Shopping Glossary


Overcoat: a long length warm coat with sleeves that is worn on top of another garment as a final layer of clothing protecting one from cold weather.

Coat: an outer garment with sleeves, worn outdoors and typically extending below the hips worn by both men and women either for warmth or fashion.

Jacket: an outer garment for the upper body extending either to the waist or the hips, typically having sleeves and a fastening down the front with collar, lapels, sleeves and pockets.

Bale: a large wrapped or bound bundle of various coats or jackets available in various weights and sizes.

Anorak: a waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, as a pullover or zipped, made of any weather-resistant material and worn widely, originally used in polar regions.

Lightweight and Greatcoat: A topcoat is a lightweight overcoat. A greatcoat is a heavy, bulky overcoat with a military history.

¾ Overcoat: a 3/4 length coat, one that is just above the knee and is flattering for most average height people. Best when shaped at the waist, not necessarily belted, to create a flattering silhouette.

Half coat: a short coat or jacket

Car coat: Originally created in the early 1900s, car coats were designed to protect drivers and passengers from the elements. It is worn by both men and women, a car coat is an outer garment providing maximum warmth and coverage, mid-thigh in length.

Raincoat: a long coat, typically having a belt, made from waterproofed or water-resistant fabric.

Parka: a large windproof jacket with a hood, designed to be worn in cold weather, always covers the waist to trap more heat.

Fur coat (imitation): Fake fur, also called faux fur, is known as pile fabric, usually make of polyester, acrylic or other synthetic fibres engineered to have the appearance and warmth of animal fur.

Suede coat: suede is leather with a soft, slightly rough surface. A leather finished, velvet-like nap produced by abrasive action.

Scottish Mix: a mix of ladies fashion coats and jackets direct from Scotland.

UK Mix: a mix of ladies fashion coats and jackets direct from the United Kingdom.

Military surplus: are coats and jackets which may be used or not that are sold or otherwise disposed of when no longer needed by the military.

Lay-By: This is an agreement between the retailer and the customer in which the retailer puts an item on hold for the shopper until it is paid for in full. The consumer pays for the product in instalments (interest-free) and will only receive the item once the payments are complete. The arrangement is a win for both parties.

Black Friday: a period in November where retailers hold sales with enormous discounts for their customers. Originated because accountants use black to signify profits when recording the days taking and red indicates a loss. The day became known as Black Friday as retailers see positive earnings and profits while customers benefit.