Advertisement for Alfred Cantle's overcoats
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By the late 19th century, many different styles of overcoat were available, designed to give extra protection and warmth to gentlemen when outdoors or travelling. These designs included the Paletot, a short coat that could be worn as a jacket when indoors; the Inverness, a combined coat and cloak; the Ulster, which was made of a heavy woollen material and was worn with a belt; and, perhaps the most popular, the Chesterfield, worn long to the knee and not shaped at the waist. The popularity of sporting activities meant that shorter coats became increasingly fashionable. Overcoats were usually black or grey - muted tones in keeping with the rest of a gentleman's wardrobe.