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History Of The Classic Trench Coat

Updated on May 1, 2017

A Fashion That Defies Time

From there very conception to today, there are fashion items that just keep coming back year after year. Yes, sometimes they are tweaked a bit, but still very recognizable to their original design. The classic trench coat is one of the top ten fashions that since its conception has never gone out of style. Some call it the "Mackintosh" some call it a trench coat, whatever you call this popular style of outerwear it continues to keep its place in fashion year after year. Just think of a rainy day, if you wear a great stylish trench coat you will look cute while dodging raindrops. Wouldn't that change up your attitude about that grey day? The versatile trench coat is a wardrobe must have for most women. It's a true classic, that defies time. The trench coat can be worn with sportswear or in a pinch will do you well for that special evening out. The trench coat has been around for a very long time, and is most likely going to be around for some time to come.

So, just what defines a classic trench coat ?

A trench coat is an over garment, a coat. It's meant to be roomy to provide for comfort, and ease of wear. The trench coat as a rule is double-breasted, although some designers cut them single-breasted with five holes. There are as a rule two pockets, hemmed cuffs, which have wrist straps just above the hem, and the classic trench coat will provide a belt at the waist. The classical length the hem falls just below the knee. Most designers have kept the trench coats original military elements.

The Trench coat has been around seen the 1800's - And is still going strong


Who Made The First Trench Coat

Who designed the first trench coat? Let's have a look at a bit of history on the trench coat. The first trench coats were waterproof and usually calf-length, the funny thing is they were not first called A Trench coat, they were called Macintosh's. Named after "Charles Macintosh" the man that designed the first Trench coat. "Macintosh" was given a formula that turned coal tar into rubber. In 1823, with this new durable fabric he patent the first raincoat. The trench coat was made durable and waterproof do to a method of layering naphtha softened rubber between a sandwich of woven woolen cloth. It was not long after that (1830) a gentleman by the name "Thomas Hancock", that was a well known manufacturer and competitor in waterproofed goods, decided to become partners with Charles Macintosh . In 1843 they patented the vulcanization process making the naphtha rubber material. Naphtha rubber was a more malleable single layer of rubber. This new and improved cloth seemed to do well in both cold, and warm weather, and repelled water well.

Thomas Burberry's Trench Coat

The trench coat needed to be made more comfortable, and lighter weight.

In 1856 a "Thomas Burberry" a businessman from Hampshire England, considered the Mackintosh coat as problematic. Due to its heavy waterproofing material the garment could be very warm, and uncomfortable to wear. "Burberry" began working with cotton fabric that would give the "Mack" a more breathable, comfortable feeling when worn. Burberry decided to make his trench coat out of Egyptian cotton. He milled this fine cotton into a very sturdy long staple cotton fabric, calling the fabric "gabardine twill". The new resultant woven gabardine twill used no rubber . The fabric was not only very durable, but had breathability, while still great at repelling water. Burberry patented gabardine in 1879, and began making his lightweight Trench coats, as well as types of clothing using the new gabardine fabric. Burberry opened a shop in London in 1891 and then went on to opened shops in Paris, Berlin and New York. Burberry clothing has had the royal seal of approval for over a century, worn by Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens, not to mention stars, and celebrities all over the world. One of the first original Burberry trench coats was included in the First World War airmen's military uniform. Today the trench coat is considered to be a classic garment. Throughout the 1990s the "House Of Burberry" has employed various well known international designers to make sure the trench coat is stylish and updated yearly, to insure that the Burberry image be kept up globally.

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Each year designers strive to make the trench coat fresh, and trendy

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The Classic Women's Trench Coat

Years have passed, however, the trench coat has held on well to its well earned place in fashions that defy time, and I am sure it will keeps its place in fashion for many years to come.

Each year designers strive to make the trench coat fresh, and trendy. By adding their own personal touches to the trench coat, designers keep the fashionista coming back year after year, to buy the newest trends. The trench coats design has played a large part in fashion. The trench coats design can be seen spilling over into women's dresses, blouses, evening wear, you name it .


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      awesomeinfo 4 years ago

      superb...I just love this.

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      Annette_corie 5 years ago

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      sarakastic 5 years ago

      I still have a trenchcoat from 5 years ago that is still fashionable!

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      dustintrentin 6 years ago

      WOW, a lot of information... thanks.

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      Adrijan 6 years ago

      good work

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      daftrude 6 years ago

      I used to wear a leather trench coat. I was badass.

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      mplgmg 6 years ago

      nice fashion collection for 2012

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      mplgmg 6 years ago

      Nice fashion collection for 2012

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Very informative - my wife says the same thing, some stuff just doesn't go out of style

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      elliestevens 6 years ago

      The great thing about classic fashion of course is that you don't need to worry about replacing your wardrobe every year. I wish somebody would tell that to my daughter as she refuses to wear anything that is not up to the minute trendy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Good selection of classic styles.

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      Addalicia 6 years ago

      Great lens and info, thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens :)

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      Vivian7878 6 years ago

      I like The Little Black Dress and the pose of the model.