Recently started watching re-runs of MacGyver on Netflix. I always notice weird shit, but one of the strangest things that I’ve noticed, in this show and a lot others, are the trench coats. I can’t believe that this trend could’ve started in any era, by anyone who gave anywhere near a fuck about what they look like, or if they’re warm. I mean, call me crazy- but generally when I wear a coat outside, it’s usually because I want to be warm. They look cold as shit, wind probably cuts right through them, big stupid looking buttons…although if you’re a group of small dogs trying to get into a movie wearing a derby hat and sunglasses it’s not a bad choice.
What is the practicality of the trench coat, and why do we wear them? It’s definitely not for style, unless you’re a gumshoe detective from the 40’s. Is it because people want to look like Columbo? He’s a good looking guy I admit, but c’mon. Maybe they idolize George Constanza? Oooh! Maybe they want to emulate the scientist from Halloween who’s always trying to catch Michael Myers. It sure came in handy for Jack Nicholson when he surprised Matt Damon in the porn theatre with the big fake dildo.
They might be on the decline today, who knows? You don’t see them at the Gap or Old Navy but they’re out there. Maybe there should just be a store dedicated to trench coats AND windbreakers? I’d keep my eye open for those sales in Sunday’s paper…