Dress: Styles for name
A coat is one of the oldest and most basic articles of clothing used in Europe. Coats have been mentioned as far back as the early middle ages. The earliest recorded coat is one made of mail; a tunic-like garment of metal rings, usually knee or mid-calf length. The medieval and renaissance coat (spelled cote) is a mid-length, sleeved men's outer garment, fitted to the waist and buttoned up the front, with a full skirt; in its essentials, not unlike the modern coat. By the eighteenth century, coats had begun to replace capes and cloaks as outer wear, and by the twentieth century the term jacket became interchangeable with coat for short garments.
A coat is one of the most expensive garments you will need to purchase. If you live in a location that regularly gets cold you'll need to purchase a good quality coat which will cost you upwards of $600. Search for a store you can trust and buy a coat in a label you respect. If you do not feel you can justify the cost of a good coat, invest in some quality thermal underwear for those chilly days.
Coats can be divided into three categories:
Each of the styles below, except the trench, can be a topcoat or overcoat. Raincoats are generally found in Trench and Balmacaan styles. An overcoat should always be made of
natural fibers: long staple wool, camel hair, cashmere or alpaca and, for those with money to spare, vicuna.
The way you put on a coat will result in whether you will be comfortable or not once it is on. First, hold each sleeve of your suit jacket as you slip on your coat, this will prevent
them bunching up in the outer coat sleeve. Then, holding the collar of the coat at the
back of the neck with one hand, reach up under the back of the coat; grasp the bottom of your suit jacket at the center back. Pull up on the coat collar and down on the suit jacket. With both hands on the coat lapels smooth it out. This should ‘seat' the suit on your neck while setting the coat in place over it, so that both hug your neck.