What is a Tailcoat?

A tailcoat is a knee-length coat characterized by a rear section of the skirt. This is known as the tails.

The tailcoat originates from clothes that were cut for convenient horse riding in the Early Modern era.

Key Points

  • It is very occasionally seen at funerals but is more often used as daywear at weddings, especially when worn with a black matching waistcoat
  • Tailcoats are usually paired with striped grey pleated trousers.
  • Tailcoats can even be worn with plain or houndstooth trousers.
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