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History of the Trench Coat
The trench coat was first created during World War I when the Allies found their heavy overcoats weren't practical for the trenches. To avoid wearing heavy, muddy, and uncomfortable clothing, the soldiers started wearing waterproof coats.
These coats were shorter and more lightweight than overcoats, and they were also more practical; equipment could be attached to the belt with D rings, and the coat's upper back had a storm shield that helped repel rain. The khaki color was also useful for camouflage. Prior to the trench coat, British soldiers wore bright red uniforms.
While it's not known for sure which company invented the trench coat — Burberry and Aquascutum both take credit for its design — it's clear that it was named for its original use in the trenches.