Today’s society loves trench coats. They are a timeless style that are worn by men and women all around the globe. We love that they are practicable, comfortable, and can go with pretty much anything!
The trench coat was originally designed for British and French soldiers in the First World War. Thomas Burberry, the founder of Burberry, submitted a design to the UK War Office for an officer’s raincoat in 1901. It success resulted in an alternate design of the officer’s raincoat for soldiers in the trenches. The name trench coat came from soldiers who wore them in the front line. The fabric of the coats were extremely absorbent and often weighed about 40 to 60 pounds because of the absorbed water and mud.
Burberry Newspaper Ad (1908)
The design of the original trench coat consisted of shoulder straps and D-rings. The shoulder straps were for attaching epaulettes and many people believe the D-rings were to hold hand grenades. In the Second World War, the trench coat caught on to other armies such as the one of United States, Russia, and Germany.
The trench coat has remained fashionable decades after the war. After the war, many veterans who returned home continued to wear their trench coats. Because they were originally a part of an army officer’s uniform, they were worn by many to obtain a businesslike respectability from others.
Name: Taylor Alison Swift
Born: December 13, 1989
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Years Active: 2006 – Present
At only age 5, Taylor passes for any other regular child. She poses wearing the typical 90’s apparel which consisted of a zip turtleneck sweater and jeans.
At 13 we were all experimenting with our style, weren’t we? Let’s just be glad she’s graduated from sheer tank tops that completely reveal her bras.
Finally, we can all start to see the birth of a country star when she is fifteen. She dresses in a typical country musician manner with a simple tank top, light-wash jeans, a hat, and her best accessory, her guitar! However, we’re still waiting for Taylor to develop a her unique style.
In 2006, Taylor starts to attend award shows like Country Music Television awards where she wore a simple white dress. Still, we are waiting to be wowed.
FINALLY!!! We get some SPARKLE!!! At the 2012 Grammy Awards Taylor has sealed her unique fashion identity with her signature sparkles. Now, she truly looks like the star she was born to be.
We all have heard that fashion always comes back around. Several times have I gone into my mom’s closet and taken something that she thought went out of style decades ago. Recently, I came across a section in my business textbook about a Reader’s Digest article about fashion written back in 2002. Journalist James Laver captured “The Cycle of Fashion” as follows:
Pretty interesting eh…