From one of the most iconic pieces of military uniform to a classic iconic piece in menswear fashion, the trench coat is more than just a coat!
Made of waterproof heavy-duty 100% wool gabardine, the Trench Coat is an obvious choice for spring outfits as its design protects from wind and rain and offers all the structure of a wool overcoat.
This classic coat has stood through time and is still seen as one of the most revered and iconic items of clothing ever invented.
Our made-to-measure trench coats are effortlessly cool and carry the attitude of the powerful, fearless, brave, and mysterious. They incorporate style and function, with a history that makes it all the more impressive.
THE TRENCH COAT AND IT’S HISTORY
MILITARY NECESSITY TO FASHION STAPLE
This classic coat has a long history, which contributed to the rise of the modern trench. It was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. The trench coat was a welcome relief, as it was lighter, more comfortable to move in, shorter and offered a great many uses, as well as being waterproof and warm.
It was adapted to be worn quite literally in the trenches, hence where the coat gets its name. During the Great War, this classic garment took shape with the style that so many of us still wear today.
When the United States entered WWI in 1917, American officers took a few cues from their British counterparts, and soon enough, they too were wearing trench coats.
After the war, many veterans grew somewhat attached to their coats and continued to wear them at home as it became an emblem of distinction and recognition.
Recognizing a great business opportunity, companies began selling trench coats to the public. They advertised them as items to be worn in solidarity with those fighting in France. Thus, the first civilian use of the trench coat was seen more as an expression of patriotism than a fashion statement. World War II and the golden age of Hollywood continued to popularize trench coats.
In short, it was a handy garment and so much more than just a coat.
REINVENTING VINTAGE CLASSICS
The classic style of the trench coat still has many military influences as every feature serves a purpose and remains ever popular. The lightweight fabric and weatherproof finish also remain a staple characteristic.
Traditionally this garment is double-breasted with ten front buttons and has wide lapels, a storm flap, shoulder straps, and large button-closed pockets. Its belted waist allows for a better fit, and its adjustable cuffs help you stay dry, their initial use was to keep water from running down the forearm when using binoculars in the rain.
The traditional colour of a trench coat was khaki, although our versions come in many colours. Even with its long history of tradition, the trench coat is an item that has been reinvented countless times in the past and will be in the future. Many brands have made trench coats with different colours, prints, and overall styles. Whether you own a classic khaki trench coat or a funky dark green trench coat, it is undeniably a must-have fashion staple piece.
A STYLIST’S FAVOURITE
“The trench coat continues to be an iconic garment that can be seen almost every year in fashion shows all over the world. I love my trench coat because it gives me a sense of fashion and utility that no other coat can give me. With all the unique features and different looks possible, it would be a crime not to have one.”Alvaro, Brand Development Specialist Mexico
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT TRENCH COAT
Most trenches are not worn skin tight since they were worn over other garments, such as uniforms, suits, etc. Just like with any garment, you have to decide how you want to wear it.
If you wish to wear a suit underneath it, bring one when you try coats on, and wear it both with and without your suit jacket. Also, decide whether you want a detachable liner or not, as it is not easy to add one in after the fact.
The sleeve should reach the root of your thumb, so your sleeves underneath are covered completely, and your shirt cuff remains out of view when you move around. Anything longer than that will make you look like you haven’t yet made it to the alterations tailor.
THE TRENCH COAT LENGTH
Bear in mind; there is not one standard length—most styles from back in the day range from above the knee to the mid-calf and sometimes even to the ankle.
The most versatile coats are worn at about knee length.
COATS FOR SHORTER MEN
Simply choose what feels right to you, though remember that an ankle-length coat might be overwhelming for a smaller frame, while an above-the-knee coat will help elongate your legs.
COATS FOR TALLER MEN
The opposite is true for taller men, who should avoid short coats that would only elongate the legs further.
TRENCH COAT ALTERATIONS
If you plan on purchasing a ready-to-wear Trench coat, remember that you can make minor alterations to make the coat slightly smaller but never bigger. Also, never have extreme alterations done since it will distort proportions of the beltline, buttons, pockets, etc., and you will look unintentionally awkward, despite all your efforts.
Your best option is to purchase a custom, made-to-measure trench coat. Having a custom trench coat has its advantages, such as customizing the style options to your liking. A made-to-measure trench coat will also fit you like a glove with the right proportions, meaning alterations are rarely needed, and the overall fit will be better.
WEEKEND READY TRENCH COAT
Adding a trench coat to your wardrobe is a great way to wear your favourite weekend turtleneck and your most comfortable pair of jeans while staying casual and fashion-forward. Learn how to step up your coat game this fall with Surmesur!
The perfect look for a weekend adventure!