; they were not a required part of the uniform and could only be purchased privately.

For WWI, Burberry redesigned the coat to include D-rings and shoulders straps, and the British War Board ordered over half a million of them for the military’s officers. The coat quickly became a coveted item among soldiers; it held its own in cold weather by utilizing a wool blanket insert and also served as an emergency sleeping system. The coat earned its name from the protection and mobility it provided to the men fighting in the war’s infamous trenches.

Nothing like sleeping in the mud and smoking a pipe in the comfort of your trench coat!
After the Great War, dozens of Hollywood’s leading men brought the trench coat to the silver screen.   Humphrey Bogart’s most memorable scenes in both Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon feature him wearing what would soon become an iconic garment.  Characters such as Dick Tracy captured the public’s attention with adventure and mystery wrapped up in a trench coat.

The trench coat again saw action in World War II, with Russia and the United States following Britain’s lead in issuing the coat to its men in uniform. However, it was largely eclipsed by more specialized (typically shorter) jackets tailored to the needs of different units and the nature of the war’s battles. Today the trench coat still serves in the world’s militaries as light weather protection for dress uniforms.

Trench Coat Fabric

Wool Gabardine – Wool gabardine was used on early trench coats as the dense weave repelled water and was surprisingly strong; complete with a silk lining, this garment was lightweight, functional, and handsome.   The first jackets were sold only to British officers – a customer who had considerable spending power and was willing to invest in a garment that served him better than anything issued.   Today wool gabardine is only used on high-end or custom trench coats upon request – its high cost makes it impractical for mass sale, although vintage wool gabardines can be found at reasonable prices.

Cotton Fabric – Early versions of the trench coat were made with a heavy duty khaki drill.  Today trench coats use cotton densely woven with poplin and twill weaves (of which gabardine is one).  Although cotton does not have the heat retaining properties of wool, it is more durable and if treated can be water resistant.  Cotton is also less expensive than wool and available in larger quantities from various sources.  Today cotton is the fabric of choice for most trench coats, although manufacturers often mix in man-made fibers for better weather resistance properties and cost savings.

Leather Trench Coats – The leather trench coat is a modern variation, and as such has not earned the status of being a classic piece of menswear.  Heavier and warmer than its cotton or wool fabric brethren, it is more closely related to the overcoat in terms of functionality.  Leather’s ability to repel dirt and water and ease of cleaning have won this trench coat a following among hard working city men.  Unfortunately, the black leather trench coat’s portrayal as the uniform of organized crime’s henchmen has saddled the wearing of the coat with negative connotations.

Trench coats come in more than one color.

Trench Coat Color – The traditional and most common trench coat color is khaki, although you’ll see jackets labeled as such varying from ivory to tan.  Darker trench coats emerged in scale during the Second World War; from a practicality standpoint it makes sense as they require less cleaning and are somewhat more camouflaged.  Today, black, blue, and even pattern trench coats fill department stores and make up a hefty portion of the market.  Although some may argue the darker colors are less sophisticated and turn their back on tradition, I personally like them as they are practical and compliment a man with dark features.

Trench Coat Style

The style of the trench coat has changed very little in its over 100 year history.  Classic clothing like this is viewed by many as a sound investment because it lasts.  The owner of a classic trench coat can be assured it will never become dated.   And although buying a new one can be hard on the wallet, it’s hard to find a man who would trade his coat in after it has served him faithfully for decades.

These are the common style features you should look for in a classic men’s trench coat:

Double Breasted Front Style – The classic trench coat is double breasted with six to ten buttons depending on length.  Although single breasted jackets are available, I recommend most men purchase a double breasted coat as it will for 95% of them be the only double breasted garment in their wardrobe.  The single breasted variety is best reserved for petite men who may appear buried in too much excess fabric.

Single Back Vent – Trench coats have a single vent – the original purpose was to give a soldier room to run as he moved across the battlefield while ensuring protection from strong winds as he waited for the “word.

Raglan Sleeves – Unlike normal jacket sleeves, the Raglan sleeve is more relaxed and makes the jacket more comfortable when worn with multiple layers of clothing.

Epaulets (Shoulder Tabs) – A military holdover, epaulets allowed officers to attach rank insignia without damaging the coat.

Top left is the storm flap, notice the shoulder protection.

Storm (Gun) Flap – Assumed by many to be padding for a rifle butt, the “gun” flap is actually a protective flap to ensure water does not slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders.  It effectively serves as a cap, keeping the wearer dry, assuming he has on headwear.  We see it on the right side for men and on the left side for women as the jacket buttons up in opposite ways for the different genders.  The reference to this flap being a gun flap is probably due to it being requested during WWI when officers complained about water seeping into the coats after firing their rifles. The raising of the right arm opened up and exposed the early trench coat’s breast fold to the elements – not something you want in a downpour.

Detachable D-Ring Belt – The trench coat’s belt enables the wearer to adjust the jacket’s torso and gives him the ability to carry a firearm, sword, or utility pouch.

Cuff Straps – I’ve heard some people say these were for holding grenades – this is assuredly a myth as no sane person who has ever been around explosives would use them in such a way.  The trench coat’s cuff straps served simply to tighten the fit and keep the rain out – occasionally someone strapped a piece of gear onto them (like a map – never a hand grenade!).

How Should a Trench Coat Fit?

A trench coat should be large enough to be worn over a suit jacket or heavy sweater; it should not be large enough to use as a parachute when jumping out of the back of C-130.  A good measure is to try on a coat and button it up fully – the shoulders should extend out past your natural shoulder by . 5 to 1 full inch (to allow room for a suit jacket), and you want to be able to fit a full fist in the chest area while having full arm movement.  Next look at the sleeve length – they should be worn 2 to 4 inches longer than a suit jacket’s sleeves, to about the pinch on your hand.

Modern trench coat length ranges from 37 to 45 inches; the first trench coats were made longer, often worn only a few inches off the ground to better protect the wearer from the elements.  There is not a right length for a trench coat, rather a man should choose a length based off his body type.  Tall and large men should consider longer coats that fall below the knee – short coats make them look like giants.  Smaller men should select shorter coats that fit above the knee and are closely tailored.  These smaller coats will be more proportional and not make you look like you’re wading in excess fabric.

Trench coats can usually be made smaller in the torso and shortened by 5-8 percent (not inches – think 3 inches at most).   They rarely can be made larger, as excess fabric is not usually sewn in.  Therefore, buy the best fit you can find, and if anything, err on the side of the coat being a little too large.

Shorter than you think, Humphrey Bogart rocked a long double-breasted trench. A great example of knowing the rules and then having the confidence to break them.

Purchasing a Trench Coat

Buying a used trench coat – Thrifting for a trench coat, although time consuming, is a great way to find an amazing deal at a rock bottom price.  I recommend avoiding large marketplaces like EBay, as the number of bidders and large number of counterfeit items can have you paying a steep price for complete junk.  Instead, visit a wide number of thrift stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army – not only is the money you spend going to help those in need, you may just find a handsome vintage Burberry selling for pennies on the dollar.

Buying a trench coat new – Buying a trench coat new is of course the more expensive route, especially if you buy an authentic Burberry.   However, to own a Burberry is a sure way to guarantee you’re getting a good build that is backed by a strong warranty and a solid company history. Of course there are many other manufacturers of trench coats – just be careful of deals that appear too good to be true….they often are.

