Trench Coats are an eternal classic coat style, highly visible on the catwalks in 2011 and a ‘hot’ item for Fashionistas with attitude this Autumn.
English heritage is synonymous with this garment as the trench coat originated as a military uniform worn by British and French soldiers during World War I on battlefields of France. It was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats being worn at the time. This detail is perhaps not so relevant when considering what to wear right now…However a great deal of media coverage has emphasised this historical context which has informed military trends for the last three seasons.
The trench coat is intrinsic to the Burberry brand which promoted the social media video, 'The Art of the Trench' in 2009. Fashionistas across London are yet to let this prime example of on trend style go, and remains a firm essential in many a lady's wardrobe right now.
Trench coats continue to look great on women, regardless of seasonal trends such as changes in length or silhouette. This winter the Ladies Trench has been given a modern makeover. It is shorter, foxier and more casual, typically cut above the knee and is made of lighter fabrics than the originals.
As well as more traditional classic shades of black, grey, beige, navy or camel, a girl can also make more of a statement by wearing brighter shades such as red, coral, green, yellow or even a leopard print.
The sleeves are often worn rolled up, ruched or gathered. Some designs have sleeves already cropped. This week's style icon is channelling everyday, casual chic in the form of an autumnal black wool version, cinched at the waist with the ever-present accompanying belt.