Women’s coats appeared around the end of the 19th century and were developed from women’s long woollen coats. The overcoat is long, waisted and with big lapels. As Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and other stars wore the overcoat, it became popular in the world and the entertainment circle. Nowadays, the overcoat has been a classic item. And the long overcoat is optimized to be more fit for daily wearing. For A/W 21/22, we starts from the classic long overcoat to analyze the wide-shoulder boyfriend overcoats, modern X-line overcoats, retro straight overcoats, overcoats with shawl lapels and collarless overcoats.
Long Boyfriend Overcoats (The Big Wide-shoulder Silhouette)
Influenced by the feminist movement in America, the masculine wide-shoulder silhouette has been gradually applied to womenswear, especially suits and overcoats, displaying the capable and neat image of females. In A/W 20/21, the big wide-shoulder overcoat makes some improvements, like the well-fitting sleeve, slightly waisted and decorative accessories, becoming a key item.
Modern Ladies (The Wide-shoulder X-line)
The modern style is popular from the 1970s to the 1980s. And overcoats in this period are more fashionable and noble than ever. The lifted waistline and wide-shoulder make a inverted trapezoid and become a classic item. Unlike before, A/W 21/22 pays more attention to the silhouette created by the waistline and the hip.