The Trench coat is one of the most iconic and timeless fashion items. First made as an item for army officers, it was originally made with waterproof heavy-duty cotton, with length that would vary from above the knees to below the ankles. First created by Thomas Burberry, in 1879, founder of the high-luxury brand Burberry, it quickly became their most recognisable piece, beige, long and with their signature checked pattern inside.
Over the years, it has become one of the most versatile and iconic pieces across the haute coutures houses and in our wardrobes. Essentially a blank canvas, designers have been able to rework the Trench in all manner of ways to keep it updated and on trend. Now with contrasting lengths, colours, styling combinations and patterns, once again, we see it’s dominance throughout the FW20/21 fashion shows.
This season, trends gave a new look to the traditional feeling of the trench coat, most designers made them with a contemporary yet elegant twist for the modern woman, as we could see on the Stella Mccartney and Hermes show. During the fashion shows it was possible to see many variations of the trench, with new silhouettes, shoulder cuts and fabrics.
Worn over almost any outfit, styling a Trench does not require huge effort. However, a couple of handy styling tricks we suggest are wearing with a monochromatic look, or conversely in stark contrast with the under garment, be that print, pattern or colour. Once not complete without a belt, this season we see new substitutions by ribbons or by patch pockets, giving an increase in the straight cut versions.
A capsule classic item, essential for every woman, regardless of style, country and work culture. This coat brings a sense of formality, yet functionality, and gives room to explore with outfits underneath. Investing in a Trench with a twist or unexpected detail is a sure way of proving your style.