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Need Help Buying Coat!

Nov 17, 2008
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Having lived in southern california most of my life, I have never had to buy a coat. However, now that I am in Pennsylvania where it is snowing, I figured it would be a good investment. I am looking for something that is longer than a pea coat but does not go past my knees. Maybe something like this: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2988110/...bo=6004479&P=2 or: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2991384/...bo=6004479&P=3 Some questions: 1. Is there a specific name for this type of coat? 2. My understanding is that these coats are generally made to wear over a suit. However, I will probably just be wearing it more casually over a sweater + shirt. Do I need to get it altered or can I just wear it bit loosely over my sweater? 3. Do people get these coats tailored like they would with a suit jacket? 4. Can I wear these with jeans and loafers or are these usually worn with dress shirt + tie + dress pants thanks!!


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Dec 13, 2007
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Search for a 3/4 length coat or a car coat. You would probably need to size down a size or have it tailored because they are nominally sized to go over a coat, not just a shirt.

I think you can wear them with a shirt and jeans if they are above the knee. My personal view is that long overcoats are too dressy to go with jeans and casual wear.

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