Custom trench coats- A custom trench coat is an option few men think of, but they can be as affordable if not more affordable than buying a brand name coat. The main advantage of the custom option (besides perfect fit) is the ability to ask for unique features and style options.  Want a trench coat that is historically accurate, that is made to house an iPad, or made with a unique fabric?  Then custom is something you should consider.

Conclusion

In summary, the trench coat’s ability to meet the demands of warfare enabled it to survive for decades before being picked up by the public.  When it did find its way into the civilian wardrobe, its heritage and usefulness made it an indispensable item.   And so my question is – what’s stopping you from wearing one?

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History of the Trench Coat

Who could forget the iconic scene at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard kiss in the rain? Or Humphrey Bogart’s timeless “Here’s looking at you, kid?” in Casablanca just before Ingrid Bergman leaves him for good? They aren’t just classic moments in cinema—they also feature one of the most iconic pieces of clothing of all time: the trench coat.

On the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961

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While often remembered for its role in World War I, the trench coat was actually first worn by men in the upper echelons of British society nearly six decades before then. It was first seen as a sport coat, the mark of a gentleman adventurer, as evidenced by famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s use of the Burberry version for himself and his crew as they roamed Antarctica in 1907.

There are two stories of how the now-famous coat came to be: first, that Thomas Burberry himself patented what is considered the precursor to the trench coat, the Tielocken, in 1912 after developing its fabric—the tough, water-resistant twill he called gabardine—in 1879. And second, that the company Aquascutum (whose name literally means “water shield”) first developed a water-repellent coat in the 1850s. Neither brand has ever been proven the victor in this scenario, but the coat itself first saw battle in 1895 during the Boer War.

Model wears Burberry trench coat in 1981

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Officers—not regular, everyday soldiers—in World War I adopted what came to be called “the trench coat” after the thick woolen coats they had originally used in the trenches became too heavy. The gabardine or otherwise water-resistant coats first designed by Burberry and Aquascutum filled the void, and were adapted for the military with epaulets that would show an officer’s rank; a cape that easily moved water away from the body; D-rings on the belt in the back that held gear; and a flap for a gun that would rest over the front of the right shoulder, all the while being short enough to avoid dragging through mud. Most of these details still appear on trench coats today. The coats became a success not only for officers but for civilians on both sides of the pond, who adopted them for their patriotic flair and the solidarity they showed with the military.

Bogart in Casablanca

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As the war ended, the coats’ popularity stayed intact: officers still wore them, and they were used again in World War II. It was around that time that they climbed into public consciousness again, this time on women—including Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn, whose glamour played with traditionally masculine styles—as well as men, lest we forget the aforementioned Bogart in Casablanca, fedora tilted over his eyes and a tan Burberry trench on his back. The coat from that film is still iconic and he only wore it in two scenes.

From here, the trench coat continued its ascent into style iconography with the slick gangsters, upstanding gentlemen, detectives, and never-do-wells of ‘40s and ‘50s cinema, a visual trope that also continues today. The trench coat became popular for women after the war, too, into the 1960s and then present day. It was worn by Marilyn Monroe in her 1960 film Let’s Make Love and Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim’s Love on a Pillow from 1962. Yves Saint Laurent repurposed the coat for Catherine Deneuve in 1967’s Belle de Jour, designing a slick, black patent version that instantly tied it to a new level of sex appeal.

Deneuve on the set of Belle de Jour

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Dietrich in A Foreign Affair

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The trench coat could, fashion insiders learned, be dressed up or down, as exemplified by Jackie Kennedy, who paired it with an evening gown in the 1970s, and Jane Birkin, who wore it with a straw handbag and ballet flats. The dearly departed Azzedine Alaïa produced an oversized trench in the 1980s, followed by more minimalist creations by Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, and an over-the-top, deconstructed and reconstructed version by Jean-Paul Gaultier. This deconstructed style returns this coming Spring/Summer 2018 season, having sailed down the runways last September as brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Margiela all put their own spin on the garment.

Azzedine Alaïa Fall/Winter 1991

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Maison Margiela Spring/Summer 2018

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Throughout its life, the trench coat has seen everything from battles to runways, bayonets to bloggers. It’s been worn up and down, by officers and accountants, princes and artists, morphing from its signature gabardine to fabrics like suede, patent leather, and even plastic as fashion and time continue to move on. Despite our constant style evolution, however, the trench coat remains a classic we’ll never stop fighting for.

10 Best Men’s Trench Coats [2021 Edition]

The trench coat can sometimes be an outerwear piece that goes overlooked. Designed to protect military soldiers from the elements while in the trenches – where it gets its name from – those same soldiers continued to wear them when they returned home, cementing their place in fashion history.

It was first conceived by Thomas Burberry – the founder of Burberry – after he invented the gabardine fabric in 1879. Gabardine proved crucial to the trench coat’s success, as its tightly woven, tough, and water-resistant properties meant it was well-suited to life in the trenches.

Most trench coats should follow similar style rules: double-breasted button fastening, wide lapels, a storm flap, front pockets, and a belt. And while trench coats of old would have only been available in khaki green, today there are numerous colour options, with navy and stone being among the most popular.

Where trench coats can vary from one another, however, is with their length. Coats can range in length from stopping just above to the knee to stopping just above the ankle. The length that best suits you will come down to personal preference, and your height.

The trench coat can often be confused with the mac (or Mackintosh), but they are in fact two separate pieces. The mac is actually older than the trench by roughly 100 years, with the very first mac coats being made – by Mackintosh – from a fabric that combined naphtha and crude rubber in a two-layer construction to make it waterproof.

Mac jackets also tend to forego any excessive use of external buttons and shouldn’t feature a belt. As you’ll see below, however, some brands like to tear up the rulebook.

Men’s Trench Coat FAQs

What material are trench coats made of?

A trench coat is typically made of heavy-duty gabardine drill, leather, or poplin. Nowadays, most manufacturers use cotton, often mixed with man-made fibers to make it weather resistant.

What is the best length for a trench coat?

The standard length is two-inches above the knee or mid-thigh. For sleeve length, it must reach the center of the meaty part of your thumb and should be no shorter than your wrist bone.

What is the difference between a trench coat and an overcoat?

Your trench coat is designed to protect you against the rain, while an overcoat is just for the cold. Trench coats are also lightweight, while the overcoat is heavier because of the materials used.

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Since the trench coat has become such a popular outerwear piece, several fashion labels have taken it upon themselves to produce their own versions, and online fashion stores such as SSENSE and Farfetch have large ranges under one roof. We, therefore, felt it our duty to provide you with a guide to the very best trench coats available to buy right now.

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Burberry

The very fact Burberry is responsible for the trench coat’s existence means it earns a place at the top of this list. Having remained a menswear staple over 100 years later, Burberry has remained true to the original design and style, of course, with slight upgrades here and there.

With multiple colours, and both classic and contemporary trench coats on offer, no matter which you choose it’s a fact that you’ll look polished and sophisticated when sporting a Burberry trench coat.

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Mackintosh

Mackintosh is the brand that introduced a longline waterproof overcoat to the masses long before the trench came to be. It’s also the brand that spawned the colloquial term ‘mac’. Mackintosh coats are handmade with such an intricate process that only a limited number are produced each year and all coats are made at the factory in Glasgow, Scotland.

While the company obviously produces its own style of coat, they also have a few trench coats on offer too. All are made with a bonded cotton fabric, which sees two layers of cotton bonded and taped together with a water-resistant tape to ensure you stay dry.

