When to Wear a Trench Coat

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Seasonal transitions can throw up a bit of a challenge when it comes to your wardrobe. During the early autumn and late spring it’s often too mild to wear a winter overcoat, but not mild enough for just a blazer. 

Step in: the trench coat.

The longevity of the trench coat

The trench coat has been a British wardrobe staple since Victorian times. During the industrial revolution, a chap named James Syme worked out how to dissolve rubber. He passed this discovery onto Charles Mackintosh (yes, really!) who used this dissolved rubber substance to create raincoats. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, over two hundred years later, trench coats are still a very key part of any stylish gentleman’s wardrobe. The trench coat is an incredibly versatile coat, which no doubt accounts for it’s longevity. It’s easy to throw on, always looks great, and is a practical barrier against the wind and rain.

When is the season for trench coats?

The good news here is that there are two seasons every year where the trench coat comes into it’s own. Essentially, this is a transitional piece that will keep you dry and comfortable at times when you need an extra layer against the weather but don’t want to be weighed down with a full overcoat. 

Generally trench coats are worn in the spring (often between March and May) and in the autumn (usually during September and October). Some people wear them year round during very wet weather. This can work well even in the depths of winter when paired with a chunky sweater or some thermals! 

What should you wear your trench coat with?

The excellent thing about trench coats is that it will look good with almost anything. Many people think they look their best when paired with either a suit or smart casual wear. But then… they also look chic over jeans and a sweater. 

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