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What differentiates a high quality overcoat from a low quality overcoat

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FidelCashflow, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

    Oct 15, 2007
    Aside from nicer fabrics, what's the difference? Not sure if high quality overcoats are canvassed, but even if it is, isn't it pointless since it's just going over the suit anyways?
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  2. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Agreed on the last count. Fabric and fit...design elements may play a role too.
  3. jasonsmith

    jasonsmith Member

    Aug 6, 2012
    hi fidelcashclow,

    i had two overcoats made last winter which are still serving me very well. full canvas is very important!

    yes high quality overcoats are indeed canvassed and shouldn't be fused (unless the fabric weight is extremely light, in which case fusing may be required).

    it does go over the suit, but still needs to fit well and since it will be canvassed, the overcoat will conform to your body better than a fused suit.

    also the lining and fabric play a big role. the cheaper the lining used, the less likely the overcoat will stand the test of time.

    hope this helps.

  4. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Biggest difference between low end coats and better coats is the materials. The fabrics used in nicer coats IMHO have a far greater difference then those seen in suits. In other words the difference in the fabric used in a mid level suit and a higher level suit is closer then the difference between two coats .

    Once you've spent the extra money on the material construction costs aren't going to be a big deal so you don't skimp here either.

    But even a cheaper coat will last almost forever.

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