A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEN’S OUTERWEAR

 Part 1- COATS Throughout the history of men’s fashion, there have been many jackets and coats that have stayed true to their aesthetic.  Long before many of us were born, these outerwear pieces have made a name for themselves, exuberating class, elegance, and comfort for decades.  Many families have passed on their coats to their sons, whom have continued this trend to their own; a key to timeless fashion.   The Chesterfield Overcoat:  Named after the Earl of Chesterfield, and invented in the mid-19th century, it was the very first overcoat of its kind.  Over the years, it has only changed insignificantly. Mens-Chesterfield The Covert Coat:  Similar style as the Chesterfield, but it was designed for hunting and the outdoors. Therefore, it had to be tailored from particularly sturdy material – the so-called Covert cloth, named after the covert bushes.  It was designed to protect its wearer from mud, bush encounters, and of course the weather.  For that reason, it had to be very heavy, sturdy, and durable. Mens-Covert The Duffle Coat:  It is a coat made from duffel, a coarse, thick, woolen material. The name derives from Duffel, a town in the province of Antwerp in Belgium where the material originates.  It usually features a buttonable neck strap, three or four front wooden or horn toggle-fastenings, two large patch pockets, and an optional bucket hood. Mens-Duffle The Guards Coat:  Derives from the coat English Officers of the Guard used to wear.  It is usually a navy blue overcoat that is very similar to the Paletot with two basic exceptions:  It has half belt in the back, and it can be buttoned with three buttons or just two. [Guards]Mens-Guards The Paletot:  The name Paletot is French and was used to describe a fairly short overcoat that was very fitted, but otherwise could have many features.  It could be double-breasted or single-breasted, with pleats or without, and could have pockets or not. Mens-Paletot The Pea Coat:  The pea coat is an outer coat, generally of a navy-colored heavy wool, originally worn by sailors of European and later American navies.  They are characterized by short length, broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, often large wooden, metal or plastic buttons, and vertical or slash pockets. Mens-Pea The Polo Coat:  The Polo Coat is an American classic that originates in England.  During the chukkers of a Polo game, the polo players used to wear a golden-tan wrap-coat to keep them warm.  Later, the belt was substituted with buttons, and when they started wearing the coats after the game as well, spectators noted it and by the end of the 1920’s the Polo Coat was one of the most popular ivy league overcoats.Mens-Polo The Trench Coat:  This coat is a timeless classic that was invented in the trenches of WWI, designed exclusively for Army officers.  Traditionally, this garment is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, has wide lapels, a storm flap and pockets that button-close. Mens-Trench The Ulster:  The name Ulster is derived from the area of the Irish province of Ulster, whose people used to wear a certain tweed overcoat. Ulster coats are usually long and double-breasted, have notched lapels, are belted, have patch pockets, are made of tweed fabric, and have an option of having a hood or a cape. [Ulster]Mens-Ulster

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