It may be theorized that the trench coat symbolizes the status of Castiel's grace. The first time he is seen without it in The Rapture signifies the time when Castiel left Jimmy and returned to heaven. Thus, his grace was not present. Similarly, through seasons 4 to 8, every time the coat is missing, Castiel is either unable to use ( The End , Two Minutes to Midnight , beginning of season 9) or is unaware of ( The Born-Again Identity ) his grace. From season 9 onward the slightly different trench coat that Castiel uses may allude to the fact that the grace that he possesses is not quite his own. The shorter size of Castiel's trench coat also signifies his weakened status after he got a portion of his grace back since it was used in Metatron's spell.
Having officers outfit themselves also helped reinforce the social hierarchy of the military. Soldiers tended to be drawn from the British working classes, while the officers were almost exclusively plucked from upper, gentlemanly class, the “Downton Abbey” swanks. Dress was (and still is, of course) an important marker of social distinction, so allowing officers to buy their own active service kit from their preferred tailors and outfitters set them apart, fortifying their social supremacy. It also meant that though there were parameters for what an officer had to wear, they could, as Doyle says, “cut a dash”: “The latitude for creating their own style was enormous.
I have a question: is a trench coat all right for spring or summer? Or is it just for rain? What would a casual summer blazer /jacket/coat be?
Post 3 The first trench coat was made by Aquascutum (and it was called Aqua-Scutum) in 1851, and they also supplied the Aquascutum to the British military in 1853 in larger quantities. Thomas Burberry came into business in 1856 and wasn't acknowledged widely until 1870. His design, however, used cotton (unlike Aquascutum's rubberised material) woven in Egypt which he named Gabardine. anon191226
Post 1 Well-written and very interesting article. I've always thought trench coats were romantic (must be that hint of intrigue the wearer has). Post your comments Post Anonymously Please enter the code: