New Fashion Terms – Coatigan & Vestigan

As I like to be at the forefront of new fashion terms, here’s one I found in the October Oprah magazine. Coatigan is the term for a cardigan that looks like a long coat. Strictly speaking, a coatigan has lots of buttons down the front of it and is a cardigan that comes to at least knee length.  It’s less formal than a coat and more upmarket than, and not as dowdy as a cardigan.



This is my playful take on it.  Use coatigan for any jacket that is long at the front (like the one on the left) whether it has buttons or not.

Vestigan sounds like a coat for a vegetarian. No! I have played with the coatigan word to create my newly-invented term for longs, sleeveless vests.  Both illustrations are from the November ‘Dressmaking with Stitches’ magazine. The jackets  are the same but the author has removed the sleeves in the one on the right to make it a vest rather than a coat.

Have fun playing with these terms and use them to sound like a very modern, trendy woman.

(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 22 November  2012. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)


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