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Posted 29 April 2009 - 12:52 PM

One of the curious things about garments is how little people care about their names, which seem to change from season to season. I find the use of the term "jacket" to be one case in point. Although a jacket is a species (a subtype of the family, "coat", albeit a short coat), it is increasingly used either as a species name to denote a lounge jacket, or else, it is used to denote any coat. I have even heard people refer to knee length overcoats as "jackets". Chaos reigns supreme.

In any case, the lounge coat has become something of a nameless garment: I want a "jacket" is what most customers say. However, there are actually a huge number of garments that are jackets. Here are some:

Albert j
Anorak j
Battle j
Beatle j
Bed j
Beer j
Bell-boy or bell-hop j
Bietle j
Bolero j
Breakfast j
Bush j
Cambridge j
Camisole j
Canezou j
Cardigan j
Carmagnole j
Combing j
Dinner j
Dolman j
Eton j
Hacking j
Lindbergh j
Lounge j
Mess j
Monkey j
Norfolk j
Newmarket j
Oxonian j
Patti saque j
Patrol j
Pea j
Penelope j
Pilot j (coat)
Polka j
Prince of Wales j
Reefer j
Roundabout j
Sacque/sack/sac j
Sack-back j
Safari j
Shell j
Simar j
Skeet j
Smoking j
Sontag j
Spencer j
Tweedside j
Windbraker j
Zouave j

I am sure you could think of more terms to add.

So next time you are tempted to say "I want a jacket" you might want to think twice.

Cunnington & Cunnington: Handbook of English Costume in the 19th Century
Cunnington & Cunnington: Handbook of English Costume in the 20th Century
Backlawski: The Guide to Historic Costume
Picken: A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion

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