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Uniqlo

It feels like Japanese brand Uniqlo is getting ever more popular by the day, and for good reason. The fashion label ticks off all the menswear essentials, makes them out of durable fabrics, designs them well, and sells them for incredibly affordable prices.

That’s certainly true of its trench coat range, which takes the iconic design but updates it using modern materials, such as its Blocktech fabric technology. This utilises 2.5 layers to protect you from wind and rain while remaining breathable and cool.

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ASOS Design

If you want to veer away from the tradition and invest in a trench coat that will have you standing out from the crowd, check out ASOS’ range.

The online-only retailer has an incredible array of colours, styles, and fits, all from its own ASOS Design label. No matter which trench you go for, it won’t break the bank, but it will up your style game.

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Arc’teryx

Canadian brand Arc’teryx is already known for its range of outdoor clothing and its ability to withstand the worst Mother Nature can throw at it.

You can rest assured then that the company’s trench coats will be just at adept at banishing rain and keeping you well protected with premium fabrics and technologies.

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Banana Republic

Banana Republic originally started life selling clothing that fitted around a safari theme. That branding has changed slightly since its founding some 40 years ago, but the outdoors is still an inspiration. A trench coat was always, therefore, going to feature in its catalogue.

Banana Republic’s take on the classic style includes the traditional elements, including a waterproof fabric, but adds a modern twist by dropping the shoulders.

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Reiss

British fashion brand Reiss has also taken it upon itself to provide its own variation of the trench coat, and that variation, for now it seems, veers more into the world of mac jackets.

As we mentioned in the opening text, trench coats and macs are technically different. And despite claiming them to be trench coats, Reiss’ current catalogue is full of macs. But great macs they are, being made from water-repellent fabrics and coming in classic navy and grey colourways.

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AMI

Founded in 2011 by then 31-year-old Alexandre Mattiussi, Parisian brand AMI has, and always will be, inspired by its city of birth.

The brand seamlessly blends street and sportswear styles alongside more smart and formal offerings, with its trench and Mac coats sitting somewhere in the middle. Minimalist yet functional, they’re a suitably stylish wardrobe upgrade.

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Todd Snyder

American menswear designer and former employee of Ralph Lauren, Todd Snyder certainly knows how to make a guy look good. We reckon it’s practically impossible to not look great in his trench coats.

Constructed from water-repellent fabrics, Todd Snyder’s trench coats are made to last and offer ultimate protection.

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Brooks Brothers

The oldest clothing retailer in the US is also still one of its best. Founded over 200 years ago, Brooks Brothers has been an outfitter of choice for virtually all the US Presidents, as well as a number of America’s elite regiments.

Brooks Brothers has a great range of men’s trench coats, all of which will make sophisticated additions to any wardrobe.

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A History Of The Trench Coat – A Military Garment With Origins Far Older Than WWI

The WWI Burberry had evolved for war use, featuring D-rings on the belt to attach equipment, a pistol flap in the breast, epaulets to display rank, and a storm shield.

Few items of 20th century military apparel are more iconic than the trench coat. Associated in pop culture with everything from tough private detectives, rugged outdoorsmen, intrepid adventurers, iconic sci-fi characters from movies such as Bladerunner and The Matrix, to vampire hunters and, of course, military men, the trench coat is one of the few items of fashion to have changed little in form or style over the past hundred years.

While it is true that the garment as we know it originated in the trenches of the First World War (hence the name “trench coat”), where it was initially worn by British officers, the item of clothing that would become a trench coat was developed around a hundred years before WWI.

The origins of the modern day trench coat (and the style of the trench coat used in WWI) can be traced back to the early 19th century. In 1820, an English inventor, Thomas Hancock, and a Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh, created a type of waterproof garment by coating long jackets with rubber. The resulting garment was called a mack, and was marketed in Britain to men of the upper classes.

Charles Macintosh (left) and Thomas Burberry (right).

The mack worked well when it came to keeping rain out, but it also kept sweat in, and macks soon developed a reputation for getting rather smelly, pretty quickly. The fabric was improved as technology advanced throughout the nineteenth century, and marked improvements were made by John Emary in 1853 and by Thomas Burberry in 1856.

Both Emary’s and Burberry’s coats were more breathable than the earlier macks, and repelled water just as effectively. Emary named his company Aquascutum (Latin for “water shield), while Burberry simply gave his company his own name.

Burberry invented a fabric (gabardine) in 1879 of which the individual fibers of material were waterproofed prior to the construction of the garment. This resulted in the best “trench coat” yet – although the name “trench coat” had yet to be invented.

Burberry advertisement for waterproof gabardine suit, 1908

In what had formerly been a neck and neck race, Burberry began to take the lead late in the 19th century. Burberry coats were worn by British officers in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), and at this time Burberry patented a coat design called the Tielocken.

The Tielocken’s features were essentially those of what we would recognize as a trench coat: it was knee-length, double breasted, and had a broad collar and a belt.

Thus, the garment that was later christened the “trench coat” was actually invented over a decade before the First World War broke out. Burberry’s company again came into the spotlight in the first decade of the 20th century when Roald Amundsen used his coats in his expedition to the South Pole, and then when Sir Ernest Shackleton led an expedition across Antarctica.

British Army officer in the First World War.

As Burberry’s company had become one of the official suppliers of clothing to Britain’s armed forces during the Boer War, it came as no surprise that his Tielocken coat was used by British troops. The WWI Burberry Tielocken had evolved for war use, featuring D-rings on the belt to attach equipment, a pistol flap in the breast, epaulets to display rank, and a storm shield.

An important point to note about these specific coats is that they were reserved for officers only. Enlisted men were not allowed to wear them, although they did have their own coats. Most soldiers, up to this point, had worn greatcoats.

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While they appeared similar in design to Burberry’s trench coat, the old-style greatcoats, from a 19th century design, were nowhere near as practical.  Greatcoats had generally been made of wool, or cheaper materials – often of poor quality – and were usually not waterproof, and were uncomfortable and poorly cut.

The seamstresses at Burberry’s of Basingstoke pose at their machines right at the end of the war (1918). Photo: Hampshire and Solent Museums / CC BY-SA 2.0

They were also generally quite heavy, and hindered soldiers’ mobility. While many troops of the First World War were issued with greatcoats, the greatcoats were often so long that the soldiers cut the bottoms off to prevent them dragging in the mud and soaking up trench water, which made them even heavier and more cumbersome.

When it came to stacking up Burberry’s Tielocken coat against a standard-issue greatcoat for an enlisted man, there really was no contest. Burberry’s waterproof, comfortable, stylish coat was both extremely well-made and immensely practical for life in the trenches – and thus his coats, worn only by British officers in the first stages of the war, became known as trench coats.

John G. Diefenbaker (future Prime Minister of Canada), John Einarsson, and Michael A. McMillan as Canadian soldiers in France 1916-17 wearing trench coats.

Of course, the fact that the trench coat was only worn by officers was not lost on enemy snipers. For German sharpshooters, identifying officers – who were important targets – in British trenches at a distance became quite easy, and thus the trench coat began to become more of a curse than a blessing to many a British officer who was picked off by a sniper’s bullet.

When America entered WWI in 1917, American officers took a few cues from their British counterparts, and soon enough they too were wearing trench coats.

Recognizing a great business opportunity, marketers soon began selling trench coats to the public, advertising them as items to be worn in solidarity with those fighting in France. Thus, the first civilian use of the trench coat was more of an expression of patriotism than a pure fashion statement.

