What's the difference between coats and jackets?

Most people use the words coats and jackets interchangeably, however there are indeed subtle differences. The main point of difference is that of length. According to Oxford Dictionaries, a coat is "An outer garments with sleeves, worn outdoors, and typically extending below the hips." Whereas a jacket is "An outer garment extending either to the waist or the hips, typically having sleeves and a fastening down front." Simply put, jackets are shorter, while coats are longer. This is true for jackets and coats for both men and women. 

To further illustrate a difference, let's look at some types of coats and jackets and discuss them in detail:

  • Bomber Jacket
  • Denim Jacket
  • Track & Coach Jacket
  • Anoraks
  • Shearling Jacket
  • Leather / Biker Jacket
  • Trench Coat 
  • Peacoat

Bomber Jacket

The Bomber Jacket started out as a casual flight jacket for pilots but have increasingly become a part of popular culture and fashion. This transition first started post World War-I in an effort to protect civilians from extreme weather conditions. From there, it soon found their way into various Government agencies. In the 1970s and 90s, they became popular with scooterboys and skinheads because of it's unique look. By early 2000s, it became popular casual wear in Hip Hop culture. And most notably in the 2010s, the Bomber Jacket made a big resurgence as a part of street fashion with creators like Kanye West heavily endorsing the article of clothing. We have two unique pieces of Bomber Jackets in our collection: Star Struck Embroidered Jacket, and Eagle Wings Embroidered Jacket.

Denim Jacket

Originated in 1880 by fashion pioneer Levi Strauss, after he had invented jeans as a new type of work apparel for miners, cowboys, and railroad workers. According to GQ, there are only "few things more iconic, more innately American, than a denim jacket." According to Levi Strauss & Co., the denim jacket has always appealed to nonconformists as a "knock to the suits of the world, its informal yet edgy heritage making it the ideal item to stick it to the man." Our retro denim jacket and distressed denim jacket are two of the more popular jackets on our store. 

Track & Coach Jacket

Tracksuits first found its way outside of the gym in the 1970s, with it first becoming popular in 1975, but the trend only lasted a few years before it made a big comeback in the 1990's with Hip Hop adopting it as a popular casual wear. This continued into the 2000's with brands such as juicy couture keeping it relevant after which the trend died for a bit, before resurfacing in the 2010's as a part of the "athleisure" movement. A variation of the track jacket is the coach jacket, that was modeled after the gear pros, or coaches would wear. The "athleisure" movement is very much alive till date with many vintage and sporty track jackets coming to surface as a main staple of today's fashion. In our jackets collection above, one can find many new and old track and coach jacket styles that are popular today. 

Anoraks

People usually confuse Anoraks and Parkas but the difference in actuality is very clear. Anoraks are a water resistant, hooded, pull-over jacket whereas a Parka is a hip-length jacket that is typically stuffed and has come kind of fur lining. Anoraks sometimes come with drawstrings at the waist and cuff, but are usually distinguished by the half zip opening. 

Shearling Jacket

You have probably come across this type of jacket since it has become very popular as of late. These usually have a wolly inner and suede outer but there are other variations with leather and denim instead of the suede and only the shearling on the collar or lapel. 

Leather/Biker Jacket

Leather jackets are perfect to wear while your riding a motorcycle or if you wanna edge to your outfit. A good piece of leather jacket looks both stylish and tough. A staple for any man's wardrobe. 

Trench Coat

A classic, timeless piece that was once only for the military, the trench coat is now a staple for any man's wardrobe.  

Peacoat

A peacoat is a short length coat that usually is accompanied by broad lapels and and a double breasted front. It is traditionally made of wool, typically in navy blue color, and features large buttons with vertical or diagonal pockets. It was originally created for sailors but it's versatility has found it's way into the cupboards for many men.

Raincoat

Made to withstand rainy conditions, this is an essential for everyone. Now raincoats can be one of those grey areas, as some raincoats can be short in length, have hoodies, and different fabric variations which makes it the kind of clothing article that usually is the cause of confusion between the nomenclature for jackets and coats. Another such anomaly or complex article of clothing is the parka. A Parka is a hip length jacket designed for the cold weather, that is usually stuffed and has a fur lined hood. Since, the Parka is usually in grey area in terms of length, it is hard to decide whether or not it can be called a jacket. Some people believe that since it is heavy it falls in the criteria of a jacket, whereas others argue that it is too long to be considered a jacket. We leave that discussion up to you.

Now that we've discussed every single of type of coat and jacket, we hope that you have a better understanding of the different types of coats and jackets, as well as the difference between them. Also, here's a short video to help you figure out which winter coat you are?