The trench coat: a versatile garment made for light showers and styled for the sharp, elegant man, this once rural piece of outerwear has now found a new setting within the city. Expanding its stomping ground beyond the country valleys and into every man’s wardrobe, the trench coat is an essential piece of kit for any man.
An unmistakably Italian brand, Aspesi can be characterised by their well-tailored garments crafted from natural fabrics, and often given depth with the addition of subtle detailing. The Cotton Coat Pertubato (£559) is a luxury option which displays perfectly the use of the trench coat as a traditional item that can be expertly repurposed for a new, modern setting, taking inspiration from the colour and shape of the trench coat, while forgoing stricter traditions, such as the double breast and belted waist.
The trench coat was used extensively by British soldiers in the First World War, and of course, the trench warfare seen so often in this conflict gave the garment the name it is known by today. Oliver Spencer’s Beaumont Coat in Wentworth Olive Green (£369) takes inspiration from the coat’s military history to create a classic piece of outerwear well suited to the winter months. Featuring a 5 button fastening, the coat is finished with details throughout, including buttoned cuffs, a chest welt pocket and two outer slant pockets.
Always a reliable choice for well-priced, quality clothing, Japanese brand Uniqlo give their own modern twist on the trench coat with this Padded Bench Coat (£70). For warmth in the coldest weather the winter has to offer, this extra long coat is a brighter option, in blue, but also comes in black for those who prefer a more understated style.