What is a Covert Coat?

Every well versed Gent should own a Covert Coat, but what is it and where did it come from?

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AW18 Blue Check Covert Coat

What is a Covert Coat?

Covert Coats are now sold as Gentleman’s Overcoats, but they were originally created in the 19th century as a short tweed top coat, worn for riding or hunting.

What do they look like and what are they made from?

These days covert coats tend to be made from wooltweed or a heavy gabardine twill.

The name Covert comes from the moniker ‘Covert cloth’.

The Covert Coat will always be; Single Breasted and have a notch lapel, in most cases they have a contrasting top collar in a velvet of moleskin. Pockets will be straight or slanted and sometimes have an optional ticket pocket. The coat will have a single vent. Cuffs generally have four or five rows of stitching instead of a working button.
Colours vary from the traditional greenish brown fawn to reddish brown and now more commonly, grey, navy and black.

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Its all in the details, with contrasting top collars.

How Should you wear a Covert Coat?

Covert coats can be worn in a multitude of ways. They look very smart over a suit or double breasted waistcoat.
If the coat is black or camel they can look striking over a dinner suit.
If the coat is a tweed or wool, wear over a roll neck or cashmere jumper to dress up a more relaxed look.

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Effortless style.

At Gresham Blake you can shop our collection of off-the-peg Covert Coats. Alternatively you can visit us in one of our stores where our team of Tailoring Consultants can create you a made-to-measure Covert Coat, completely unique to you.

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