The Paletot coat guide part 2

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The Paletot coat guide part 2

The history of the Paletot, number 5:

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the British considered a paletot to be any topcoat with waist suppression, while Americans defined it as an ankle-length topcoat, seam-waisted and with a flared silhouette. In the 1920s, the term Chesterfield arose, which was a single-breasted overcoat with a hidden fly front. In order to distinguish between the different overcoat types, the term paletot was used in Europe to describe a very special kind of double-breasted top coat.

The characteristics of a Paletot:

It is still the standard today, and defined by the following characteristics: Double breasted with a 6×2 button arrangement. The top buttons have a wider button stance and are not buttoned at all. It must have peaked lapels. The coat is semi-fitted to fitted and has a flat back without a belt. The pockets are aligned with the middle buttons.

The Paletot in everyday appearance, number 1:

Interestingly, there is no strict rule with regard to color or fabric. Nevertheless, the paletot is usually made of dark, plain fabrics. Also, the length is not set in stone. Everything from around knee length to ankle length is acceptable, though most coats are about knee length. Fortunately, rules for topcoats have never been strictly applied, and consequently, there are lots of paletot variations. Instead of having a 6×2 button configuration, one could choose 6×3 or 4×2. Also, the closing button position could be moved up or down, and the same is true for the pockets. Apart from that, slanting pockets would be a good alternative and a ticket pocket might add an elegant touch. If one likes unusual details, a velvet collar in a contrasting color or elegant cuffs could be a good addition. Bear in mind that the Guards coat is simply a paletot variation with a belted back and a 6×3 configuration.

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