The trench coat is a staple piece in many a wardrobe. It is so named because it was designed for military personnel during WW1. Every feature was designed for a specific reason. The epaulettes were to display the rank of the officers while a storm shield on the upper back, enabled water to run off the coat. A pleat on the back allowed for ease of movement when running or on horseback. Typically they were double-breasted and had 10 buttons, buckle wrist-straps and button-down pockets. Two British brands, Aquascutum and Burberry both claim to have invented the garment that is, more than a century later, a style classic.
My bright red trench coat is the Saskia, from another British brand, Hobbs London. The only departure from classic styling is the colour. However I know it will work just as hard for me as a neutral one. On this occasion, I wore it with cropped wide jeans (currently in the Boden clearance), and flat Mary-Janes, (by Mulberry and about 7 years old). I have plans to wear it over dresses of every length, with other jeans and with trainers, heels and whatever else I fancy.
At the time of writing, there is a promotion on the Hobbs Saskia trench. There is £50 off making it £149 and it comes in classic clay, gold, navy and lilac too.
The Perfect Pair
What is the perfect eyewear for this red trench coat? Well, it’s an eye-catching coat so glasses or sunglasses need to be an equally strong style. The Shaula by Feb31st has a cat-eye silhouette and the blue lenses make it look all the more interesting. As with all wooden eyewear by this brand, it is produced sustainably.
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Liz I also have a Hobbs Saskia trench (blue honeysuckle pattern) – it is SO well made and such a classic style, no wonder they bring it out every season in different colours! Your red trench is beautiful with your hair, and I love the red and denim together. Top marks for the ultimate in dressing in thirds too (cropped trousers are always so flattering)!
Oh yes! I know the one you mean. I’d forgotten it was from Hobbs though. yes, they are so beautifully made aren’t they. I honestly think I’ll keep this for years and will wear it over and over xxxx
The only trench i own is from Wallis YEARS ago! I think i need to redress that and get myself a new one – I’ve seen a cute leopard version that is super. You look fabulous, and I love the jeans. I put my cropped frayed on yesterday scared that they might be too big, but fit fine. Have a happy week Lizzy. Jacqui Mummabstylish
Ooooh Jacqui, I love the sound of a leopard trench!!! Thank you for the lovely compliment- I know I’ll wear it over and over. I adore the colour xxx
I did not know that Aquascutum also claim to have invented the Trench! That’s really interesting actually, I’m going to try to find out more info. I love reading about fashion history especially when it’s still current. I find it absolutely fascinating when a particular garment or the way a garment is manufactured, is still alive and well today. I was recently reading about glove making and how French glove making is a dying craft but the few that still produce hand made gloves are doing a roaring trade.
I love this post Liz and you look incredible my friend xx
No, I didn’t know either until I was doing a little research for the post. I feel I need to put my hand on my face to and admit that I didn’t know of its origins at all actually. it seems so obvious now! It’s interesting about the handmade gloves Michelle. The antitheses of fast fashion! xxx
I know this is about the trench…but those shoes!
Oh thank you! Yes, I’ve had them several years. They’re just so pretty and comfy! xxx