Trench Coats to Brighten Up a Rainy Day

The Trench Coat is back and who brought it back, Kate Middleton of course. Not that it ever went away, but Kate, the future Queen of England, has reminded us how stylish a trench coat can be and how cute we can look during windy or rainy weather or any spring weather. And when you wear a trench coat over your outfit, you're a woman who looks well put together and prepared for any occasion.

Kate's white trench coat from Burberry has become a fashion craze, and why not? She looks stylish and picture-ready but she still looks comfortable.

Kate in her famous Burberry Trench Coat
Kate in her famous Burberry Trench Coat | Source

The Story of the Trench Coat

Our clothes today come from many influences and with the trench coat, it's obvious that its early years started with the military, the British military to be exact. Burberry submitted a design for a rain coat that British officers could wear way back in 1901 to the United Kingdom War office and it became an optional item that the officers could wear. During World War I, the trench coat was modified to include shoulder straps (to accommodate epaulettes and other rank insignia) and D rings (to carry maps and other equipment). It came to be called a trench coat by the soldiers of World War I. It was still used by officers during World War 2 and other countries started to design their own trench coats for their officers althought the Americans ended up using field jackets for their army men since it was more practical. Once the wars were over the men who had the trench coats kept it and used it for cool or rainy days. Others admired its smart look and civilians started to wear them and it has become a fashion staple ever since.

Trench coats now come in many colors although khaki will always be a classic.  Red trench coats are a gorgeous color that look great on many women and it's so eye catching.  White trench coats are similarly eye-catching but you do have to be more careful about getting it dirty since dirt shows up so clearly against a white background.  I have seen trench coats in yellow, pink, purple and all colors of the rainbow so there is a trench coat out there that's just right for you.

Michael Kors Red Trench Coat

Here is a delicious dark red trench coat made from Michael Kors.  There's something about the color red that really makes you stand out during a dreary, rainy morning.  This red trench coat uses buttons to create a distinct look. It has a detachable hood that you can convenient put if the rain comes. It also has epaulets and flap pockets. Made of a combination of 58% cotton and 42% polyester so that the material is breathable but still protects your from the elements.

Michael Kors Black Trench Coat

This is a more traditional trench coat, the length comes down to the knees. It has a detachable hood, adjustable wrist straps, side pockets and made from a blend of 68% cotton and 42% nylon and has a woolen lining.  Perfect for those cool spring or rainy days and even for the fall season.

Armani Exchange Military Trench Coat

The Armani Exchange manages to create a trench coat that is military inspired yet gives off a flirty look. The double row of buttons on the fitted top are reminiscent of many military uniforms but the belt and double pleats in the back makes it very comfortable and feminine.

London Fog Green Trench Coat

London Fog makes quality trench coats in the classic style that you will wear season after season. This is a double-breasted cut with a single pleat in the back and an attached hood. It comes with side flap pockets, adjustable cuffs and made from 100% polyester.  Comes in two colors: black and fern green.

Miss Sixty Women's Missy Trench Coat

This is a very stylist trench coat with a lot of feminine details. It has roll-up conrasting sleeves, pleated back to create a fuller "skirt" for better comfort while walking, and epaulets for a classic look. Made from 57% cotton and 43% polyester.  This trench comes in three colors: ivory, khaki, and black

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6hotfingers3 5 years ago

Enjoyed this Hub. I was once a trench coat wearing person. That was long before the future queen of England was born. I enjoyed reading about the history and genealogy of the trench coat.I agree, it is a classic and ageless coat to adorn the body. Great hub!

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks for the read 6hotingers. I have both a trench and the field jacket variations and I use the field jacket for everyday occasions but the trench for nice occasions.

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