Belgian machinegunner in 1918 guarding trench

After the war was over, many British officers kept their trench coats and wore them in civilian life. Trench coats thus attained an air of upper class association, seeing as most British officers came from the landed class.

However, the popularity of the trench coat began to spread on both sides of the Atlantic. While they often remained high price garments, cheaper versions began to be made.

Both WWII and the Golden Age of Hollywood went on to popularize trench coats further. Aquascutum, despite having earlier been less popular than Burberry, got back into the race in a big way during WWII, when it became one of the official manufacturers and suppliers of Allied military clothing.

HRH Crown Prince Olaf of Norway and the Commander in Chief Home Forces, at large scale exercises in England – wearing trench coats.

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In the decades following the Second World War the trench coat went on to achieve worldwide popularity, becoming a classic icon with the sartorial staying power of blue jeans and tee shirts.

Today, you can find trench coats in any city on the planet – but most people you ask probably won’t know where the “trench” in trench coat comes from, or that this iconic garment was actually first developed for war.

Trench coat: history and photos of fashionable models of spring 2019

The most popular version of the origin of the trench coat says that it was invented especially for the soldiers of the First World War, so that it would be more comfortable for them to sit for long hours in the trenches. But this is not entirely true – we tell where the beloved cloak actually originates from and how it turned from an officer’s clothing into a thing that does not go out of fashion.

The progenitor of the trench coat was the waterproof mac – it was invented in the early 1820s by Scottish chemist and inventor Charles McIntosh and founder of the British rubber industry Thomas Hancock.It was made of rubberized cotton and was intended for men who used to spend their free time hunting, fishing or horseback riding. With the development of technology, the rubber coating has become more modern: it allows air to pass through better and repels moisture more efficiently.

In 1853, John Amari, a men’s tailor from London, developed a more improved raincoat model, which he decided to release under the Aquascutum brand – its name is formed from the Latin words meaning “water” and “protection”.The young draper Thomas Burberry, who opened his own company in 1856, also followed in his footsteps. In 1879, he invented an innovative material called gabardine. Its difference was that not the finished fabric was processed with a waterproof compound, but each fiber of cotton or wool separately. At the time, it was a unique fabric that was comfortable and breathable while protecting naturalists, travelers, aviators and other adventurers in the most extreme weather conditions.

Advertising Aquascutum, 1914-1918. Burberry advertisement, 1909

Both Aquascutum and Burberry claim to be the creators of the legendary World War I trench coat. Both companies used an existing model and adapted it to the needs of the military – they ended up with a raincoat with a length below the knee with two rows of buttons on the chest, a slightly tapered waist and a silhouette that widened downward. Everything about it was practical: the belt came with a D-shaped buckle – it was easy to hook various accessories to it, and a small yoke on the back of the shoulders was needed so that water droplets would drain off the thing faster.A fabric overlay on the shoulder, called a gun flap, served for extra ventilation and protection from the elements.

Other important attributes of the trench coat are deep pockets, straps on the cuffs and a high collar (originally it was assumed that you could hide behind it in case of a gas attack). Some raincoats had a warm liner inside that could be used as a sleeping place if needed. By the way, during the war, mostly khaki trench coats were used, not the classic beige, for camouflage.

Winston Churchill as commander of the 6th battalion of the Royal Scottish Fusiliers in Armantiere, 1915-1916

The image of a stately officer in a perfectly tailored trench coat quickly became popular, and soon this wardrobe item became part of the “civil” fashion. Burberry and Aquascutum trench coats were expensive, available only to the wealthy, but cunning craftsmen quickly began producing cheaper versions of them. For many, owning a trench coat during wartime was a gesture of patriotism.

Art: Sophie Glover

But in World War II, this wardrobe item was perceived in a completely different way: in the 1940s, it was associated not so much with the difficulties of field life as with Hollywood stars. More popular than the image of a stern officer in a raincoat became movie characters such as a sneaky journalist, a needle-dressed gangster, an armed detective, a spy, or a fatal femme fatale – they all wore trench coats.

With their submission, he became truly fashionable. Any of us can immediately recall at least a dozen cult films whose heroes adored this wardrobe item – Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Marlene Dietrich in Foreign Romance, or Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer. “

Over its almost 200-year history, the trench coat has not lost its relevance. True, in addition to classical models, we also have original interpretations – for example, performed by Alessandro Michele or Pierpaolo Piccioli. Even Burberry, who at one time began the trench coat’s journey into the big world of cinema and fashion, are not afraid to experiment with cut and details. And although these trench coats have little in common with the original cloak, in which military officers thought out plans of attack while sitting in the secret headquarters, we value them just as much.

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A trench coat that never goes out of style

After the end of hostilities, the trench coat did not go out of fashion, but, on the contrary, gained even more popularity. Cloaks were associated with respectable restraint, giving a touch of sophistication from high society.They began to be worn by diplomats and … intelligence officers.

Film. Movie. Movie!

The legendary film “Casablanca” glorified the trench coat. The hero of Humphrey Bogart had the features of a real man: strength and courage. His image of a knight was very well emphasized by an elegant trench coat and hat.

British actor Peter Sellers was remembered by the audience for the role of the lovable loser Inspector Clouseau from the movie “The Pink Panther”. A detective chasing a dangerous criminal changes into a beige raincoat and becomes simply irresistible.

American actor Peter Falk also played a police officer. His detective Columbo from the series of the same name drives an old car, is friends with a lazy Basset Hound and wears a light raincoat. A cigar and a trench coat are the main distinguishing features of the corrosive and smart Columbo.

What a real trench coat is made of

Trench coats were made from gabardine, which appeared in 1870. It is a cotton material, sometimes wool, and is waterproofed. All technology is designed to keep the raindrops flowing down.

The trench coat has several distinguishing features:

– double-breasted

– with a yoke, shoulder straps and a turn-down collar

– cuffs are tightened around the wrists with straps

– the belt is equipped with an oval buckle

– with a slot in the back, fastened with a button.

How to wear

While men were showing off in raincoats in the movies, women quietly dragged trench coats into their real wardrobe. Together with them, various accessories came to the image of a raincoat: extended sleeves, wide belts, a flared bottom, no pockets and shoulder straps. The trench coat can be worn for work, a walk and even a secular party. The main rule here is that the trench coat is combined with everything: with jeans and sneakers, cowboy heels and miniskirts, evening dresses and stilettos. If you are going to a social event, it is better to throw a trench coat over your shoulders, so casually and elegantly.

The belt can be fastened with a buckle or tied in a knot. Usually the knot is done in the front, but it looks good in the back too. However, in men’s fashion, a buckled trench coat is mauvais ton.

The stronger sex should choose a larger size raincoat.And it is better to try on a raincoat with a jacket or blazer. The trench coat should in no way hinder the movements of its owner. Single-breasted or double-breasted – it already depends on your preferences.

Bright colors are relevant in the new season. Designers also favor all sorts of shades of white and gold. However, the classic beige, gray and black trench coats are still popular.

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How to wear raincoats and trench coats – FURFUR

By the beginning of autumn, FURFUR prepared a series of materials on the types of waterproof clothing.We have already talked about raincoats, and immediately after them raincoats and trench coats follow in terms of the degree of waterproofing.

