An overcoat is a long coat which is worn over other clothes. Overcoats are made from a warm, heavy cloth or even animal fur. They go below the knee in length. A coat that is knee length is known as a topcoat. Overcoats have been worn for hundreds of years. Many armies dressed their soldiers in overcoats during the winter.
There are many styles and types of overcoats. These include:
|The Greatcoat, a very large overcoat with shoulder capes. These were worn by European armies including the former Soviet Union.|
|The Redingote (riding coat), a long fitted coat for men or women.|
|Frock overcoat, a very formal daytime overcoat, worn with a frock coat. It had a narrow fitting waist.|
|The Ulster coat, a working daytime overcoat. At first it had a cape top covering sleeves. It was called a polo coat when it had no cape.|
|The Inverness coat, a formal evening or working day overcoat, with winged sleeves.|
|The Paletot coat, a coat shaped with sidebodies. It was a less formal overcoat.|
|The Paddock coat had very little shaping.|
|The Chesterfield coat, a long overcoat.|
|The Covert coat, a single breasted country coat that became accepted for wear in the city with a suit as well as with tweed.|
- "The Covert Coat". Gentleman's Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-24.