While the time of the overcoat's genesis can be tricky to pin down, coats and gowns going past the knee have been part of used attire for centuries, a writer on LinkedIn remarks . This has been the case in many countries where these coats have tended to used formally. There was a breakthrough during the seventeenth century, when overcoats broadened in availability.
In the Regency period, overcoats - like clothes more generally - would often be highly form-fitting, as was the fashion then. However, over time, overcoats started to be worn more loosely - as shown by one particularly notable example of the Chesterfield coat. It was invented during the early Victorian period and its name was inspired by the Earl of Chesterfield.
Taking a look at the global stars which, over the years, have appeared in overcoats provides a good insight into how overcoats have developed and diversified. Overcoats have often been strongly associated with the military; you might have seen many portraits of Napoleon wearing an overcoat during his disastrous Russian campaign in 1812.
It seems apt that it was only in 1805, when Napoleon achieved one of his greatest ever military victories at Austerlitz, that one of history's most influential overcoat purveyors, Crombie, was founded. This British company produced overcoats for well-heeled Britons and, in the 1880s, introduced the "Russian Coat", a garment aimed at keeping Russians warm in their native country's tough climate. The overcoat has evidently been something of a good luck charm for Russia...
We go from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War as we recall Casablanca , the 1942 romantic classic that entranced cinema audiences with the sight of Humphrey Bogart and his now iconic trench coat. Another form of overcoat, the trench coat is so-called as it was invented in the First World War's trenches, The Art of Manliness makes clear .
During the Second World War, Crombie supplied the armed forces with overcoats - and, post-war, Crombie overcoats were worn by style icons. Particularly notable fans included Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and Cary Grant, notes Gentleman's Journal .
If you would like to obtain an overcoat, then buying one new is advisable to avoid inadvertently picking up a coat that fits poorly or has unsightly stains or moth holes. With a brand new, custom-made overcoat, you can avert all of these problems. Fortunately, arranging for us at Fielding & Nicholson to make you this overcoat does not have to be hard when you call us on 0203 814 0450 .
There is an impressive breadth of ways in which a suit can be accessorised; however, accessories aren't always suitable on all occasions where wearing a suit would be. You could make a major faux pas if you fail to heed this advice; therefore, it's worth educating yourself about what is appropriate and when. With the following tips, you can make the right impression in key situations.
Winter can be a testing season - not least as there can often be ice to scrape off the car, train cancellations due to brutal weather, and much greater difficulty in keeping warm. However, for this time of year, finding attire that keeps the cold at bay while still looking smart does not necessarily have to be arduous.
Here are three particular style elements that can prove especially effective during those colder months and, here at Fielding & Nicholson, we can put into clothing for you.
Besides being a good sales tactic(!) there is a very good reason for buying an extra pair of trousers when you purchase your bespoke suit.
Want to look your best this winter? Then read on to discover our top tips for men’s wear style this autumn/winter season. It’s all about the fabric and the cut, so it’s time to get your wardrobe in order.
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If you’ve been disappointed with the cut, fit or quality of the suits you’ve purchased in the past, then make your way to Fielding and Nicholson. Step through our doors, and you’ll find a range of handmade off the peg suits, a fitting room, our cutting table and a plethora of fabrics from which to choose a custom made suit. Our skilled tailoring team will also be on hand to assist you.