When British troops needed warm and water-resistant overcoats to shield them from the elements as they battled in the trenches during World War I, Thomas Burberry introduced the protective, double-breasted and aptly named trench coat. The coat quickly transitioned from wartime to peacetime and civilians snapped it up. Since the 1940s, the trench coat has remained a fashionable wardrobe staple.
While the silhouette has remained largely the same, the ubiquitous raincoat is no longer bound by its original utilitarian design. Updated in silky weaves and sueded finishes, today the trench is equally at home on runways and in military ranks.
To show off these refreshed classics, we turn to blogger Lisa D. Cahue of Mind Body Swag, who styles three fashion-forward trench coats for spring.
The lightweight Vince Camuto Belted Wrap Jacket is a breezy alternative to the original overcoat, which was made of weighty, water-repellent waxed twill. Crafted of flowing, silky fabric, Vince Camuto’s updated trench drapes beautifully and moves with flirty swing as you walk.
Cahue’s next choice, the Vince Camuto Double Breasted Trench Coat, is the most loyal to the military slicker’s original design, with one distinguishing update: the cropped, mid-thigh length which gives this coat universally flattering style. Bonus: Adjustable sleeve lengths let you show a little cuff or flash your stacked bangles.
The Vince Camuto Faux Suede Belted Wrap Jacket pays homage to the trench’s original silhouette but our new version’s exaggerated lapels add a modern twist. The velvety micro-suede is also a luxuriously textured departure from the original trench fabric and perfectly on-trend for the season.