Chesterfield coat

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A 1901 fashion plate of the new Chesterfield

The Chesterfield is a long, tailored overcoat named after George Stanhope, 6th Earl of Chesterfield, a leader fo British fashion in the 1830s and 1840s.[1] [2]

History[edit]

The Chesterfield coat arose around 1840,[2] along with the lounge suit, as an alternative to the highly shaped coats it replaced, such as the frock overcoat with its heavy waist suppression using a waist seam.

Design details[edit]

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.[2] These variations make it extremely versatile, so it can be worn with a city suit or even semi-formal dress, as well as casual sports jackets. It was a staple of smartly dressed men's wardrobes from the 1920s to 1960s, and has become a classic style for both men and women.[2]

George Philip Cecil Arthur Stanhope, 7th Earl of Chesterfield, circa 1860, wearing an early example of a Chesterfield Coat

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Man's Guide to Overcoats". artofmanliness.com. December 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cumming, Valerie; Cunnington, C. W.; Cunnington, P. E. (2010-11-15). The Dictionary of Fashion History. Oxford ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 46. ISBN 9781847885333.