The Paletot coat guide part 1

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The Paletot coat guide part 1

It is typically made of wool or cashmere or blends thereof, it usually keeps you warm especially because it has double layers over your chest area.

The history of the Paletot, number 1:

The term originally derives from the word Palla, which was a kind of Roman greatcoat. Later, the Spanish invented a garment called the palletoque, which was similar to a frock coat with vertical folds. During the eighteenth century, the French developed the word paletot as an umbrella term for various overcoats.

The history of the Paletot, number 2:

In the mid 19th century, a paletot was considered to be at least slightly waisted overcoat with certain peculiarities with regard to its cut. Many paletots resembled a frock coat and could be worn without a vest-like undercoat. Paletots generally had no waist seam, although some had one in the front only, which was placed below the waist-level. Often, a back vent was non-existent, but if present, the vent was quite short. A paletot always showed some form of side seams, while side pleats were usually absent.

The history of the Paletot, number 3:

The fronts were sometimes fastened by a fly and, occasionally, buttons reached down to the hem of the topcoat. The number of pockets on a paletot varied, but they were generally found on the outside and tailored either as a flap or as slip pockets.

The history of the Paletot, number 4:

The Paletot-Sac was a short version of the regular paletot and did not have any waist suppression, hence the name. Sometimes, it featured a lined hood instead of a collar and it was generally single breasted. Another variety of the Paletot was the Twine, as the French call it, or English Wrap, which was often double-breasted and resembled a loose Chesterfield. By the end of the nineteenth century, the term evolved to include only overcoats worn in town.

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