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A coatdress or coat dress is a woman's dress that resembles an overcoat, usually with collar, lapels and front fastenings similar to a coat, and made in spring- or autumn-weight fabrics.[1] The modern coatdress first emerged in the 1910s, with a 1915 article in Vogue assuring readers that the new garment could be worn over waistcoats or underdresses.[1] The basic coatdress was a wardrobe staple for most decades, but became particularly popular in the 1960s.[2] In the 1980s and 1990s, Diana, Princess of Wales, was a particularly high-profile wearer of coatdresses, many designed by Catherine Walker.[3][4] The coatdress is often recommended for those wishing to project a professional look,[5] whether in the office,[6] or in the courtroom.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Cumming, Valerie; Cunnington, C.W.; Cunnington, P.E. (2010). The dictionary of fashion history (Rev., updated ed.). Oxford: Berg. p. 50. ISBN 9781847885340.
  2. ^ Howell, Frances S. (2010). Christopher Costilow (ed.). History of American dress : from the 15th and 16th century through 1965. Escondido, CA: C.T. Costilow. p. 183. ISBN 9781450547383.
  3. ^ Janaway, Alison; David Levenson (1985). Diana: Her Latest Fashions. Random House. ISBN 9780517453773. ...she has added them to the coat-dress variety which again she popularised almost single-handedly, without waiting for the trend to develop unaided.
  4. ^ Modlinger, Jackie (1998). Diana : woman of style. Godalming: Bramley. ISBN 9781858339658.
  5. ^ Ramsey, Lydia (2008). Manners That Sell: Adding the Polish That Builds Profits. Pelican Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 9781455608324.
  6. ^ Moore, June Hines (2003). Social skills survival guide: a handbook for interpersonal and business etiquette. Broadman & Holman. ISBN 9780805426335.
  7. ^ Childress, Celia W. (1995). Persuasive delivery in the courtroom. [Rochester, N.Y.]: Lawyers Cooperative Pub. ISBN 9780762000265.