Car Coats

The car coat is a style of outerwear that became popular in the 1950s and has since become an iconic silhouette for both men and women. The term “car coat” comes from the functionality of the coat. Because of the open, drafty design of cars in the ’50s and ’60s, protection against the wind was necessary for many drivers. It is an important gear that helps in protecting the driver from the elements attendant in open cars whether it is winter or fall. In fact, it is being used even on relatively cool days as it is also a means to protect from the elements during high speed driving. Nowadays, style has added a new dimension in the overall get up of the driver, if before it is meant as a protective gear, now it also has evolved as a fashion statement in many respects. It now comes in many variations and designs aimed at highlighting not only its usefulness but also the class that goes with using it.

Cole Haan Leather Trim Wool Twill Car Coat

Cardinal of Canada Twill Car Coat

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There are many designs available for a car coat and it comes in different colors as well. The materials used are basically the same and in all of the varieties available, the one with the wool material is most common and it is because of its warming effect as compared to other materials. Silk is added to promote a certain degree of flare and style. There are also those using leather materials and it is popular to many customers. These car coats can be worn by women and men. Women have historically worn car coats as a way to add light warmth on cool evening or warmer winter days. Often knee-length styles are chosen to cover a dress or skirt. A shorter, mid-thigh style is convenient to wear with jeans and trousers. Women’s car coats can come in light to medium wool, heavy polyester and even leather. Car coats are often lined with a softer fabric like silk or a synthetic nylon. A man’s car coat often functions in length to cover a suit jacket or sport coat. In more casual styles, the car coat offers better protection against the weather than a heavy sweater or cardigan. Men’s car coats are generally wool or leather, lined in silk or nylon. Often a vent in the back of the coat makes walking, driving and moving around more comfortable.

Ted Baker Tailored Car Coat

GAR-DE Nylon Melton Wool Mix Car Coat

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A great place to start shopping for a car coat is a basic department store. So many departement stores that each year feature large outerwear sections complete with many styles and fabrics. Or you can go buy at retailers, more specialty retailers, also carry versions of the style most fall and winter seasons. Finally, these car coats are not just for the drivers nowadays. This outfit also can be your option during fall and winter seasons for sure.