A reader wrote asking about paddock coats the other day and I thought a couple of Apparel Arts illustrations might be of general interest. The paddock, shown on the right, is a traditional design for a formal overcoat, one that I've never seen on the street. It would have to be made bespoke today.
There are several unusual features to the paddock's design, including the pleated rear vents and the button stance.
Men in cold weather countries that see themselves attending a series of formal daytime affairs in the coming years might consider it, but only if they have a tailor who owns one of the nineteenth century tailoring references that illustrate how to cut and sew one.
Thanks to Ed Tuttee for pointing me to the visuals.