Trench and raincoat are not so distant concepts. By and large, a trench coat is a subspecies of a raincoat with a more complex design. Unlike a raincoat, it is loved not for its absolute usefulness, but for everything else that is attached to waterproofness: beauty, relevance, a checkered lining and a belt that can dangle imposingly behind your back.But neither a raincoat nor a trench coat can compare with a raincoat in terms of the degree of protection from the rain. Why? Yes, if only because they do not have a hood, and without it, they will not be able to claim the title of an umbrella substitute. Nevertheless, there will always be a place for a good raincoat in a men’s wardrobe, which means in our section “Style”.

Raincoats and Macs

1. Illustration, presumably early 20th century 2. French advertising for raincoats, presumably late 19th century 3.A snapshot from the archive of The Sartorialist 4. Steve McQueen as Detective Bullitt in the 1968 film of the same name. 5. John Cusack, still from the movie “Say Anything”, 1989. 6. George Peppard in a mac and Audrey Hepburn in a trench coat on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

The main distinguishing feature (and at the same time the main advantage) of raincoats is the material from which they are made. In 1823, Scottish chemist Charles Mackintosh invented rubberized fabric. Before that, only waxed fabrics, like those sewn by Barbour, could protect from the rain.Macintosh moved away from the technology of waxing fabric, replacing it with a more technically reliable procedure. His solution was more technological than fashionable (the work of a chemist, after all), and consisted in gluing two cloths with a solution of rubber, which were then pressed and heated. Sewing a raincoat out of this is a much less innovative business, it hardly took the creator much time. As a result, the name of Macintosh began to be called not only the company, but also the raincoats themselves, and the fabric from which they are made.

“When people hear the word mac, they usually think of the classic British cloak. The term has become well-known, now it is a household name, referring to the type of outerwear, and not to the manufacturing company. But I think this is strange, because for the Mackintosh company the fabric they invented and which is also called was a much more significant invention than the raincoat model “

– Derek Guy,

Blog Writer Die, Workwear !, Contributor For Put This On

Macintosh (or “poppy”, as it is sometimes called in English-speaking countries) is a rather simple thing, in fact, it has nothing to boast about, except for its water-repellent fabric and long history. A single-breasted raincoat with no buttons visible, except perhaps the top, no special details, corduroy collars or a check lining. Macintosh is as simple and unchanging as the multiplication table, but just as irreplaceable. At least for those who save from the rain not jeans and sweatshirts, but shirts and suits. And this is not because macs can only be afforded by gentlemen in suits (although this, too, is still not the cheapest thing), just a raincoat is objectively the most comfortable outerwear, under which it is comfortable to wear a jacket.Competition here is only a trench coat, but this is just a kind of raincoat, so there is no contradiction in the statement.

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In 1880, another fabric, gabardine, tried to resist weather misunderstandings like rain. It was invented by Thomas Burberry, who by that time had already opened an outerwear company named after him. Unlike macintosh fabric, gabardine threads were made waterproof even before weaving, but as a result, both materials had very similar properties: they were light, but dense, low-yield, but waterproof.

Nowadays, classic macs are rarely worn: they seem boring and can often add a couple or even a dozen years to your real age, but who needs it? But I think, despite this, the mac will not be forgotten for a long time. In the last century, macs were found constantly, and the word itself was recorded in books and songs – for example, in the book “Lion’s Mane” in 1927, the writer Arthur Conan Doyle writes: he had unlaced canvas shoes.When he fell, the coat slipped off, revealing his torso. ”

Trench coats

1. Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”, 1942. 2. Advertising of waterproof clothing Driway 3. Steve McQueen hugging a beauty 4. Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, 70s 5. Alain Delon in the movie “Samurai”, 1967. (center) 6. Image from the Herno archives (bottom row, middle) 7. Old advertising poster Gap

By the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Thomas Burberry was tasked with modernizing his gabardine cloak and making it suitable for use in the fields battle.The silhouette of the cloak became narrower, epaulettes appeared on the shoulders, straps-fasteners on the sleeves, which were tightened to keep out the wind, on the pockets – buttons, and at the waist – a belt with a leather buckle and D-rings on the straps, which really fastened military equipment. The only thing missing was the hood, but, apparently, the military got along with helmets. The raincoat was called a trench coat, soon this name, reduced to a simple “trench”, stuck to it forever. The British army was happy, the soldiers continued to wear trench coats after the war, the civilians looked with envy and wanted to wear the same.

Between the two wars, in 1924, Burberry first used plaid for the lining of Burberry trench coats, which later became a completely independent reason for buying a trench coat of this particular brand. However, the tartan cage is the only decorative addition, all the other details, thought out once for the military, carried a specific function and still remain the distinctive features of trench coats.

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Cage Sample

“The modern trench coat is almost identical to the old originals, although today the fabric may contain synthetic fibers such as polyester.In Great Britain, a trench coat is perceived as a light outerwear, and gentlemen wear it regardless of whether it is raining outside or not. “

– Glenn O’Brien,

author of How To Be A Man,
contributor to US GQ

In Russian conditions, trench coats are scolded for two things: high cost and uselessness associated with climatic features. Say, after a hot summer, we immediately have a cold autumn, when there is time to wear a trench coat, if you immediately put on a coat and a warmer jacket. It’s hard to argue with that, but trench coats are a timeless classic to wear whenever you want: you can take out your trench coat once a year for two weeks, wear it until it gets too cold, put it back into your wardrobe, and after a year (and another after a year, and after another five) repeat exactly the same thing, without fear that it is no longer fashionable.

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Some tips on how to wear raincoats and trench coats

In good weather – open it, tying the belt at the back or dropping its ends into the pockets.

In rainy weather – buttoned up, with a raised collar and a belt tied at the front.

The classics of the genre are beige, black and blue colors. The first two look good with pretty much everything, but the last one, which is blue, shouldn’t be worn with a black suit.

The raincoat is a prerogative of autumn and spring, so summer topsides will look strange with it.

A thick, high-necked sweater under a raincoat or trench coat is not a good idea, if only because these things are designed for two different seasons. If it’s so cold that it’s time to switch to heavy knit sweaters, you should also change the trench coat to a warmer jacket.

Thin sweaters with a V-neck and a shirt underneath look much more advantageous under a trench coat.

8 cool trench coats – and why they are the perfect clothes for Minsk

Why do you need a trench coat at all?

Firstly, it makes beautiful, clear shoulders. You may have already noticed that in clothes with lowered sleeves (they are often found in warm coats and thick sweaters), the entire silhouette looks softer and more voluminous. And if you put on a thing in a rigid form – the same leather biker jacket or a classic jacket – then the whole silhouette looks slimmer and thinner, as if a person had thrown off a couple of kilos per second.And all this is often due to the strict shoulder line. In trench coats, the shoulder line is great, and even if you put on a T-shirt, shirt and hoodie under it, the figure as a whole will still look very collected and compact, nothing will creep.

Yes, now there are a lot of trendy off-shoulder trench coats, as if from the 80s, they are usually so wide that you can put on a huge sweater or a small jacket inside. In such trench coats, you can still look slim – because when you tie a belt in it, the waist, in contrast to the rest of the large volume, will seem even narrower.

Secondly, this is the ideal clothing for Minsk. The trench coats were invented so that the soldiers in the trenches did not care about rain and wind. Later, the women, convinced that it was a really comfortable thing, stole the trench coat from the men’s wardrobe – just as they slyly did with men’s pantsuits, vests, parkas and bombers. It is not so disgusting to walk down the street in trench coats on cloudy days: they protect from the neck to the knees and do not become heavy – but coats, for example, get wet more and seem to gain an extra pound.And in Minsk, according to statistics, it rains for a third of the year. Don’t think the trench coat is just for summer. Even on New Year’s Eve in 2014 and 2015, it rained.

