Every well versed Gent should own a Covert Coat, but what is it and where did it come from?
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.
These days covert coats tend to be made from wool, tweed 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.
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.
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.