A New Trend For Men

During the First World War, the trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers. Such designers as Burberry submitted the first ideas for these coats that repelled water while allowing the wearer freedom of movement, which soldiers had a serious need for while fighting in the trenches. Today the trench coat seems to be making quite the fashion statement for both men and women who appreciate what Thomas Burberry designed as the army officer’s new raincoat. The trench coat offers something for every style of dress, such as heavy metal, Goth fashion, or the classic and professional business look most commonly seen on men. Not only does the trench coat make a fashion statement but also offers rich history, comfort and warmth.

The full-length style of the trench coat offers warmth and protection to the entire length of the body, which for most months out of the year is very useful to the businessman in the windy city. The coat also protects a man’s trousers from becoming wet during a rainstorm, which is helpful for the businessman traveling to work. Even fictional characters such as Dick Tracy, The Phantom, The Crow, Neo from The Matrix, and much more bring this fashionable item to life on the big screen and have actually managed to make this item quite iconic. Seeing such articles of clothing worn on today’s stars can always prompt a fashion buzz for people to take a trend and run with it. Although the average Joe cannot usually afford what they see worn on the stars like today’s Burberry trench coat which can run you well over a thousand dollars, there will always be a more affordable option to go with. A man’s coat is a very important thing that should be individualized and should still have their own personal touch and likings rather than a simple copy of the latest designer fashion worn by a celebrity.

The traditional trench coat is made out of a material called gabardine, which dates back to the 1870’s and is virtually crease-proof, well-ventilated, and resistant to the elements. They are typically double-breasted with ten buttons and usually made in tan, khaki, beige, or black. They often have cuff straps along the sleeves, shoulder straps, and a belt. More of the modern trench coats seen today may offer zipper pockets on the inside and outside of the coat, warm removable liners and can be printed or come in brighter colors to make more of a bold statement. So now the question is, will today’s man be able to keep up a long known tradition while evolving it into today’s modern fashions or will it simply remain a bit of history?

Buckle Up For Fashion Today

Belts used to be seen as a necessity – to hold your pants up. But if you want to be in style right now, you need a belt. Belts worn with a variety of interchangeable and cool belt buckles are hot today. They are one of the biggest must-have fashion accessories this season. New fashions are focusing on a crisp architectural fit, with the spotlight on the waist. Popular styles of the forties are integrated with new designer looks, all accentuated with tons of accessories – with the belt creating the soft architecture by defining the natural womanly curves into new stylish silhouettes. Belts with lots of changeable belt buckles offer a versatile trend and a vital fashion staple in your wardrobe that you can put to good use as a figure enhancing waist belt – and as an addition of instant pizazz to any outfit!

The belted look is not limited to women’s fashions. Runways up the style factor for men this season by showing belted shorts, pants, jackets and coats. The soft silhouette is carried through and created by sleek, cinched, and fitted looks, extended to even the simplest of men’s ensembles.

According to Kim Martin, fashion editor for Stylelist.com, “The belt is creating this new silhouette. If you don’t have a waist, create one with a belt. If you do have one, play it up. As far as the belts themselves…they are different colors…have different buckles. They are very versatile.”

Jackets, dresses and skirts all are completed with belted cinched waists. Fall runways spotlight the lean and mean silhouette from mid-calf to floor-grazing, from jumpsuits and safari looks to military jacket, from cropped-look to more volume in skirts…Classic fall layers have been reworked with a waist-defining belt. Belts can also be seen worn somewhat high on the waist…or hung lower on the hips.

Skinny belts may be hot, but not many women can wear them effectively or to their advantage. A belt that’s about 1 or 2 inches wide will create a more figure-friendly look.

For a romantic look, pairing a ruffled blouse with a menswear suit, or a soft floral dress grounded with a leather belt, will show off your feminine side. Shop for fitted jackets. Shop for turtleneck sweaters – especially in black, creating a blank palette to show off a wonderful belt buckle! Make a jean ensemble or a sleek dress your very own by adding a belt and bold belt buckle of your choice. Emphasize an hour-glass look.

Joyce Caruso Corrigan, Editor at Large of Marie Claire magazine explained how to get the most out of belts for the style and look you are after. Pairing a cocktail dress with an unexpected everyday leather belt enables you to wear it in the daytime. You could also wear a jean jacket over this. Remove the belt, add some jewelry, and the dress is ready for the evening! Menswear-inspired wide leg pants can be made more feminine and create a feminine shape by adding a belt with a unique belt buckle! The bland and solid look of a self-belted trench coat can be spiced up with a different, contrasting wide belt and big shiny belt buckle!

Celebrities draw constant attention to their styles and fashions, influencing fashionistas everywhere. This was the case when Kate Moss was recently spotted in New York wearing a tiny cut-off T-shirt dress with a belt and oversized disc belt buckle.

