The Trench Coat

History

Made of water-resistant Gabardine, invented by Thomas Burberry and Aquascutum in the 19th Century.  Originally for British Officers in the Boer War, and then in the trenches of the First World War.

Style and Characteristics

A raincoat for when it is not too cold outside.  The colour is meant to be khaki.  It is designed to be a mixture of an ordinary raincoat and a military coat.  

Characteristics

 - CUT 

 - SEAMS, FRONT DARTS: double breasted with eight to ten buttons; with a deep back yoke

   aka rain guard.

 - VENTS: single central wedge back vent with a button tab to hold it closed in the rain.

 - COLOUR: khaki; hence ideal for autumn.

 - SLEEVES: Raglan sleeves.

 - SHOULDERS: with epaulets.

 - LAPEL: wide lapels.

 - COLLAR: Napoleon collar (with lapels) and with a storm flap aka gun flap or gun patch;

   also a chin strap or throat latch tied to the back of the collar.   

   There is a triangular brim overlapping the fastening for a better latch.

 - CUFFS: with buckled sleeve cuff straps.

 - POCKETS: buttoned storm pockets.

 - BELT: detachable D-Ring (in the back) waist belt with belt loops and buckles.

 - LENGTH: mid-thigh to below the knee length up to a few inches above the ground to protect the legs from the

    water - that is the original and most useful

    length.  Shorter versions are fashion statement or merely skimping on cloth, unless one is very short in stature.

 - MATERIAL WEIGHT: Gabardine; not heavy, water repellent.