THE BIG BLUE TRENCH
Out there beyond the Battersea
TRENCH COAT BOOHOO
KNITTED T-SHIRT BOOHOO
SKINNY JEANS WITH RIPPED KNEES BOOHOO
KNITTED CUP TRAINERS BOOHOO
London was a city of sea-faring traders. Walking the banks of the thames, now scenic and oddly rural for a city of 8.5 million, I forget how much the thames played a role in the development of the city. The river used to teem with boats and loot of every shape and size. With trade coming from all over the planet, finding its way to the heart of the British empire. When I think if the thames, and the sea-life Britain had built itself upon, I often think of sailors and the Navy- dressed in trench coats looking forlornly out into the open blue.
The trench coat was originally an article of clothing that was made for army officers, usually waterproof material that went down, past the knees (sometimes to the ankles!). Worn by sailors and made fashionable amongst the Navy, it was a staple of men both in and out of uniform in the late 19th century. The trench was adapted for WW1- made shorter- so men could walk through the trenches unencumbered- thus trench coat.
Traditionally Khaki and double breasted- trench coats come in al shapes and sizes- and can fit even the pickiest of fashionistas. That is why it has found its way into everyone closet as the go-to over coat. And waterproof makes it essential for life in the UK. This blue version is a bit shorter, which is nice and easy to walk through a busy street with. I love pairing it with smart and casual- as it seems to fit seamlessly across genres! A must have- if you don’t already have one- get yourself out there and trench up!