“Belt Up” in Vogue magazine features the latest fashion trend, “With a cinched-in waist remaining firmly at the forefront of feminine fashion season-on-season of late, a good belt is a wardrobe must-have…” Both men and women consider the perfect belt for their shape and style, with a choice of belt buckles as stand-out as they like.

“As the spotlight falls firmly on the waist, belts become the instant definers,” as seen in the latest fashion designs by Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, etc. A revisit of the fifties corset is seen in their wide, structured belts. Winter coats are featured with, broad, cool belts. Delicate and feminine looks are achieved with narrow belts.

Along with the emphasis on accessories, quirky belts and stunning buckles are featured for their decorative extras by designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.

Tough gladiator dresses join the soft architectural fashion scene with heavy belts. “The collection is conscious of the internal body, revealing the inside on the out. Fabrics are draped to hold shape in the same way as a skeleton” says Marios Schwab. These tough dresses amidst the soft mood of the season, are included in the collections of Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Marios Schwab, etc.

Forgetting a belt is a no-no! Tighten up your fashion sense by a notch or two – wear a beltbucklebelt!

How Men Wear Their Accessories

Men like to add fashionable touches to their look. Depending on what their style is, this might mean a hat, drivers gloves, a pair of shades, or big headphones. Here are a few accessories adorned by men.

1. Neckwear:

Whether you’re a posh, middle-aged banker, or a young, punky graphic designer, trendy guys like sporting neckwear (scarves) with almost every outfit they own. In warmer months, the suit might wear a silk Hermes scarf, while the punk might wear a one that’s cotton, two-toned and plaid. In the winter, the suit might wear a cashmere coloured or Burberry scarf under his pecoat, while the punk sports an extremely long, charcoal grey wool scarf under his black, hooded Canada Goose.

2. Headwear:

Adding a toque to your look (even if it’s indoors) takes it down a few notches. When combined with a nice sweater and the collar of your polo sticking out, you’re making a statement which says ‘I know how to look good, but I am taking it easy.’ A papeboy hat looks great with a white v-neck and a pair of beat up jeans, it says ‘I am effortlessly cool’. A fedora is cool with certain looks, but can often look like you’re saying ‘I’m cooler than you’.

3. Waistwear:

Unlike women who usually wear belts to make a fashion statement, men wear them to keep their trousers up. Having said that, they can also make a fashion statement. Mr. suit is likely to wear a designer belt that is a solid black or deep brown leather. The punk or hipster however, might go for a distressed leather, or splash out with cool colours or a funky belt buckle. Some fun ones include, skull and crossbones, guns, or a boombox.

4. Bag:

While working men have carried around briefcases for years, and young students have carried their books around in backpacks, the emergence of the satchel for the young 20-30 year old is still relatively new. Nowadays guys like to have something to carry their laptops and other notes, books, and electronics in. Backpacks look too young and briefcases too old, the satchel though, in either leather or canvas, is the perfect medium. Often this look is complimented with a hoodie, a leather bomber, and a pair of big headphones around the neck.

5. Jewellery:

Men’s jewellery, much like women’s, is very personal. This has less to do with age and style and more to do with what you like, what’s appropriate for where you work and hang out, and of course what’s been passed down to you. A young man who receives his family ring on the day of his high school graduation might wear it throughout his life (as both the punky sport and the suit). A young man with no obligation to look sharp might just have a love for cufflinks which he will also carry with him throughout his life.

So you see, accessories are something men can take quite seriously. They represent their age, their stage and their style.

Military Trench Coat

British and French soldiers wore heavy and cumbersome serge overcoats, but Thomas Burberry changed this with his new lightweight and fashionable military trench coat. In the beginning only the British Officers and Warrant Officers Class 1 were allowed to own and wear this optional piece of apparel.

It was not until World War II that the enlisted men were allowed to wear this military trench coat. Soon the ladies of the British armed forces jumped on the bandwagon and adopted the coat as part of their military uniform. During World War II London Fog manufactured the first model for the soldiers of the U.S. Its popularity was such that not only the U.S. armed forces wore them but they were worn by Russian and other European armed forces.

This exciting new outerwear had everything that was needed by the soldier to conveniently carry maps and other equipment. This was accomplished with a belt, button down shoulder straps and D-rings. The films featured this style of overcoat in numerous movies. Comedians portraying spies and fictitious detectives all wore them. Remember Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau and Peter Faulk’s Columbo?

Modern films are still using the same style of garb on both good guys and bad guys. Without skipping a beat or making a change, the coat came into the modern world of fashion. Business men and women alike wear the trenchcoat as business wear and casual wear.

Almost every wardrobe in Britain and the United States has a Burberry or London Fog military trench coat in it. The coat has proudly retained its romantic and heroic look.