Originally Posted by JLibourel
I note that in this thread the term "body coat" has appeared a couple of times. This term is unfamiliar to me. To the best of my knowledge, the suit has totally displaced the frock coat, which if anything was looser fitting than the conventional suit coat, as well as the morning coat, which I always thought fit similarly to a suit coat. (I think the ascendancy of the morning coat was fairly brief, the frock coat dying in the 1920s, and the morning coat being relegated to weddings and other ultra-formal events by the post WWII era.) Could somebody please enlighten me about this?
Hi Jan: Nice to hear from you! I hope all's well. A body coat
is a coat with a seam at the waist, like on this frock coat:
and princess seams in the back, like this:
All these seams and panels allow the coat to be fitted much closer to the body than a lounge coat, which is the cut of today's suit coats, blazers, sportcoats, etc. This is why the Italians call morning coats, which are body coats, tights
. They are cut to fit tight. Body coats--which include all dress coats, morning coats, and true frock coats--are designed for walking, riding, dancing, public speaking, or doing business. Lounge coats are more comfortable for lounging.