The contemporary Trench Coat: A wardrobe essential for mums on the go

In the fast-paced world of modern life, mothers managing their daily routines need a wardrobe that effortlessly combines style with practicality. The contemporary trench coat stands out as a versatile and indispensable piece, transitioning seamlessly from morning to evening while striking the perfect balance between fashion and functionality.

Napoleon trench coat and the Seraphine 3 in 1 Maternity & Babywearing Trench Coat collage

Timeless design and practical elements

Originally a military uniform in the 1820s, the trench coat has evolved into a symbol of quintessential British smart wear. In 2020, this classic piece has undergone various reinterpretations in fabrics and styles, making it an ideal choice for both urban and rural lifestyles.

With distinctive features such as a double-breasted design, wide lapels, button fastening, pleated cape or “storm flap,” waist belt, adjustable buckle cuffs, and waterproof heavy-duty cotton, the trench coat exhibits a practical design that suits not only military purposes but also everyday life. Its adaptable length and cut, complemented by the adjustable belted waist, create a flattering silhouette for both men and women.

The evolution from military uniform to timeless style

The trench coat’s journey from a military uniform to a universal fashion staple is intriguing. In the early 19th century, Charles Macintosh crafted rubberised cotton coats for the British military, revolutionising outerwear. Initially known as ‘macs,’ these coats were waterproof but lacked breathability, resulting in discomfort.

makintosh trench coat 1893-1897

Makintosh trench coat 1893-1897

Addressing the need for improved ventilation, John Emary patented a more breathable waterproof fabric in 1853 for his company, Aquascutum, meaning “water shield” in Latin. Thomas Burberry further advanced the technology with gabardine fabric in 1856, offering a waterproof and breathable twill fabric that coated individual fibre strands.

trench coats advert posters

During World War I, the trench coat’s design emerged to meet the practical needs of soldiers. The shorter, lighter, and waterproof silhouette replaced the cumbersome long wool overcoats. Functional details such as the storm flap for ventilation, a small cape at the back for water run-off, deep pockets, and D rings on the belt for attaching tools made the trench coat an ideal choice.

Recent Movie Reference:

In a recent film, Napoleon, star Joaquin Phoenix is spotted wearing a trench coat that remarkably resembles the modern trench coat, showcasing its enduring influence on contemporary fashion.

trench coat in hollywood movies collage

The trench coat hs becoming one iconic piece of clothing in classic Hollywood movies: Meryl Streep in Kramer vs Kramer, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

Where to Find Your Perfect Trench Coat

For mothers in search of a contemporary trench coat that seamlessly blends luxury with timeless style, Seraphine stands out. Renowned for crafting trench coats that endure the test of time, Seraphine adds a modern twist to this enduring classic.

Navigating the autumn season, the contemporary trench coat emerges as a wardrobe essential for the modern mum. Its ability to blend fashion with practicality, coupled with a rich history and diverse design options, makes it a must-have for those aiming to stay stylish on the go.

Seraphine 3 in 1 Maternity & Babywearing Trench Coat Review

The Seraphine 3 in 1 Maternity & Babywearing Trench Coat epitomises excellent quality, maintaining its allure even with daily use. Suitable for all phases of motherhood, from pregnancy to baby-wearing and breastfeeding, this coat not only prioritises comfort but remains a reliable choice after the baby outgrows it.

Featuring a zip-in kangaroo panel designed to fit over a baby carrier or sling, this coat ensures a seamless transition for mothers on the move. Hidden side zips adapt the fit as your bump grows during pregnancy. The shower-resistant fabric ensures durability and functionality, while the self-tie belt and classic trench details add a touch of style.

The considerate design extends to the post-baby stage, where the kangaroo panel zips on at the front, effortlessly covering a baby carrier or sling. This dual-purpose functionality keeps both you and your little one cosy in style.

The Seraphine 3 in 1 Maternity & Babywearing Trench Coat is a timeless classic adapted for motherhood. Crafted in a soft cotton blend with a shower-resistant coating, it offers breathability and versatility. Whether worn loosely over dresses or jeans or tied for a military chic look, this coat seamlessly transitions through every stage of the motherhood journey.

 

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