The Evolution Of Trench Coats Shows That The Style Will Always Remain Timeless

Princess Diana loved this outerwear.

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Princess Diana wearing a trench coat, 1983.

Trench coats are one of the most enduring outerwear styles, so you’ll want to trace its rich history. Ahead, read up on the evolution of trench coats, which went from a military garment to a fashion girl staple.

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Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh and British inventor Thomas Hancock create the first waterproof coat. The water-resistant jacket would become the predecessor to today’s trench coats.Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images