The Anatomy of a Tailcoat

♥ If there could be just one item of clothing that was worn by some many types of people, from aristocracy to footmen, from musicians to lion tamers and from soldiers to jockeys, it would most certainly be- a tailcoat. The historical reason coats were cut this way was to make it easier for the wearer to ride a horse but soon they became a symbol of elegance and sophistication.

♥ There's nothing new in a fact that I adore vintage clothing, but some may not know that I am also a big fan of historic costumes so there's no wonder I fell in love with this particular piece since it contains a little bit of both. I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it in the thrift shop and immediately knew it has to be mine! I mean, how often do you see a tailcoat in a second hand shop for bargain? How often do you see a tailcoat at all?

♥ I was of course browsing around in search of informations about the tailcoat in general, and I found out there are few types of it, but the two most popular versions are the dress coat and the morning coat. A dress coat, sometimes called a swallow-tail or claw-hammer coat has come to be worn only in the evening by men as part of the white tie dress code, also known as evening full dress, for formal evening occasions. As you assume, women back in the days wore something like this very rarely, mostly when they were riding a horse.The interesting irony of formal attire is that almost without exception, every aspect of the masculine evening costume derives from the sport of horseback riding.

♥ And if you look careful enough, you will see another very cool detail about this ensemble. It's a pocket square! As a visible fashion item there are a wide variety of ways to fold a pocket square, ranging from the austere to the flamboyant. I choose the two-point fold that is folded off-center so the two points do not completely overlap. And this gorgeous peach-color piece is once again by amazingly talented guys behind A Cool Man.














Tailcoat: second hand shop
Dress: flea market (Hrelić)
Gloves: thrifted
Hat: H&M
Boots: flea market (Hrelić)
Pocket square: A Cool Man


9 comments:

  1. You are so great ... I love this dress, a perfect combination of male and female, between the noble composure of his jacket and light saucy gown ... And these photos are beautiful and charming ... I have a place of much like the heart, the old cemetery of my city, I walk there in those corridors and I can travel through time and distant stories ...
    Good weekend..

    serena

    http://madhouseautoproduzioni.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you dear Serena! I also love to play between male-female silhouette so this ensemble was a sweet challenge to me. And I'm more than glad you like the result. I am also very glad there's another cemetery admirer out there in the world. This one is the biggest and prettiest in Croatia, it's called Mirogoj and I could literally spent hours wandering around there.

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  2. Joj koliko sam samo dugo zagledala u svaki detalj. Svaki komad je predivan. Ovakve cizme sam dugo ganjala i na kraju nisam nasla.

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    1. Hvala lijepa Dragana! Ovakve sam čizme i sama dugoooo imala na piku, napokon ih se dočepala na buvljaku i ne skidam ih sa sebe!

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  3. Such a bold dramatic look! It reminds me of Marlene Dietrich ~ I love the giant plaid satin dress, it's so pretty and those tails really kick up to top knotch! And those boots are amazing... That's all. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Oh wow, that is such a compliment, being compared to the one and only Marlene! Thank you so much!

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  4. You sure make tailcoat looks elegant and feminine! :) I adore that dress too!! Whoaaa!

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  5. Powerfully cool ensemble. I've owned many coats and jackets over the years, ut you know, I've never once had a tailcoat. You've inspired me to try and add one to my wardrobe some day now (thank you!).

    ♥ Jessica

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