Caroline Issa

Trench Town

With seemingly no end in sight to this dreary forecast, I thought I’d offer up some options for this season’s chicest incarnations of the trenchcoat.  Originally developed as part of an army uniform, they were adapted for use in the trenches during the First World War, which solidified the name.  Thomas Burberry is credited with inventing the original gabardine fabric for their iconic trenches in 1879, and submitting his design to the UK war office in 1901.  Traditionally defined as a double breasted coat with 10 buttons, belted at the waist with wide lapels and a storm flap, we’ve come a long way since World War I.

In fabrics from denim to gabardine to plastic coated nylon, the definition of a trench has loosened to say the least.  Here are my top 7, one for every day of this unpredictably rainy week.

Clockwise from top left:  Derek Lam 10 Crosby; Chloe; Junya Watanabe; Abercrombie & Fitch; Alexander McQueen; Wanda Nylon; Jonathan Simkhai

For instant gratification, you can always count on J. Crew for their classic trenches in East Hampton and Southampton, also Madewell and Intermix have a great selection.  But, if you can wait a day or two, order one of these and step out in style.

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