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. The British Warm is currently the only authorised overcoat for serving officers in the British Army.
A British warm is typically designed as a heavy, double-breasted, wool coat made from a 100% wool cloth known as Melton. It is taupe-coloured, has peak lapels and leather buttons, often has epaulettes and is slightly shaped. It falls just above the knee. It is also sometimes belted.
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