jacket vs coat: what is the difference, length or thickness?
December 5, 2009 8:34 AM Subscribe
help settle a debate. jacket vs coat: what is the difference, length or thickness?
posted by illegiblemess to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Growing up in NJ, where one wears different outerwear in the fall and winter, I always understood a jacket to be thinner and more apt for fall, while a coat was thicker and for winter. Everyone I've asked (admittedly from the same region) agrees.
My boyfriend, however, is from the south where no one has winter coats, and thought the words were interchangeable. A google search reveals no definitive answer, although many sites suggest the difference is based on length (jacket = waist, coat = longer), which he believe makes more sense.
Which is right? Opinions?