Section: Inclement Weather Wear - Blog
Ah, the functionality of the old school trench coat. It’s a classic - every man needs one in his wardrobe arsenal. However, while it is a versatile piece of outerwear, today’s contemporary styling touches transform this timeless workhouse into fashion forward masterpieces that will have you channeling your inner Bogart in high style.
While the modern trench coat has evolved from its traditional military roots, its sleek, new design does not detract from its practicality. Trench coats are better suited to rainy weather than leather jackets or pea coats, and as far as fashion goes, a well-fitted trench coat is a classier option than a bulky parka.
Refined without looking fussy, it pairs as well with your men’s suits as it does withsmart casual men's wear. Here’s our recommendations for picking the best colours and styles to satisfy your needs.
Khaki is the traditional colour for trenchcoats, although varieties of ivory and tan are also available. Dark coloured trenchcoats are more practical, since they require less cleaning. While there is some debate about whether darker colours are sophisticated, we recommend them because they are practical and complement men with dark features.
Trenchcoat styles haven't changed much since its inception.Because trenchcoats are such timeless classics, they never become dated and are always a sound investment. Some common style features are:
Trenchcoats should be large enough to be worn over suit jackets or heavy sweaters. Try on the coat and button it completely. The shoulders should extend out past your natural shoulders by a half to one inch (to allow room for atailor made men's suit jacket).
Additionally, you should be able to fit a full fist in the chest area while having full arm movement. The sleeves should be worn two to four inches longer than a suit jacket's sleeves, or to about the pinch on your hand.
Trenchcoat lengths range from 37-45 inches. There are no "right" lengths for trenchcoats, therefore, you should choose a length based on your body type. Tall, large men should consider longer coats that fall below the knee, while shorter men should select coats that fit above the knee and are closely tailored. This is because a shorter coat or longer coat is more proportional to their body build.
While it rare to be able to make a trenchcoat larger by altering it, they can usually be made smaller in the torso and/or shortened about three inches (at the most). If you do can't find a good fit in a trenchcoat, we recommend you buy a slightly larger size.
Thomas Burberry designed a Tielocken coat for British officers in the Boer War. They were referred to by their creator's name and made from gabardine, which is an innovative, durable wool fabric designed to repel water and keep the wearer warm but ventilated.
Only officers could wear these coats, and they had to purchase them privately, as they were not part of the standard uniform. In World War I, Burberry redesigned the coat and added D-rings and shoulder straps. During the trench warfare in World War I, these coats kept their wearers warm in the cold weather by utilising a wool blanket insert; they also doubled up as emergency sleeping systems. In World War II, trenchcoats were issued to men in uniform across Britain, Russia and the US. However, they were overshadowed by the more specialised and typically shorter jackets, tailored to the needs of different battle units.
As we mentioned earlier, a trench coat is a stylish way to protect your investment in your men's suits and casual wear. If you're in the market for some new outfits, pop into our Sydney showroom orschedule a private consultation with one of our style experts. We'll have you channeling Bogart in no time at all!
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