Rain, Rain—Go Away; Perhaps I’ll Buy a Trench Today

Julia Restoin Roitfeld in Burberry leather trench coat with black pumps. Photo credit: Dave Benett | Getty Images
Julia Restoin Roitfeld in Burberry leather trench coat with black pumps. Photo credit: Dave Benett | Getty Images

The iconic trench coat. Do you have one in your closet? Has it been dusted off? Is it still fashionable?

The rise of the trench coat’s popularity came after World War I, when it was developed as a lighter option to the heavier coats worn by British and French soldiers. Both Burberry and Aquascutum have claimed to have invented the overcoat frock, dating back to as early as the 1850s. However, it was Thomas Burberry who invented gabardine, and he was credited with creating a design for an Army officer’s raincoat back in 1901.

Women turned to wearing trench coats when iconic figures such as Kate Moss, Goldie Hawn, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn were photographed wearing the piece and turning it into a classic staple for one’s wardrobe. Given the various styles and material trench coats are made of today, women have a wide variety of choices that suit their body types, yet offer a sense of timeless style.

Here are some of my favorite trench coats on the market today. I still love my plaid trench I got years ago from BCBG—and I still wear it—though I am in the market for a solid color trench to round out my wardrobe.

How about you?

Zippered Trench by Guess | guessbymarciano.guess.com
Zippered Trench by Guess | guessbymarciano.guess.com
Linen Trench | Anthropologie.com
Linen Trench | Anthropologie.com
Double-breasted trench | BananaRepublic.com
Double-breasted trench | BananaRepublic.com
Michael Kors Hooded Trench | Macys.com
Michael Kors Hooded Trench | Macys.com
Coach mid-length red trench | Coach.com
Coach mid-length red trench | Coach.com
Tommy Hilfiger Green Trench | Macys.com
Tommy Hilfiger Green Trench | Macys.com
DKNY Trench | Nordstrom.com
DKNY Trench | Nordstrom.com

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