An Utilitarian Item
Because some of you were utterly surprised by my real fur coat, today I will soften the edges of that post with an utilitarian item. The item which today needs no plea for its iconic status. The trench coat. An image that comes to my mind when I speak about trench coat is that of Humphrey Bogart telling Ingrid Bergman they will always have Paris. In the famous Casablanca movie. I would have never guessed that actually this garment was developed for British officers during World War I. No relation with the heart-breaking scene above mentioned. At least not at an emotional level. So the trench coat was essentially a highly-functional and light-weighted item which protected soldiers against inclement weather. An utilitarian item.
Back in 1823, a rubberized cotton was being used in weatherproof outwear for both civilians and military. This fabric was good for keeping rain out, but it lacked the ability to keep also the sweat out. And it was melting in the sun. This influenced the clothiers to develop breathable waterproofed textiles. The result of technological development commenced in the 19th century was the ‘gabardine’. The gabardine is the Gore-Tex of that period. This material was used to manufacture the coats of the soldiers in the World War I. The color khaki dominated British military uniforms. This color obviously allowed them to blend more easily with their surroundings. But the word “khaki” means “dust” in Hindi. And choosing this color was the result of lessons learned in India, during the Indian Rebellion.
Turned into an Iconic Item
Following the war, a surplus stock of the military trench coat was handed out by the government. This is how the double-breasted trench coats infiltrated in the civilian closets. Then the trench coat started to be worn by protagonists of the film noir genre in the 1940s. In the films, it was accessorized with a fedora hat and a cigarette dangling from the mouth. Back to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. The rest of this iconic style is history. And Burberry.
A Walk in the National Park
For a warm day spent in the so-called Noord-Brabant Sahara, I paired my dark blue utilitarian item with a pair of Hunter boots. I may have one too many Hunter boots, I know. Though sunny, I wore waterproof items at their highest. Remember one can never trust the Dutch weather? It is my second time in the National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen and every time it seems unreal. There is a totally different landscape in the park: large sandy plains, heather and forests. Not the Dutch greenery gardens I am used to. Ah, and a lot of enthusiast Dutch cyclists. Always ready to ride over you. You can even see that there are more bicycle traces on the sandy path than foot-marks. Keep it colorful! And do not forget you can buy fashionable accessories with 20% discount with my code FLORINA20 from iDeal of Sweden.
Dress: Polo Ralph Lauren (old, but what about this similar pattern blue one or this one), Belt: Ralph Lauren (similar here), Coat: Mango (similar here, but I also dig this army green one), Boots: Hunter, Sunglasses: Zara (but I would have paired this dress with a bit more tartan from these sunglasses), Hat: Zara, Bag: Mango; Phone Case Green Marble: iDeal of Sweden