Coats & Jackets
also letter jacket, varsity jacket. A type of jacket that is usually worn by high school and college students in the United States. The Baseball jackets have a very distinct style; they are made of boiled wool with leather sleeves and banded wrists and waistband. Often times the colors represent the high school or college that the wearer attends. While the jacket traditionally displays school and team pride in athletics, but also academics or other activities, in fashion it is worn due to its preppy and young style.
also known as shrug. A cropped, cardigan-like piece of clothing for women with sleeves that ends just below the chest. Bolero jackets are often worn together with shirts, tank tops and strapless evening or prom dresses as alternative to shawls.
also known as flight jacket or bombardier jacket. Originally created as jacket for pilots (hence the name), the style was made popular by British skinheads and scooter boys in the 1970s. Bomber jackets are mostly made from Nylon or synthetic fabric with banded wrists and waistband, and are fastened with a zipper. The lining is often in bright colors like neon orange or even tartan patterns.
a cape-like coat that is fastened at the neck and hangs from the shoulders, covering most of the upper body. Some models come with additional sleeves, while the classic form only provides armholes or slits. Cape coats are very useful during transitional weather in the spring and fall when a full-fledged coat would be too warm. Thanks to its loose fit it lets the body breathe.
a three-quarter-length overcoat in A-line style with a flat front for men and women, mostly made from thick fabrics like tweed or dense wool, but also leather. Sometimes car coats come with silk lining or other soft material lining. Car coats were originally invented in the 1950s for driving in open cars to protect from the cold during the evening or while driving at high speed.
traditionally a 19th century short topcoat for hunting on horseback. The name stems from the covert cloth, a heavy tweed named after a covered area rich in game wildlife that served as a starting point for a hunt. Covert coats always come single-breasted with fly front, with notch lapels and flap pockets. The large pocket on the thigh area was used for storing hunted game. Today it proves to be very useful for holding a newspaper or a tablet computer.
Crombie is a British luxury coat company that produces a signature coat which became synonymous for three-quarter length woolen overcoats, but the use of “Crombie coat” as a generic term has been discouraged by the company through legal action.
a short jacket made entirely from denim. The jacket ends at hip length and has button fastening at the front, and a collar, emulating the look of a classic pair of jeans. Denim jackets are available for men, women and children. Their look depends a lot on the current trends; depending on the season they come washed or in raw denim look, distressed or regular, with or without lining.
a quilted jacket or filled with down feathers. The natural filling provides a lot of small air compartments that help insulate the body in winter. While a down jacket only reaches down to hip length, a down coat is at least three-quarter to full length. Many different styles are available for men, women and children. Also Down coat.
also known as duffel coat, Monty coat, or toggle coat in the US: a knee-length coat made from duffel, a coarse, thick, woolen fabric. The name derives from Duffel, a Belgian town where the material originates. The well-known British style has very distinct features: It is made of genuine double weave Duffel, lined with a woolly tartan pattern, and has a neck strap with buttons. Today also other cloths and fabrics are used, like Melton cloth. The duffle coat is fastened with three or four front wooden, horn or plastic toggle-fastenings, also known as walrus teeth.
a light, loose-fitting long coat for both women and men. The duster coat was traditionally made from light canvas or linen; its purpose was to keep dust from the clothes underneath either during horseback riding or while driving on dirt trails in the beginning 20th century. Today leather duster coats are used by motorcyclists to protect against road rash.
Faux fur coat
a coat made from fake fur, also known as fun fur. Faux fur coats are made from synthetic materials due to decreasing acceptance of authentic fur and the animal rights movement. Almost all faux fur coats on the market are for women, but there are models for men as well. Some men’s coat will for example have faux fur lining.
Faux leather jacket
a jacket that is made from faux leather. Faux leather jackets come very close to the look and feel of authentic leather jackets, and are a good option for people who don’t wear leather for ethical reasons.
any coat with an attached hood. Hoods come in many different sizes and shapes. While outdoor jackets have very tight hoods to protect from rain and windy conditions, more luxurious coats come with wider, sometimes detachable hoods with faux fur trimming.
also known as pea jacket, pilot jacket. An outer coat, made from heavy dark blue wool. Originally it was worn by European sailors and later by American navies. Today it is considered a classic item of any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. The prototypical peacoat is a short length coat with broad lapels, a double-breasted front, large buttons, and vertical or slash pockets. Depending on occurring trends, different colors are available; however, the navy-colored version remains the classic style.
an blanket-like garment designed to keep the body warm. Traditional Native American ponchos are basically a large piece of fabric with a hole in the middle for the head. Sometimes they come with extra fabric that serves as hood. Modern ponchos have some advantages compared to fitted jackets and coats: Thanks to their generous cut, they are breathable and comfortable, which makes them a good choice for transitional weather or as additional layer over a thin coat or jacket.
a very warm, thick, padded jacket that was made famous in the 1990s. The name refers to the puffy appearance of the jacket. Most puffer jackets are used for activities like skiing or snowboarding.
a type of coat made from heavier cloth or fur that ends below the knee. Over coats are worn as the outermost garment. They are most commonly used as winter apparel. They should not be confused with topcoats, which are shorter and end at or above the knees. Topcoats and overcoats together are known as outercoats.
a jacket that is quilted. Quilted jackets can filled with downs or down feathers (see down coat/down jacket) or with synthetic material; often they are less puffy than puffer jackets.
Rain coat / jacket
also known as a slicker. A waterproof or water-resistant coat made from fabrics like Gore-Tex or Tyvek and coated nylons. These materials let air pass through while simultaneously protecting from moisture to enter. Rain coats or rain jackets are worn to protect the body from rain. While rain jackets tend to be waist length, rain coats are sometimes at or even below knee length. The amount of pouring rain a raincoat can handle is sometimes measured in the unit millimeters, water gauge.
Shearling coat /sheepskin coat
a luxurious coat made from processed lambskin, sheepskin, or pelt. Shearling coats are made from pelts by tanning them with the wool still on them. This process makes for a soft, natural fleece material that is lightweight and very comfortable. The quality of the shearling depends highly on its weight: the lighter, the better.
also known as sport coat, tweed jacket. A jacket for men similar to a suit jacket, but can be worn on its own to less formal occasions. There is more variety when it comes to styles, fabrics, colors and patterns. Fabrics include suede, denim, leather and tweed, among others.
a raincoat made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, leather, or poplin. Trench coats are double-breasted with ten front buttons, wide lapels, a storm flap and pockets that are closed with buttons. The belted waist completes the signature look. It was once designed as coat for army officers in the First World War. In general it comes with removable insulated lining and raglan sleeves. Trench coats vary in length: There are models that end just above the ankles, but also trench coats that end above the knee. The colors range from the traditional khaki to black, navy, gray and even white or red.
also known as water-resistant coat / jacket. These coats and jackets keep the wearer dry by resisting the ingress of water. This is achieved by using high-tech materials, coating fabrics or sealing seams.