London for a bit; which overcoat!? Argh!

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  1. dorian

    dorian Senior member

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    About to head over for a week or two and would appreciate some advice from those who are in London right now. It is the most simple of decisions in my life right now, yet it has consumed my thoughts for one day already.

    Which would be best given the weather right now, and which will allow me to operate under-the-radar most?

    Covert coat (it's quite long, actually, in a tannish color with brown velvet collar and styled a bit like an overcoat)

    Blue cashmere db overcoat (with lighter blue velvet collar)

    I think the covert coat is a little flashier and not quite as warm, yet... well... I'm still tempted... I'll have some business meetings to attend, however, and I think must exhibit less than my typical sartorial flash.

    Good friends, your opinions?


    Jcusey - a little late getting over there, I know, but I'll be taking those pics of the 82 last, as promised.
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Go with the covert coat. With any luck it'll rain -- no good for that cashmere db.
     
  3. MPS

    MPS Senior member

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    It's not too cold at the moment - I'd take the covert coat.
     
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    Definitely the covert coat.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You'd better take an umbrella.
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why, thank you, Dorian. I look forward to the pictures, and enjoy your trip.
     
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    ernest Senior member

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    What is a cover coat? The English rather thin coat often blue or brown/green with velvet on collar?

    I like it in Blue or Grey.

    Where can one buys this at a good price?
     
  8. ViroBono

    ViroBono Senior member

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    Ermest - It's a covert coat (pronounced kuvver). A covert is a clump of trees or bushes, such as where game birds or animals may hide from sportsmen. It was for country sportsmen that Cordings of Piccadilly made the first covert coats. The traditional covert coat comes in a variety of cloths, usually light-to-midweight. The style is distinguished by having four rows of stitching at the cuffs and the lower hem. This original purpose of this was to allow easy shortening by the owner. Covert coats often have velvet collars, but not always. The velvet collar comes from around the time of the French Revolution, when you were cutting the heads off your best people. Members of the British aristocracy took to wearing black velvet collars as a gesture of support. Vive les aristos.
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    And now for something completely different:

    John Bray on Jermyn Street has some very nice wool Loro Piana Storm System rain coats at good prices.

    Might be worth the trip to Jermyn Street to check them out.

    Kai
     
  10. dorian

    dorian Senior member

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    Thanks, Kai, I'll keep that in mind.
     

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