A trench coat or trenchcoat is a raincoat made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, leather, or poplin. It generally has a removable insulated lining, raglan sleeves, and the classic versions come in various lengths ranging from just above the ankles (the longest) to above the knee (the shortest). It was originally an item of clothing for Army officers (developed prior to the war but adapted for use in the trenches of the First World War, hence its name) and shows this influence in its styling.
Trench coats have remained fashionable in the decades following World War II. Their original role as part of an army officer’s uniform lent the trench coat a businesslike respectability, although many prefer to tie the belt in front to project a more casual look than strict military dress. Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine from Casablanca and Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau wore the trench coat in the public eye. Often, a fedora or an ushanka was also worn. In the 1960s, radical intellectuals wore trench coats over black turtleneck sweaters, while some Mods wore trench coats as fashionable overcoats, as an alternative to the fishtail parka or crombie. Streakers and flashers often prefer trench coats since they conceal the wearer’s lack of undergarments and can be opened quickly when the exhibitionist is ready to expose him or herself.
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Line & Dot LYN COAT, $70