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First question is, "what
is an overcoat?" An overcoat is a type of long coat intended to be worn
as the outermost garment, which usually extends below the knee. Overcoats
are most commonly used in winter when warmth is more important. Wool is the
textile fiber obtained from sheep and other animals, including cashmere and mohair
from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, angora from rabbits, and other types of wool from
Their are several different styles of overcoat and many of
them are made out of wool.
The Frock overcoat, a very formal daytime
overcoat commonly worn with a frock coat, featuring a waist seam and heavy waist
suppression. Both the top-frock and over-frock coats were woollen, like most
male garments of the time, and were made in varying weights, ranging from just 14oz
for mild-weather topcoats, to 20 or 30oz for really cold weather. Wool was not a
prerequisite, but was the most common material, and came in a range of qualities,
the finest being that of a Merino sheep. Any material might be used, at a greater
cost, including cashmere (from the Kashmir goat), angora (from the Angora rabbit),
alpaca, or huarizo (from a hybrid of alpaca and llama). Evening over-frock coats,
worn over Evening dress could be made from Mohair (from the Angora goat), which
produced an additional sheen. Evening over-frocks often have silk revers, like the
dress coat worn underneath. Both could be lined on the inside with fur of animals
ranging from nutria or rabbit to silver fox or Imperial sable, depending on the
The Ulster coat, a working daytime overcoat
initially with a cape top covering sleeves, but then without; it evolved to the
polo coat after losing its cape. The Ulster was originally a Victorian working
daytime overcoat, with a cape and sleeves. It is often seen in period productions
of Victorian novels, such as those of Charles Dickens, and was referred to in the
Sherlock Holmes stories A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, "A Scandal in
Bohemia", "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" and "The Adventure of the Noble
Bachelor". Often made of hard-wearing fabrics, such as herringbones or tweeds (which
can be made of wool). A lightweight version of this coat is called an ulsterette.
The Inverness coat, a formal evening or
working day overcoat, with winged sleeves. The Inverness coat is a type of
formal overcoat, with long open sleeves.
The Paletot coat, a coat shaped with sidebodies,
as a slightly less formal alternative to the frock overcoat. A paletot is
a French topcoat etymologically derived from the Middle English word paltok, meaning
a kind of jacket. It is a semi-fitted to fitted coat with peaked lapels, a
flat back and no belt. Its double-breasted 6×2 button arrangement has top buttons
placed wider, and they are not buttoned. A paletot is often made of flannel
or tweed in charcoal or navy blue.
The Chesterfield coat, a long overcoat with
very little waist suppression; being the equivalent of the 'sack suit' for clothes,
it came to be the most important overcoat of the next half-century. The Chesterfield
has no horizontal seam or sidebodies, but can still be somewhat shaped using the
side seams and darts. It can be single- or double-breasted, and has been popular
in a wide variety of fabrics, typically heavier weight tweeds, or charcoal and navy,
and even the camel hair classic. It has often been made with a velvet collar.
The Chesterfield is a long, tailored overcoat named after George Stanhope, 6th Earl
of Chesterfield, a leader of British fashion in the 1830s and 1840s.
The Covert coat, a classically brown/fawn,
straight cut, single breasted country coat that became accepted for wear in the
city with a suit as well as with tweed. It has a signature four lines of stitching
at the cuffs and hem. It also had a fly front closure and 2 side pockets. The collar
is sometimes made of velvet.
The British Warm (sometimes called British
Warm Overcoat), a taupe, slightly shaped, double-breasted, greatcoat, made of Melton,
a heavy wool fabric, was first designed for British officers during the First World
War, but was made famous by Churchill. The civilian variant usually drops the epaulettes.
The British warm first appeared around 1914 as a military greatcoat for British
officers. It was made famous, however, by Winston Churchill. According to
Scottish clothmakers, Crombie, the term "British Warm" was coined to describe their
version of the coat which was worn by around 10% of British soldiers and officers.
Below are a few different types of overcoats that can be
made from wool fabric if the designer chooses to do so. Historically, they
had not necessarily been made of wool.
The Greatcoat, a voluminous overcoat with
multiple shoulder capes, prominently featured by European militaries, most notably
the former Soviet Union. A greatcoat, also known as a watchcoat, is a large
overcoat that is typically made of wool designed for warmth and protection against
the weather. Its collar and cuffs can be turned out to protect the face and hands
from cold and rain, and the short cape around the shoulders provides extra warmth
and repels rainwater (if made of a waterproof material).
The Redingote (via French from English riding
coat), a long fitted coat for men or women. The men's redingote was an 18th-century
or early 19th century long coat or greatcoat, derived from the country garment with
a wide, flat collar called a frock In French, redingote is the usual term for a
fitted frock coat. The form a men's redingote took could be of the tightly fitting
frock coat style, or the more voluminous, loose "great coat" style, replete with
overlapping capes or collars, such as a "garrick" redingote.
Here are some helpful tips if you are shopping for a wool
Worsted is a strong, long-staple, combed
wool yarn with a hard surface.
Woolen is a soft, short-staple, carded wool
yarn typically used for knitting.
In traditional weaving, woolen weft yarn (for softness and
warmth) is frequently combined with a worsted warp yarn for strength on the loom.
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