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The Trench Coat: a Simple, Easy and Fun Costume

Updated on May 26, 2016

Have you ever been looking for something to wear and just can't find it? I am not talking about what to wear to work or even on a daily basis. I mean for a party, a costume party. Having it sprung on you at the last minute. A little panic sets in as the local costume store is closed. And you know there is nothing in the house. All you have is the coat on your back. A long trench coat that is. But wait an idea flashes in front of your eyes. Where is my magnifying glass? I could be a detective? But no the Magnifying glass  is lost and I don't have the detective hat the Sherlock Holmes would wear?

Then what comes across my mind but an other idea. You may think it strange but I have had fun with it. And to think I would not have had this idea if it were not for my high school music teacher that let me borrow his trench coat one day to run outside in the rain to help out moving equipment. Yes I soon got my own coat that I have to this day. Granted several buttons have been replaced and the buckle is bent but I don't care. It's my coat and I have enjoyed it for many years.

Anyway there have been three different times that this same trench coat became a costume.

1) College - Yes I went to college and yes I was on a strict budget. So the trench coat was put on, a pair of shorts and a pair of shoes. And wallah the flash was born. Its interesting how after about 30 minutes when suddenly there were others copying my idea. 

2) Library - Yes I was working at a local library and they were having a day where there was a costume contest. So what did I do? You guessed it I once again pulled out the trench coat. Yes I got paid to show up and flash people. And no I never did. Flash then that is. But I did win a contest which was for a very large cookie. Good win you say. Not really it was an oatmeal cookie. And yes you guessed it I don't like oatmeal cookies.

3) The Fair - It was the last day of the Renascence Fair and all the guests had left, and the clean up had been done. It was time for the end of season party and campfire. And yes we were encourage to dress up but not in the fair garb. So out came the trench coat. It was interesting how this seamed normal to those around me.

A final note to those who wish to share in the fun of this costume. There are a couple of things you will need. And there is a good possibility if you are like me you may already have them.


A pair of khaki shorts

Khaki shorts goes over well under the trench coat. This way even if the coat opens up briefly the color will match. It also gives you a few more pockets to work with. Hay it works for me.

A brief part of the costume.

ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxer Brief, Charcoal, Large
ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxer Brief, Charcoal, Large

Yes I did have folks ask if I was serious. Pulling out a pair of briefs from the pocket was a fun way to throw them off the trail.

Also this link has several different colors and patterns to chose from. And since this is a visual thing why not have fun with what you are sharing.


So what do you think about this as a costume?

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In case you don't want to make a mystery of what's under the coat

Here is a second approach to the trench coat costume. Sherlock Holmes. He is one of those that most people will associate with wearing a trench coat. This is also an easy way to take the G rating. As you can see along with the coat the three main items you will need are a magnifying glass, pipe and hat.

Another user for your trench coat

Like the main use of the trench coat this one lets you open up and share with those around you. But not in the same way. And like the second, you are looking a bit more dressed up while doing so. But unlike what it's founded on this one is completely legal. You see on the inside will not be watches but snacks to share at the party. Or in my case it would be chocolate.

Who says playing dress up isn't fun? It all depends on the situation. 

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    • PaigSr profile image

      PaigSr 20 months ago from State of Confussion

      That is true. A bottle could be hidden. But the question is... If they don't know its there, why would they frisk you? Granted it would be an easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day. And for that matter there are several things you could hide in those pockets and pull out. Just to make people wonder what exactly are in those coat pockets?

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      You can hide a bottle in the pocket real easily too and no one will dare frisk you. Great fashion tips.

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      PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Rangoon House - That is true. And the same can be said for many other things.As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But in the same instance so is variety and versatility.

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I love trench coats, but look at them more as chic fashion than costumes. Just shows how versatile they are.