From "The Matrix" to Alan Moore's gritty mask wearing anti-hero Rorschach in the critically acclaimed Watchmen comic books, trench coats are frequently donned by dark, gritty characters in fictional tales from popular culture. Often worn by disheveled world-weary adventurers in modern books and movies, trench coats were initially developed for use by professional soldiers during the First World War. The large, flapping collars and epaulets of the trench coat serve two purposes, both assisting in keeping the wind and rain off the wearer, and also for hanging military rank slides or uniform pins. Despite its rigorously uniform beginnings, the trench coat evolved to become something of a hit with rebellious youths, particularly with gothic and Steampunk sub-cultures that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s respectively. Modern trench coats are often expensive and made from thick leather, while vintage trench coats typically have a particularly weathered look that is popular with fans of the washed-out or distressed look. No matter what kind of trench coat you are looking for, with a multitude of reliable sellers on eBay, you are sure to find a great selection of new and used clothes and accessories.
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