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Topcoat vs. Overcoat

Topcoat vs. Overcoat

Topcoat vs. Overcoat

Pop quiz:

Look at the two guys above. Is one of them wearing a topcoat and one wearing an overcoat?

If you’re a fan of Black Lapel and you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know that these are both custom topcoats. But for those who haven’t read the names of these coats you wouldn’t have any way to tell whether they’re topcoats or overcoats. That’s because the difference is not really visible.

A topcoat and an overcoat are both cold weather coats that can be worn over a suit jacket and extend to about the knee. The difference is in the weight of the cloth. A topcoat is a lighter weight version of an overcoat. Simple, right?

Okay, so now that you know the difference, get schooled on what makes a good topcoat

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