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:
Bell-boy or bell-hop j
Patti saque j
Pilot j (coat)
Prince of Wales 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
I want a "jacket"
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