Rupert Penry-Jones

Rupert Penry-Jones as DI Chandler in Whitechapel here looks quite the epitome of class.

I know it helps that he has perfect figure that we all wish we had, but no matter what your shape, with the help of a good tailor, you can also create a look that earns you the title of best dressed man in your office.

So why am I showing you this?  Let's take a closer look...

What I really wanted to show you here is the coat.

It's no ordinary topcoat (not to be confused with an overcoat which is made of a heavier cloth and tends to end below the knee. This type of coat is known as a Covert Coat pronounced Cu-Vat.

The name derives from the type of cloth that is used to make it. It is made from covert cloth,  which is a twill weave cloth. Traditionally it was made in a tan and olive shade designed so that horse hair wouldn't show up on it. A cloth that looks like this...

But what makes a Covert coat, a Covert coat?

The keys to this design are:

  • The fly front - When done up, the buttons don't show to the outside.
  • The flap pockets like you see on regular jacket.
  • The outside ticket pocket above right flap (unfortunately you can't quite see it in this picture).
  • The rows of machine topstitching on cuffs and hem - 4 rows traditionally.
  • The topstitching 3/8" in from the edges of lapels, front edge and pocket flaps.
  • The just above knee length.
And the last, which I think really makes the coat work, is the velvet top-collar. Whilst not all covert coats have to have a velvet top-collar, I personally think they all should. Have it to match for subtlety, or for a more striking look, how about a maroon or emerald green?

This type of coat works especially well for shorter men as the length and balance of the design is flattering.

It's a great garment for both the Autumn and early Spring or for a light Winter coat ideal for those short dashes from the office to the train

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