Thirdly, the trench coat, oddly enough, is especially good in the most peaceful times, when you just need to go to the park, for a bun, or just stagger wherever you please. Especially trench coats will help pranks and rakes. Those who do not need to go to the office, those who can walk even all day long in stretched pants. Because there is such a serious problem in the modern world: what to go outside if you have old soft pants and sneakers, but want a little chic? Why not, we live once! So if you put a trench coat on top even on the most wrinkled tracksuit of a non-marking color, you will definitely get chic! And you will not look like a person who so sideways ran to the store for sausages in jeans and a jacket, but you will be a person who has a serious task – maintaining a well-fed life in the name of peace on earth.

What mistakes can there be when choosing a trench coat? These clothes were created for war, and this spirit of masculinity, severity, standing to the end must remain in it. Therefore, in everyday life, trench coats that go to the knee (or slightly lower, that’s for your taste) look best. Trench coats, which are up to mid-thigh or a little lower, look somehow naive, the spirit of war disappears in them, in the mass market in such a length, trench coats are often made even somehow pathetic and provincial. They also sew short models from thin fabric that does not withstand bad weather.

Perhaps you will say: this is just a coat, or some kind of cloak, and you have spread philosophy here! But a trench coat is very different from a raincoat, and even more so from a coat. The trench coat has shoulder straps (a raincoat and a coat – typically not), a flying yoke (this is that piece of fabric over the shoulder blades, and not your frivolous friend-stewardess), two rows of buttons (for raincoats and coats, this is not necessary at all), a belt (for a coat and this cloak is also often not).Trench coats are also made of dense waterproof fabric (originally – gabardine), and coats are made of wool or something similar to it, raincoats are usually thinner than trench coats. Well, the most fashionable raincoats now are kind of like Stussy, and most of all they look like very expensive raincoats for mushroom pickers, shoulder straps and two rows of buttons are not even there.

The trench coat looks especially good when well worn. Wrinkled fabric at the fold of the sleeves, a frayed belt (not neatly tightened, but tied in a knot), an upturned collar – and now you already look a little more dashing rubbed up than you were five minutes ago.

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90,000 what to look for – Fashion – Home

Whatever raincoat is – fitted or elongated, cape or classic English trench – this season it is relevant in any form. Therefore, when going shopping, you need to clearly understand what exactly you want to buy, otherwise, being confused by the huge choice, you risk either losing a lot of time, or buying something that you would like not quite. Let’s see what fashion novelties can be found in stores, and what you should pay attention to.

1. Color and print

Trench, Valentino, Burberry Prorsum, Fall-Winter 2014/2015
This fall, designers of many fashion houses have included raincoats in bright colors or with prints in their outerwear lines. There is no favorite color, no definite direction in the drawing, so nothing limits your choice. Bright ideas can be found at Dsquared2 , Giorgio Armani Prive , Tod’s , Vika Gazinskaya , Valentino , Burberry Prorsum or Prada. However, in more democratic brands, you can also find excellent options.

Raincoat, Prada, Tod’s, fall-winter 2014/2015
Having decided to acquire a raincoat of a non-standard color, one must understand that this not quite everyday wardrobe detail requires careful attention to itself. Think carefully about your bow, choose shoes and accessories, taking into account the fact that the main color accent in the image will be the raincoat. These models look great in combination with dark tight tights and black classic ankle boots – the perfect ensemble for urban landscapes.

2. Leather

Leather raincoats, Miu Miu, Lanvin, fall-winter 2014/2015
Outerwear made of leather is distinguished by functionality, convenience, and most importantly – a large scope for creativity. After all, the material itself is surprisingly diverse: only one ordinary pigskin has five varieties of dressing.

Leather trench coats, Ports 1961, Saint Laurent Paris, fall-winter 2014/2015
The list of brands whose designers in the autumn-winter collections preferred leather as a material for raincoats is quite large.There are both fairly conservative brands and names that are distinguished by the most creative and even scandalous approach to fashion: Sportmax , Lanvin , Miu Miu , Ports 1961 , Saint Laurent Paris , Guy Laroche , Valentin Yudashkin , Erdem , Derek Lam , Vivienne Tam and many others.

Reptile skin raincoats, Dsquared2, Erdem, fall-winter 2014/2015
As in the case of bright colors, there is no unanimity either in the choice of style or in the choice of length.Therefore, it remains at the discretion of the customers. As for color, the main emphasis in the collections of most fashion houses is placed on leather in classic shades: black, beige and all shades of brown, although there are also models of bright colors.

3. Transparency

Raincoats made of transparent material, Red Valentino, Miu Miu, fall-winter 2014/2015
Transparent raincoats “blew up” the fashion world for a long time. Since then, the graph of their popularity looks like a sinusoid – either everyone unanimously calls them the must-have of the season, then they are consigned to oblivion as something devoid of elegance and aristocracy.Transparent materials are back in fashion this season. But mainly in the youth lines: DKNY , Red Valentino , Miu Miu , Wanda Nylon , David Koma and other brands that are more focused on the young consumer, have relied on transparency this season. It should also be noted that in the upcoming season this trend has slightly transformed under the influence of fashion for sports: if earlier designers tried to keep a classic cut, today they unanimously abandoned clear silhouettes in favor of sports grunge.

Transparency in raincoats, Nonoo, David Koma, Fall-Winter 2014/2015
Such raincoats should be combined with casual clothes, that is, with everything that does not fit the office dress code: jeans, bell skirts, T-shirts, T-shirts, Bermuda shorts, leggings, sweatshirts, etc.

4. Classic

Timeless classics, Burberry Prorsum, Louis Vuitton, Zara, fall-winter 2014/2015

When it comes to a classic trench coat, the first thing that comes to mind is the traditional English trench coat.Introduced at the very beginning of the twentieth century, as part of the military uniform of soldiers of the British army, the trench coat became incredibly popular among English men immediately after the end of the First World War. And the movement for gender equality, having introduced military fashion, finally strengthened the trench coat both in the wardrobes of British women and on the fashionable stage. Thanks to its durability and versatility, this double-breasted raincoat with cuffs and shoulder straps has become one of the most popular outerwear around the world.

Classic Trench Coats, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Fall-Winter 2014/2015

Timeless classics, something that will definitely never go out of style – as soon as they call the classic English trench coat Burberry Prorsum , and all this is well deserved.The head designer of the brand – Christopher Bailey certainly does not forget about this, and, in addition to experimenting with color, you can also find classic styles of trench coats in this fall-winter collection. And, of course, Burberry Prorsum has a ton of following. For example, this season, variations on the classic English trench coat can be found in the collections of the legendary French brand Louis Vuitton or the Italian Fashion House Armani .

5. Experiments with materials

Trench coats, Burberry Prorsum, fall-winter 2014/2015
Trench coats made of denim, brocade, silk, sheared fur, rare reptile skin, velvet and other not quite typical materials are a real hit of the upcoming season.Given the variety of color schemes, there is no doubt that no woman will go unnoticed in such a trench coat. A whimsical combination of classic form and experimenting with materials can be found in the Burberry Prorsum , ASOS , Phillip Lim , Dsquared2 , Altuzarra , Prada and many others.

