Covert coat

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Grey covert coat with black velvet collar, made by Aquascutum.

A covert coat is a gentleman's overcoat which originated in the late 19th century as a "short topcoat" to be worn for hunting[1] or horse riding.[2]


Covert cloth, from which the coat is made, is a heavy tweed named after a covered area rich in game wildlife that would serve as a starting point on a hunt.[2] A covert coat is always single-breasted with notch lapels, a centre vent, flap pockets, and a signature four (sometimes five) lines of stitching at the cuffs and hem; a ticket pocket is optional. The collar may be constructed of covert cloth or velvet.[3] The traditional colour varies from a light greenish-tan brown to a fawnish mix to a rather deep tannish-green, but variants in grey and navy are also common.[2]

Notable wearers[edit]

Variants were worn by George VI and Edward VIII, as well as by Jason Statham and Stephen Graham in the 2000 crime comedy film Snatch.[4] The covert coat caused media attention during the 2015 General Election in UK when worn by UKIP party leader Nigel Farage [5]


  1. ^ "covert coat". Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  2. ^ a b c Schneider, Sven Raphael (January 24, 2012). "The Covert Coat". Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  3. ^ "A Man's Guide to Overcoats". December 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  4. ^ Doig, Stephen. "Do you covet Nigel Farages covert coat". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  5. ^ The story of Nigel Farage's coat at Retrieved 09 Apr 2015