If you’re wondering what to wear now that spring has come, bringing with it constant unpredictability in the air, there is no wardrobe staple more timeless than the trench coat. Originally, trench coats were developed as an alternative to heavy greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers during the First World War. In the 1850s, the tailor John Emary developed and produced an improved raincoat under his company Aquascutum. Thomas Burberry followed with the founding of his company and invented Burberry’s “gabardine” fabric, which proved to be the most breathable option for explorers and adventurers.
Between the first and second world wars, many changes were made to the trench coat; while it was again worn by officers during WWII, Hollywood began romanticizing the trench coat, helping to solidify its place in more fashionable wardrobes. Today the trench coat continues to be revisited by more and more designers and is still an enduring signature for Burberry. The trench is perfect for drizzly spring days, and can even carry you through winter over a chunky knit. The perfect trench is a lifetime investment, and makes transitional dressing a breeze.