Raincoats in shiny fabric, Marco de Vincenzo, Valentino, fall-winter 2014/2015

Such trench coats, of course, have an interesting idea and unusual design, but they are completely unsuitable for everyday use.When purchasing this kind of wardrobe item, you need to understand that it requires a very careful attitude towards itself. First, be careful when complementing such a thing with bright accessories – you run the risk of overloading the image, making it inappropriate. Secondly, trench coats in a classic style (Burberry Prorsum) are generally combined only with a business wardrobe, that is, an ensemble with jeans in this case will look extremely ridiculous. The same applies to shoes: moccasins or slippers – definitely not, only classic pumps with heels are appropriate here.

Brocade and denim raincoats, Erdem, Marques Almeida, fall-winter, 2014/2015
So, we realized that a trench coat is a must-have in the wardrobe of any modern woman. Agree, a properly selected trench coat has a lot of advantages: it is versatile, functional, and most importantly, it has not gone out of fashion for just over a hundred years. Finding the perfect trench coat is not so easy, it should fit the general image, and most importantly, fit the figure like a glove, so it may take more than one day to find it.But believe me, it’s worth it. Be stylish in the coming season!

90,000 Everything you need to know about a women’s trench coat

Hardly any wardrobe item has as rich a history as a trench coat, even jeans, this urban legend, cannot boast the same pedigree! In a basic wardrobe – it doesn’t matter whether it is Parisian or some other – the trench coat rightfully occupies a special place, because this thing is from the category of timeless, utilitarian, chic and comfortable at the same time.

The classic trench coat is worn with everything and everywhere, calmly experiences seasonal fluctuations in fashion, does not ask for bread (well, that is, any special care), and beats off its cost (sometimes considerable) to a penny.

TRENCH

Trench coat – literally translated from English “trench coat” – was created specifically for the needs of the soldiers of the English army, who were sent to die in trenches during the First World War. I will not retell the detailed history of the creation of the trench coat, there is a Wikipedia for this, but I will dwell on some facts useful to us.

What is important to know about a classic trench coat? Anyone who has spent more than a week in London and enjoyed the whims of the English weather will understand what exactly inspired Thomas Burberry to create a windproof and waterproof raincoat.Burberry, the rheumatic founder of the Burberry brand, invented gabardine long before the war, and this is what helped him become a contractor for the British army.

Gabardine is a fabric that is woven in a special way (the so-called twill weave ), a distinctive feature of gabardine is a small scar on the front side, going at an angle. Such weaving makes the fabric more dense, it acquires water-repellent properties and protects well from the wind – an ideal cocktail for the needs of the army.In addition to the fabric, Thomas Burberry has developed a unique design of a merino wool coat, with a warm lining, with many useful details. These details have been preserved in the classic trench coat to this day, although they no longer represent any functional value (for example, the famous D-buckle on the belt was originally used to hang grenades on it, but who cares today?).

The coats were so comfortable, warm and light that the soldiers continued to wear them at home, which benefited the brand – Burberry trench coats began to be perceived as a symbol of masculinity.In the women’s wardrobe, “trench coats” migrated with the light hand of Greta Garbo, who appeared in one of them on the screen in 1928, and then Marlene Dietrich, a lover of menswear, also appeared in a trench coat. In the early 40s, women’s trench coats were registered in the wardrobes of British and American women, and after the war, this fashion came to Europe.

Marlene Dietrich, 1948 Audrey Hepburn, 1962

LADIES TRENCH: ANATOMY

What is the right trench coat? Today, there are a great many variations on the theme of a trench coat, but before embarking on the study of these variations, you need to know the classics.Gold Standard Burberry Heritage Trench Coat:

High collar , which initially protected the soldiers from the wind, and today rises to give the image more chic.

Epaulettes – originally this detail was used for patches that showed the rank of a soldier, but today it is one of the most recognizable decorative details.

Shotgun Valve – This odd asymmetrical detail protected the soldier’s shoulder during firing (an extra layer of fabric softened the recoil of the rifle).

The double row of buttons made the whole structure more durable, today it is also an important element of the classic trench coat. The original version of the trench coat should have exactly 10 buttons, but this number varies from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Belt with buckle. Soldiers used the buckle for its intended purpose – it allowed them to quickly tighten the belt in case of bad weather. Today, no one uses the buckle, the belt of the trench coat is worn tied with a knot in the front or back.

Tightening cuffs. This most recognizable sleeve detail originally allowed the soldier to quickly tighten the cuffs in the event of a cold snap. Today nobody tightens the cuffs, so this detail plays an exclusively decorative function.

Deep pockets. Those who are not familiar with the history of the trench coat are sometimes surprised by the disproportionately large pockets of the classic Burber – they are indeed unexpectedly deep. Initially, this was done so that soldiers could put binoculars and maps there, and thanks to the maniacal English adherence to traditions (even completely outdated ones), this story has survived to this day.However, today no one puts anything outstanding in their pockets so as not to violate the geometry of the trench coat.

Coquette , or additional wind protection. This detail on the back of a classic trench coat is designed to protect its owner from sudden gusts of wind.

D-buckle – the one designed specifically to hang grenades, gloves and other army personal belongings on it.

Slot. Slit on the back allows you to walk in peace even in the longest trench coats, this cut inherited from the classic men’s trench coat.

The iconic women’s trench coat is sewn, of course, by Burberry. The brand has several lines in different price categories, and the trench coat itself is sewn in several variations. However, trench coats today are sewn not only by the brand-inventor, in the collections of almost every fast fashion brand there are always several trench coats, you just need to know what to look for.

WHAT TRENCH TO CHOOSE

Today trench coats are made from a wide variety of materials, although we remember that we need a thing that is not only fashionable, but also functional, and we are looking for a gabardine trench coat (remember the rib?).The trench coat can be wool, silk, lyocell, or polyester (most often mixed with cotton), but a versatile trench coat will most likely be made of cotton gabardine (the label will say 100% cotton).

Trench coats are sewn from fabrics of various colors and prints, but as a basic thing you should have a thing in a neutral color: beige (the color of building putty), khaki, black, blue. If you don’t have a trench coat yet, and you are just looking at it, then start with beige (it comes in different shades, lighter or darker), such a trench coat will become a universal lifesaver.

HOW AND WITH WHAT TO WEAR WOMEN’S TRENCH

If you are not the wife of a millionaire, and do not change trench coats every season, then, of course, it is worth investing in classic models. In the case of a trench coat, it will be a women’s trench coat with a straight cut to the middle of the thigh or to the knee. It can be worn buttoned up, tying the belt in a knot (never use a buckle, you are not a WWI sergeant), draped over the shoulders like a soldier’s overcoat (or like Alexa Chung), or open, tying the belt with a knot on the back.

The knot on the back is a different story: remember the scene from the movie “Love and Doves” with the legendary phrase “I’m knitting another knot !.. “? So, there is a whole Science of Tying the Trench Belt from the Back. Into a beautiful node:

This trench coat suits almost everyone and can be worn with both classic and casual stories. An open trench coat looks great with jeans and stensmiths, and on the way out we put on a dress, heels, fasten the trench coat and tie a belt, raise the collar, raise the sleeves with an accordion, paint our lips with red lipstick and go to battle everyone with our charm.Like any basic thing, a trench coat works well with what are called statement pieces and other basic items like white shirts – don’t forget to roll up your sleeves and let the blouse sleeve out from under the sleeve of the trench coat, so the whole story will be less bland.

