Coats come in a range of styles and models for the winter and fall seasons. The materials or fabrics used also vary, such as tweed, velvet, and cashmere wool, among others. The materials used in jackets and cardigans can also vary quite a bit. The most popular ones include suede, jersey, alpaca, fleece, jacquard, velvet, and cashmere. It’s always better to choose a heavily textured fabric for the fall and winter.
Coats are typically long-sleeve and have an opening down the front, which can be closed with zippers, buttons, a belt, toggles, hook-and-loop fasteners, or through a combination of them. There can be hoods, shoulder straps, and collars. Both women and men can wear coats for fashion or warmth, or both. The history of coats goes back a long time – to the Persians, but the coats of those days looked different.
Let us now take a look at a few prominent coat styles.
I will always want at least one coat in my closet, which is perfect in every way, like this one in this picture. Coat silhouettes can be categorized into the following – straight, trapeze, and waisted shape.
The classic coat will appear like an hourglass clock. It could be on your waist, with a straight or a little flared silhouette. There is sometimes a belt around the waist that completes the style. Both ladies can men can wear this coat. You can wear it to work and also on casual occasions.
The straight silhouette coat is the most common variety. It looks good and visually lengthens your figure when you wear it. The coat’s length is either slightly above your knee or just below it.
The duffle coat is a good example of a straight cut coat, but more of a sporting nature. This coat will usually come with buttonholes, pockets, and a hood.
Go for the wrap coat if you prefer classic styles. Its waist will be bounded with a strap. It looks very elegant and practical. You can wear it with virtually anything. The coat even looks good on plus size ladies.
This is a classic design too. Though technically a coat, but it looks actually like a jacket, especially when all the buttons are closed. Popular in dark shades, mostly men wear this coat, though, ladies may also look good in them.
Trapeze or trapezoidal is a classic too, but this design looks best on overweight women. The best thing about this design is that, it will enable free movement. Calf lengths will elongate your figure, so it’s probably best avoided. It looks best when the buttons are vertically placed on the coat.
The swing coat is a great example of the trapeze shape. The coat is flared from your shoulder, doesn’t limit movement, and also hides all imperfections.
This is a classic vintage style code that is a bit wider at the hem. The length is short, usually above your knee. So your legs are going to appear longer.
Short Coat Styles
These styles are great for those who are more active. A loose short pea coat can be sports-style double-breasted.
This coat is in trapezoidal shape and has Reglan sleeve type and loose cut.
Also called a hoodie, this coat protects your ears as well from the elements. With this, you don’t have to wear a hat. This will give you protection during the fall, but may fall short in the winter when it is colder.
Difference between a Coat, Suit Jacket, and Blazer
Not everyone knows the difference between the three. But there are distinct differences between them.
Coat or a Sports Jacket
This is the least formal of these three. The sports jacket, sportcoat or simply the coat is less structured typically, and more casual. You can layer a coat in many ways. There are sometimes slits, pleats, ticket pockets, and elbow patches in coats. Initially popular with men, it was used when the men would do sporting activities like hunting. Men also used to wear the coat in the morning or when they wanted to wear something less formal than a suit.
Now, of course, the coat is popular with women as well. The key fabrics for coats include tweed, flannel, Herringbone, and Houndstooth.
A blazer is dressier than a coat, but less formal than a suit. At middle ground, it elevates you look nicely without going overboard. The captain of HMS Blazer, a warship, commissioned double-breasted, short jackets containing brass buttons for the crew members so that they appeared presentable in front of Queen Victoria in 1837. The Queen loved this dress and made it a standard uniform piece, and that’s how we had the first blazers. Soon the blazer became very popular in Europe both for work and leisure. It became popular in the US in early 20th century.
You can dress up or down with a blazer easily. The traditional color is navy blue, but many other colors look good. Blazers are in 2 and 3 button single-breasted, and 6-button double-breasted types. There is a bit more shoulder structure than a jacket. Blazers are made of cashmere, worsted wool, and flannel.
This is the dressiest piece of the three. Its history also goes back the farthest, and it’s the most popular and traditional. What makes the suit jacket immediately different is that, you must always wear it with a matching pair of trouser made from the same fabric. Suit jackets in the 18th and early 19th centuries were worn for equestrian activities, which was followed by the tuxedos worn almost exclusively by the upper class during formal evenings. Now, the suit jacket and matching trousers is used both for business and evening dressing.
Suit jackets are usually in neutral colors and have simple patterns. These are also the most fitted of the three, and thus, are not technically meant to be layered. Key fabrics include silk, cotton, linen, worsted wool, and cashmere.