Overcoats explained part 2

How To Style & Combine an Overcoat

Overcoats explained part 2

A body coat, number 2:

A frock coat, a tailcoat (white tie) or a morning coat are all body coats. All of those body coats are usually worn alone without an additional outwear layer, excepting the tailcoat, which can be worn with an evening overcoat. The development of the overcoat brought about the modern concept of wearing another coat over one’s indoor clothing, and therefore a body coat is never an overcoat but its own garment style.

A Greatcoat-overcoats, number 1:

A Greatcoat is generally a substantial, bulky overcoat such as an Ulster or a British Warm. Often, greatcoats have a military derivation. They are usually cut without any waist suppression, meaning they are very loosely fitting, they are heavy, and they drape well. The whole idea was to create a garment that looked impressive and kept the men in the military protected at all times.

A Greatcoat-overcoats, number 2:

Greatcoats are always double-breasted because the military had this double-breasted shape which is supposed to be more powerful and more impressive. You can also find epaulets or other military hallmarks such as throat latches on greatcoats. At the end of the day, a greatcoat is a specific form of an overcoat. Keep in mind: all greatcoats are overcoats, but not all overcoats are greatcoats.

A Topcoat-overcoats:

Traditionally a topcoat is an overcoat with a fabric that weighs 18 oz. per yard (500 g per meter) or less. Often they are worn about knee high. In days gone by this was considered to be lightweight, whereas most people today would consider it to be heavy. Fabrics, of course, have lightened as fabric technology, customer preferences, and modern heating have developed. Today, topcoats are typically trench coats, which are made of cotton gabardine. Every man’s wardrobe should contain at least one topcoat for the in-between season from summer-fall and winter-spring because during that time an overcoat is too warm and just a jacket is not warm enough. Also, a topcoat protects you from the elements. In warmer climates, a topcoat can be the only outer garment necessary during the winter.

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