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Men's Long Coats

Men's long coats are nothing but overcoats. They usually are long enough to extend below the knees and are worn as the outermost clothing. Overcoats are usually made of heavy fabric material such as fur. They are usually used for cold climates to provide warmth. But sometimes overcoats are used for the autumn and spring seasons too. The fabric used is selected according to the season.

History of the overcoat

The overcoat was first used as a mark of social status for professional, military and other formal events. It is still being used for these purposes. In the 17th century, the overcoat became very popular and available to everyone. During the Regency period, people liked to wear figure-hugging coats. This trend gradually shifted to the loosely fashioned overcoat which became in-the-vogue by the end of the Victorian period. The overcoat continues to come in the loose style.

Types of Overcoats

Frock overcoat

This is a historical costume worn probably during the regency period. The Frock overcoat was modeled to be worn over the Frock coat in cold climates. The Frock overcoat was cut in the same way as the Frock coat that was worn underneath, but definitely larger to accommodate the Frock coat. The Over Frock coat was single breasted with step lapels for informal occasions but double breasted for formal occasions. It never had pockets and was also called as the Prince Albert coat. Wool was the most common fabric used to make these overcoats and it came in various weights. A range of fabrics like the merino wool, cashmere, angora, alpaca, huarizo, mohair and others were used to make frock overcoats. Over Frock coats became extinct since tailoring frock coats over which they were worn became extremely expensive.

Guards coat

A guards coat is modeled on similar lines as the coat of the officers of the guard. It has peak lapels, welt pockets and comes usually with a 3 or 2 buttoned front closure. It generally comes in colors such as deep navy and midnight blue and provides a formal, business-like look.

Chesterfield coat

The Chesterfield coat is a long coat which is worn along with the Lounge suit. This coat comes in both the single breasted and the double breasted styles and is typically made with a velvet collar. It comes in a variety of clothing like heavyweight tweeds, charcoal and navy and the camel hair classic. It can be worn with a city suit, casual sports jacket and any semi-formal dress.

Ulster coat

The Ulster overcoat is a coat which has a half belt at the back with adjustable buttons so the wearer may change the degree of waist suppression. The Ulster coat is usually long and double breasted. In contrary to double breasted garments which usually come with peak lapels, Ulster has notch lapels. The lapels are notched up in a unique style so that they can be easily folded over when the coat is buttoned up all the way. The Ulster has patch pockets and is stitched with contrast stitching along the edges and the cuffs in order to exhibit its casual country character. The Ulster is made of hard wearing fabrics like Herringbones or Tweeds. A lightweight variety of the Ulster is known as the Ulsterette.

Inverness coat and the Inverness cape

The Inverness overcoat is a formal overcoat with long open sleeves and was very popular in the Victorian and the Edwardian periods. It has now been developed into the Inverness Cape. The coat can be stitched in two ways. In the formal style, the Inverness cape is usually finished with short lapels and the capes are set back behind them. In the less formal style, the capes button across and a simple fall collar and a tall stand are used. The Inverness cape is popularly worn as a raincoat by Scottish bagpipers.

Great coat

The Great coat also known as the watch coat is a long heavy overcoat generally made of wool. It is worn for protection from cold weather. It is water repellant and its cuffs and collars can be adjusted to protect the face from rain. It is designed with deep pockets. It is conventionally colo- -red in hues of gray, black, brown and navy blue.

Other types of overcoats include the Redingote, Paletot coat, Paddock coat, Covert coat, British warm which is a type of great coat and others.

Conclusion

Overcoats are very versatile and provide timeless performance. They will go well with any kind of outfit (of course there are exceptions). So even if they are slightly costlier one should go for them. When the cold weather sets in, one feels very cozy and snug in overcoats. Overcoats must be purchased carefully. One has to take care of parameters like the fit, material, color and so on while buying.