The name trench coat comes from the English word “trench” which means “trench” or “ ditch”. The coat was commissioned by the British Army as an alternative to thick woolen coats and after WWII it became popular as an everyday garment for both men and women.
The classic trench coat is predominantly beige, although, over the past years, it is more and more seen in dark colors, especially in autumn. Why did the trench coat enter the canon of fashion? One of the reasons is that it is an elegant and universal coat to wear between seasons and it can be adjusted to many stylizations. The trench coat can be worn over a formal suit as well as over a more casual ensemble.
Regarding the elements of style, the classic trench coat should have wider collar and lapels, a martingale in the back, single welted pockets and martingales on the shoulders. On the market you will find many adaptations starting with the straight trench coat, double breasted trench, a coat with the gusset on the back or with a belt at the waist. The characteristic feature of a trench coat is the fabric yoke sewn from the shoulder seam to chest height on the right side. If you opt for tailor-made, you have the option of deciding the length of your coat, knowing that the classic trench should reach at least mid-thigh height. Other customizations you could add are topstitching on the collar and lapel seams, printed lining as well as the fit of your coat. Depending on your preferences, the trench can be more fitted, if you plan to wear it without the jacket underneath, or looser if you prefer the more classic cut.
When buying a trench coat, pay attention to the fabric it is made of. Conventionally, it should be cotton, but not just any type. At Ferala, for our trenches, we use the “The Trench Collection” bundle by Holland & Sherry, created especially for this purpose. This collection features cotton, which uses finer and longer fibers. After gentle spinning, the yarn is woven into a very dense Oxford weave, using up to 30% more yarn than conventionally woven fabrics. The performance of these fabrics results from the properties of cotton fibers which expand on contact with water allowing the interstices within the fabric to close, preventing further passage of water. In this way, the fabric is waterproof while the breathability performance remains unmatched.