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Few garments say handsome for a gentleman quite as well as the classic trench coat. It also carries an air of prestige and status. Maybe that can be attributed to the coat’s origins.
Thomas Burberry originally designed the coat for British officers in the Boer War. They were constructed of gabardine, a hardwearing wool fabric that kept water out yet allowed air in. Crucially, it was only officers who were permitted to wear trench coats. However, they weren’t ‘standard issue’ and could be bought only privately.
The Senszio custom trench coat is a new product for us, launched in September. We were keen to include this in our collection as it’s an iconic piece that brings versatility to your wardrobe.
Our trench coat is a unique piece. It comes with our signature removable wool and cashmere lining. Retain the lining for warmth during the winter months. When summer comes around, simply remove the lining and you have a lighter, more breathable coat. The result is a garment that you can wear all year round.
This is a winter garment and we suggest that your trench coat falls past the knee to offer protection from the natural elements.
At Senszio, we can customize every aspect of your trench coat, such as the lapels, pockets, buttons, and length.
We currently have the fabric available in waterproof wool and cotton, in classic colours such as blue, grey, and beige (cotton only).
Made from 100% waterproof cotton providing protection from rain and wind
Removable wool and cashmere lining
Adjustable throat tab
Storm flap and back saddle for additional protection
Brass adjustable cuffs and adjustable vents
Leather-wrapped belt buckle
The look of today’s trench coats stays largely true to Burberry’s original vision. You can rest assured, then, that your chosen look will never seem dated.
The look of the classic trench coat is a double-breasted one, and can feature from six to ten buttons. You might opt for a single-breasted version if you’re small in stature or prefer something less ‘heavy-duty’ than the classic trench coat but more conservative.
The coat typically comes with a single back vent. This was originally a feature that helped soldiers to run across the battlefield.
There’s also a raglan sleeve, which gives the coat a relaxed feel and makes the jacket easier to wear under several layers of clothing. If your coat features epaulettes, that’s because the original military coats sported them. This was a way of attaching rank insignia without damage to the coat. Another hint of prestige.
You might also find a storm flap. This appears around the chest and is a protective flap that keeps out any water that runs off the shoulders. Cuff straps can be tightened to serve the same purpose on the arms. A detachable D-ring belt allows you to adjust the jacket’s torso.
How should a trench coat be worn? You should ensure it’s large enough to wear over a suit jacket or chunky sweater. You can make sure your trench coat fits perfectly by trying on a coat and buttoning it up. The shoulders should extend past your natural shoulder by up to an inch. The sleeves should be one to two inches longer than your suit jacket’s sleeves.
The length of today’s trench coat varies from 37 to 45 inches. There’s no definitive length but you should be aware of your body type when ordering yours. If you’re tall and large, opt for longer versions that reach below the knee, or you’ll look like a giant.
Shorter men should choose shorter, closely tailored coats that ride above the knee, for a more proportional look.
Trench coats can be altered in the torso and made shorter by a few percent, maybe three inches. It’s difficult to make them longer, however, as they tend not to be provided with sewn-in excess fabric. Therefore, it’s wise to buy a little too large so that your coat can be altered.
Interested in purchasing your own classic trench coat, uniquely tailored to your style, fit, lifestyle and choices? Book a one-on-one consultation with one of our highly experienced personal stylists.