Many young men these days like to get married in a type of frock coat, preferring it to the more traditional morning coat which I wore. These modern frock coats however seem to have draped backs as in a lounge suit rather than a proper fitted body coat. The latter look much more elegant to me as they throw out the skirt a little to create a more interesting and elegant profile.
The question I have been asking myself for a while is whether there could be a wider application for the frock coat in modern day life and I think the answer is yes. The last incarnation of the formal frock coat (other than for certain British military uniforms such as those worn by the royal princes at Harry and Megan's wedding) was a rather funereal affair - the kind of thing Lloyd George wore to the Versailles conference - but it doesn't have to be like that.
In the colder weather one needs a coat to go out in, but people's homes tend to be so well heated that that one often doesn't need to wear one indoors. So rather than a lounge coat with a capacious overcoat on top why not a waistcoat with a more fitted type of long coat, like the one in the attached link perhaps? One is still left with the problem of whether it looks right to wear a waistcoat alone without looking like a snooker player, but I think that can be dealt with by using cloth rather than lining on the back.
As an experiment I have now drafted a pattern from my edition of Poole and am about to construct the muslin before showing to my tailoring tutor.
Edited by Nigel, 17 July 2019 - 06:57 PM.