Now that April is upon us, it’s finally time to pull out your trench coat — that instant wardrobe classic. This season marks a hundred years of the evolution of the Burberry trench, which was originally designed to protect World War I officers from blustery and damp weather conditions. Since then, it’s become a symbol of weather-appropriate elegance, on the backs of everyone from Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair to Kate Moss. Click through our slideshow for a look back at the chicest women in trench coats from the past century, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Brigitte Bardot, and more.
This story was originally posted in April of 2014.