Polo coat guide part 1

Polo coat guide part 1

History of the polo coat, number 1:

Originating in England, the Polo coat refers to the loose-fitting, casual style of overcoat that was originally worn by polo players in between chukkers – hence it became known as the Polo Coat or "Wait Coat". Originally, a polo coat was made out of camel’s hair and was designed as a wrap coat. Instead of buttons, it simply featured a belt.

History of the polo coat, number 2:

Before WWI, polo arrived in the US and when players wore their coats after games, the polo coat was adopted by spectators and fashion leaders alike. In 1926, the camel hair coat became particularly popular with college kids in Princeton and Yale, and a few seasons later, it had conquered the United States entirely. By the late 1920s, almost any Ivy League undergrad counted a Chesterfield as well as a Polo Coat wardrobe staples.

History of the polo coat, number 3:

In December 1928, the famous Men’s Wear magazine remarked:” While the vogue of this style [Polo Coat] with the best-dressed men of the world is indisputable, it is only getting started, so far as national popularity is concerned. By promoting this style for fall and next spring in the medium weight material, which is really an all year round proposition, merchants will not only increase profits but enhance their style prestige”.

History of the polo coat, number 4:

In November 1929, at the Yale-Princeton football game the camel hair coats worn by the spectators far outnumbered traditional raccoon overcoats, and given the sartorial importance of this event, the Polo Camel Hair Coat had certainly made its mark. Overall, the polo coat was the overcoat that had the biggest impact on men’s fashion in the US in a period between 1920-1930.

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