Effortlessly cool and classic, the trench coat is a no-fail staple that works with every wardrobe and every body type. Classics endure thanks to great design and versatility and there are few items of clothing that will serve you as well as a great quality trench coat. It adds instant polish to casual ensembles and can be a perfect complement to evening dress.
The trench coat is a key piece for anyone who loves to dress with a nautical or military flair, for a very clear reason. The trench was first developed (by either Burberry or Aquascutum, there's a debate here) for Army officers just before the First World War. Traditional styling is double-breasted, with wide lapels, 10 buttons on the chest and oversized, button-closed pockets for maps and such, as well as a self-belt and straps at the wrists (to keep moisture out while using binoculars in the rain) and buttoned shoulder straps for the attachment of epaulettes - yes, very real functions and features.
Movie stars popularized trench coats after the Second World War (Bogart in Casablanca, anyone?) and they've been mainstream ever since. While sizing of the original trench coats were roomy - because they were a layering piece over warmer woolen coats - modern cuts are slimmer, less bulky. And even though a civilian doesn't need to attach epaulettes or reach for binoculars on the regular, many of the basic features remain, while lengths, belts, textures and colors have expanded in variety.
You simply can't go wrong with this classic. It will take you from weekends to work, then to cocktails and dinner, with elegance and ease. If you ever have the ability to splurge on the real deal from Burberry, do so. You won't ever f^ck!ng regret it.