Yachting Coat

AKA: short paletot

How to say it: as it looks

Traditional Features: 

body template

  • hip length
  • boxy cut
  • single or double-breasted
  • large buttons
  • loose sleeves
  • small, flat collar


…of the style: The Yachting Coat was worn by women from the 1860s – 1880s. It was a short version of the men’s paletot and was worn by women as an overcoat.

…of the name: I have no idea why the coat is called a Yachting Coat as I could not find any sources that explain it. Perhaps it was worn by women in the late 1800’s to protect their clothes when they went sailing…?

There isn’t a lot of information around about the Yachting coat, other than a description and the fact that it was also called a short paletot. I took my description from the Fairchilds’ Dictionary of Fashion.

21st Century Yachting Coats

The Yachting Coat as it was doesn’t really exist in the fashion landscape at the moment, but there are plenty of jackets that share its boxy cut and flat collar, here are a few that I found.

akris pinto alexander wang giambatistta valli the Row

Top Row – Akris Pinto, Alexander Wang

Bottom Row – Giambatistta Valli, The Row


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