The most essential piece of a colonial man’s attire was his coat. Also known as a dress coat, colonial coats were the outermost piece of clothing, the main way others in the community could tell a man’s class and status.


During the 18th century, a man’s coat was his attire’s final layer. Worn over a waistcoat (or vest) and breeches, the colonial dress coat was meant to cover everything. Long, straight, and loose in design, these men’s jackets fell past a man’s hips and just above his knees. Many featured slightly full skirts. By the 1770s, men’s dress coats were becoming increasingly fashionable — some men wore colonial coats that featured collars, pleats, and more prominent skirts. Yet no matter a man’s style, he never left the house without his coat.


With over (8) colors to choose from, this colonial frock coat features matching lapels, with contrasting flaps, and decorative buttons. 


Pair this colonial dress coat with our wide selection of colonial clothing pieces, accessories, to create your very own personalized colonial period outfit.