Women’s trench coat in a neutral beige range goes well with jeans, a Breton (navy stripe), any clothes and shoes of dense bright colors (for example, with red shoes). And, of course, with rubber boots.

Photo: cashmeremilk.com

A knee-length trench coat is not worn with a long skirt, and baggy pants do not go well with a trench coat (as well as with other structural items).

SHORT TRENCH

A trench-length to the top of the thigh is perfect for short women, over whom a classic trench coat can dominate with its details, and does not suit girls with a pear-shaped figure, as it emphasizes the disproportionate volume of the priests.Such a trench coat goes well with straight dresses (what is called a day dress, plain or with a print), trousers and jeans, and it is also convenient to drive in it (it does not wrinkle). In a classic wardrobe, such a trench coat is not the main one, and it is bought as a second trench coat, an alternative to the canon one to mid-thigh.

FLATED TRENCH

Trench coat with a detachable bottom part, which diverges from the waist with a wide trapezoid and lies in soft folds.This model is often sewn, for example, from silk and other luxurious materials, and is worn out with a dress and with heels. The dress (or skirt) should be shorter than a trench coat, in which all the buttons are fastened, the belt is tied, the collar is raised and the sleeves are rolled up.

Photo: Ulyana Sergeenko for Burberry

ANKLE TRENCH

Another luxurious trench coat for tall slender women. Such a trench coat should really be ankle-length and never buttoned up (so as not to look like the characters in the movie “The Matrix”).Wear it with sneakers, ballet flats and flat-soled boots, or with heels open or with a belt tied to indicate the waist (but not buttoning the trench coat itself).

WHERE TO BUY

Burberry’s iconic trench coats are, of course, prohibitive (in the classic Heritage line, prices start from $ 1200-1500). However, if you crave your own Burberry trench coat, but you don’t have the money for a new thing, you can set a goal and find a vintage trench coat.Items from the 80s – 90s in good condition can be found for € 100-200 on ebay. It will be difficult to find classic trench coats up to mid-thigh in beige (they fly away very quickly), but all sorts of alternatives are quite. Important: look at the seller’s rating, and if there are not enough photos on the site, ask for additional ones (to be sure that there are no serious stains or damage on the item). Don’t worry about the quality: a real trench coat with careful wear can be inherited by your daughter.

For more sane money, you can see trench coats in the lines of sub-premium brands – Comptoir des Cottonier, Gerard Darrel, etc. (the price will be two to three times lower, there will be no complaints about the quality (cut, materials)). High street brands – Zara, Gap, H&M, Asos – sew trench coats every season (we look at the quality of the fabric, fit, stitching), in the collections of these brands you can buy a classic-style trench coat for $ 80-100, and then wear it for a long time and happily.

Trench by HilfigerTrench by AsosTrench by Zara

If you have the financial ability, then it makes sense to spend money on a trench coat – this thing is absolutely universal (as they say, “in a feast and in the world”), not subject to seasonal fluctuations in fashion, not capricious in leaving, and relieves headaches on the theme of outerwear at the end of April-May, September and cold summer.So even if the price seems prohibitive, divide it by 30 (a good trench coat will last at least 10 years, at least 3 months a year) – this will be the cost of a month’s wear. That is, 90,083 is the real 90,084 cost of a trench coat for your budget.

With a boring and well-worn trench coat, you can do radically: cut off the sleeves and wear in spring and rainy summer, for example, on blouses-jumpers with long sleeves (or short!). Mass-market trench coats can be made more interesting by replacing the plastic buttons with vintage or native Burberry buttons (available on etsy), changing the belt, altering the cuffs, or sticking thermal stickers on it (for example, on the back of the collar, which is visible only when you lift it ).

How many trench coats do you need to have in your wardrobe for complete happiness? Let’s say in an ideal world there are three. A classic mid-knee beige as a versatile piece, a luxurious black or beige made from soft silk gabardine (with a cut-off trapeze hem) to wear on a night out with a dress and heels, and a short trench coat for spring-early fall, especially if you are driving.

However, this set can rightfully be called basic, and no one bothers you to expand it by adding colors (red, blue, green, yellow trench coats are sewn every season) or prints (Burberry, for example, has a whole separate line on this topic, and not only from Burberry).

And let the space in your closet and your financial conscience be your limit.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PERFECTION: SILHOUETTE AND COLOR PALETTE

An impeccable sense of style is made up of different components, but it is still based on quite logical constants: understanding the geometry of your body, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to choose and wear only those things that emphasize strengths and hide weaknesses.

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ANATOMY OF A PARIS WARDROBE: THINGS, BRANDS, COMBINATIONS

In this book, I talk about the basic constants of the Parisian wardrobe, and about the basic Parisian combinations: what to wear, what to wear, how to wear. For convenience, the book is divided into 3 large blocks (“bottoms”, “tops”, “outerwear”), and in each block I describe in detail the subjects that form the basis of the Parisian style.

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Terry Material – BRANDSHOP – LiveJournal

Soft towels, bathrobes and even slippers made of terry cloth are familiar to us firsthand.On the surface of such a material there is a small pile formed due to the loops of the threads. This is terry cloth. However, as is often the case in the fashion industry, inquisitive minds have reworked familiar material. The result is French terry. To understand its features, let’s go a little deeper into history.

Creation of Terry

Terry cloth is a looped fabric that can absorb large amounts of water. In addition, it is very breathable. Terry is mainly created on special weaving machines, where cotton is taken as a basis, less often flax or bamboo.Due to its structure, the fabric has massage properties, which is why it began to be used for household items. Among them are towels, bathrobes, pillows, linens and even insoles. They contain cotton and sometimes polyester.

In Russia, the material has gained popularity relatively recently. Before that we used linen fabric. Then came Turkish products, better known as waffle towels. They were incredibly tough, but at first they were considered an element of luxury.Only in the 19th century, thanks to the growth of industry, terry cloth saw the light. One of the first brands to succeed in its creation was the English brand Christy.

Garment terry fabric

Manufacturers could not pass by a soft and quick-drying material with good breathability. But terry cloth as it was used for towels was not suitable for clothing. The result was french terry, a terry jersey that has loops on one side (usually inside) and a smooth, soft surface on the other.It is a lightweight, moisture-wicking material that is comfortable to wear all year round. It is heavier than cotton for T-shirts, but lighter than most sweatshirts.

The fabric is used both separately and as one of the layers for warm equipment. So The North Face and Champion offer cozy sweatshirts with or without a hood, made of French terry. Californian brand Stussy makes shirts and T-shirts from soft fabrics. In the new Napapijri The Tribe collection, sweatshirts, shorts and trousers are made from cotton-based terry fabric.

Sports and casual wear for many brands includes a modified terry material. This can be a T-shirt, sweatshirt or trousers made from 100% cotton or a cotton blend with a small percentage of rayon, polyester, lycra or spandex.

French terry is still extremely popular and is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. To summarize, we will list all the advantages of the fabric:

  • Incredible comfort – soft yarns on the inside are pleasant to the touch. It creates a feeling of coziness and perfectly retains heat.
  • Water permeability. The material maintains a normal temperature and dries incredibly quickly. It removes moisture to the outside.
  • Flexibility. Terry ensures the flexibility of the product and does not constrain movement during active sports.
  • Ideal weight. The fabric is heavier than standard T-shirt cotton, but lighter than traditional sweatshirt fabric. It can be worn in any weather all year round.

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