A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one.
James Boswell

Coat length – what’s important when it comes to coats and how they flatter the figure

Anyone who has seen the film “Casablanca” knows how stylish a perfectly cut coat can make a man look. Of course, the era of the trench coat, as worn by Humphrey Bogart decades ago in this famous film, is long since past. However, the rule is still: a coat that is a timeless classic is a must-have for any fashion-conscious gentleman. 

Especially for men, it is important that the coat fits perfectly. We give you tips what you should consider when buying a coat. 

Make sure that the cut is right for you

In your father’s or grandfather’s times, disproportionally wide, floor-length coats were all the rage. However, fashions change. Nowadays, coats are designed to hide the rest of a man’s outfit in an understated way and emphasise it. A coat is a perfect fit if it neither bulges nor makes you look chubbier than you are; it should in fact make you slimmer and more attractive.

The wide choice of coat designs available is bound to offer the cut that is right for you, regardless of your figure. Independent of your body shape, you should always ensure that the coat is roomy enough to wear a suit underneath. When the coat is buttoned up, it should not feel too tight.

If you are quite slim, you can also opt for a coat that is slightly tailored at the waist. However, please note the use of the term slightly!

Other than that, the cut of a tailored coat should be plain without any additional details. Otherwise, the design could easily look too feminine.

Men with a wide back and a muscular figure, on the other hand, should opt for straight-cut coats. The button front of the coat should also be straight.

The length of the coat plays a decisive role.

A well-chosen coat must neither be too short nor too long. The coat length should be based on the size of the body.

A good guide is the rule that the hem should preferably end a hand’s breath above the knee.
This length has a visually elongating effect. Especially shorter men should choose a short coat to achieve a good proportion ratio.

Some style experts divide the body into eight equal parts to determine suitable coat lengths.

Applying this calculation to a man that is 180 centimetres tall would result in each part measuring 22.5cm. The optimum hem lengths would therefore be 22.5cm, 45cm or 67.5cm above ground level. 

Even though things are often easier for women when it comes to fashion, they should still keep the rules regarding the coat length in mind. A woman’s coat should never end precisely at the knees as this makes you look shorter.
It should end at least a hand's breadth above or below the knee. Of course, this does not mean that short women shouldn’t wear long coats, and tall women should never wear short coats.

Another important factor to consider for women is the length of the skirt. If you are wearing a short coat, it’s OK for the hem of the skirt to be slightly longer than the coat. However, this does not apply to a three-quarter length coat. The skirt should either be shorter than the coat, or the same length. You can wear anything with a full-length coat.

It is therefore slightly easier for men. However, the suit jacket should preferably not peep out from beneath the coat.

Spoilt for choice...

According to the latest fashion trends, a man is not stylishly dressed without a smart coat. However, which coat is a suitable addition to your wardrobe? 


A peacoat is a short coat with wide lapels and a double-breasted button front that looks best on athletic men.

Chesterfield coat:

If you are looking for a classic wool coat as suitable business wear, a Chesterfield coat is likely to be the right answer. These coats are usually knee-length, have a single-breasted button front and quite plain.

Ulster coat:

An Ulster coat is rather more robust, slightly flared and has a double-breasted button front. Ulster coats typically have cuffed sleeves and patch pockets. 

Trench coat:

A water repellent and practical trench coat is a casual yet functional choice. It is wide-cut, has a double-breasted button front and is also typically gathered with a belt. A trench coat also has a large collar and large lapels, and usually large epaulettes.

Duffle coat:

A duffle coat is the perfect casual companion in business or on a leisurely stroll through town. Unlike other coats, a duffle coat is fastened with toggles. Another characteristic detail is the hood. These are only some of the classic designs that are available. Men’s coats come in many other cuts and styles – from athletic to elegant.

What you should bear in mind when buying a coat

Choose your new coat carefully. A coat is the first item of clothing people notice when they see you in the street. Remember: first impressions count! 

What you should bear in mind when buying a coat

Wear thick clothing when you go out to buy a coat. If you intend to wear the coat for work, you should choose one in a size that is roomy enough to wear a suit underneath. 

What you should bear in mind when buying a coat

Your coat isn’t roomy enough and you feel constricted when wearing it? If that is the case, you would be well-advised to buy a size larger or to maybe choose another design.

What you should bear in mind when buying a coat

Just like a suit, a coat fits perfectly if the shoulder seams end exactly where the shoulders end. When the coat is buttoned up, it should not feel too tight across the chest; however, nor should there be any creases on the back.

What you should bear in mind when buying a coat

Not only the coat should have the right length, but so should the sleeves. To find out, angle your arms slightly and let them hang down loosely. If the sleeves cover the wrist bones, they are the right length.


Summary regarding coats

A coat is basically a must-have for any fashionable, stylish gentleman! You should own at least one coat.
One undoubtedly important aspect when it comes to the choice of design is an attractive look. Your coat should not only keep you warm and dry but also add that certain something to your outfit.

You will find a wide range of coats in the bugatti online shop . The choice ranges from a waterproof coat with removable lining and hood to elegant and timeless wool coats or a checked coat with a faux gilet and many more fashionable designs.

You are bound to find a design that meets your needs made from a fabric you like. Have fun browsing!

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