All posts tagged: Outerwear

Terminology: What is a chesterfield coat?

The chesterfield is a man’s overcoat with simple vertical seams, no side-back piece, and a velvet collar, usually in grey with black. The velvet collar is the defining feature of the chesterfield (as the fitted waist has since been lost) and is said to be based on the black strips that supporters of the old regime sewed on their jackets after the execution of Louis XVI in 1793.  This last bit, while quite romantic and appealing, is, alas, probably apocryphal. According to The Encyclopedia of Fashion, the coat was named after Phillip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, .  This seems somewhat improbable, Stanhope died in 1773.  As the first known use of the term was in the 1840s, it seems likely it refers to a 19th century Earl of Chesterfield, perhaps the 6th Earl of Chesterfield, who cut a bit of a swath in London the 1830s and 40s.  There are certainly references to it as a Lord Chesterfield coat, indicating a link between the Lord and the coat. The Chesterfield was interesting as …

Rate the Dress: a Pingat Mantle

Last week you were divided on the individual garments that made up the men’s ensemble which I presented you.  The jacket was universally liked, but the pleated stirrup pants were not so popular, dragging the ensembles ratings down to a 6.3 out of 10 This week I present you with a singe garment, rather than a full ensemble, so you don’t have to worry about not liking bits and pieces of the ensemble (though you might not like bits and pieces of the individual garment!) There are multiple views of this striking 1891 evening mantle by Emile Pingat with Islamic inspired designs and aqua marabou trim, so you can experience it from different angles. We have the front: And the side: And a view of the jacket worn over a dress: What do you think?  Fabulous?  Or not? Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10 By the way, have you realised that you can see every Rate the Dress ever, in order?