Women's Long Trench Coats Create Intrigue Mystique

Women's long trench coats create a mystique of glamour and intrigue -- and they have ever since World War I.

From Hollywood film noir to Cold War spy novels, the trench coat is the garment of choice if you want to keep people guessing.

Spies, private eyes, and celebrities in disguise favor the ever practical, traditional trench coat.

Always Keep 'Em Guessing, Baby

Worn with a scarf covering elegantly-coiffed hair and jumbo-sized, super-dark sunglasses (even on the darkest day, darling), you may find paparazzi trying to figure out which Hollywood star you are.

Keep your eyes out for women's coats on sale as a great way to add this design classic to your basic wardrobe.

Unassuming Trench Coat Holds Popularity

This classic style has endured as a popular style because:

1. It is versatile. It moves easily from business to casual wear.

2. Water repellency and a lining make it a practical choice that spans the seasons. With a warm lining, it protects from all but the most biting cold.

3. Durable, long-lasting fabrics and construction ensure low cost-per-wearing economy.

4. This wardrobe must is not going out of fashion any time soon.

You will look chic and stylish in your classic women's trench coat for years (and maybe decades) to come. Long trench coats are challenging to find; knee and hip-length are more common.

Riddle Me Not: When Is a Trench Coat not a Trenchcoat?

Many coats labeled as a trench coat are not. Some do not have the most basic features of this military-inspired classic:

  • Gabardine twill that is water repellent or waterproof.
  • Tie belt at waist of same fabric.
  • Collar with lapels, epaulettes.
  • Deep pockets.

Optional features are capelets at the front and back, shoulder straps, and other embellishments.

The trench coat in women's styles may be single or double-breasted.

The traditional women's long trench coat colors as military derivatives, such as khaki, tan, and olive green.

For a rainy-day pick-me-up, a nontraditional red trench coat in flame, fire-engine, cherry red or even maroon.

Everybody Wants to Be a Hero

There's nothing like a world war to ignite admiration for brave soldiers fighting on the front lines.

The trench coat emerged from the bloody trenches of World War I, fashion historians agree. It's yet another legacy of military style clothing.

Today, women's long trench coats may be made of fabrics such as wool and leather.

Shorter lengths also have evolved to define the women's rain jacket. Petite women may be dwarfed by a women's long trench coat and may wish to stick to knee-length and above style -- unless warmth and protection is more important.

If you are fashion style purist, you may not agree that beltless coats, coats without lapels, and other variations fulfill expectations for this style with its vintage roots.

When to Get a Bargain

Look for wool women's long trench coats on sale in the spring. Lightweight examples are most likely offered at price reductions in late summer and fall.

This articles uses the alternative correct spelling, trenchcoat, to please shoppers of either preference.

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