Guards Coat

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A Guards Coat or Guard's Coat (sometimes Guardsman's coat) is a men's Overcoat which has a half-belt in the back,[1] and is based on the coat that used to be worn by English Officers of the Guard.[2] It is a double-breasted garment in either a 6x3 (more traditional) or 6x2 (more formal) configuration; in a 6x3 configuration, all three working buttons can be fastened, or just the bottom two.[1] The half-belt can be adjusted with buttons (more traditional) or sewn in place (more formal). The Guards Coat has either an Ulster collar (more traditional) or peaked lapels (more formal), turn-back cuffs (traditional) or button cuffs (formal), and welt or flap pockets.[3] It comes mostly in formal colours such as a deep navy or midnight blue, and is more formal than the more countrified Ulster coat.[2] These features mean that in its most formal configuration, it is largely similar to a Paletot or double-breasted Chesterfield coat, being distinguished primarily by its color and the presence of the half-belt in back; in its most traditional configuration, it is similar to a military greatcoat but without epaulets, or to a capeless Ulster coat but with a half-belt, different pockets and more formal fabric.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "A Man's Guide to Overcoats". December 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  2. ^ a b Schneider, Sven Raphael (March 25, 2010). "The Guards Coat". Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  3. ^ "Four Favorite Overcoats". 17 November 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-08.