A single-breasted, fly-fronted paletot from 1903

A paletot is a type of topcoat. The name is French, but etymologically derived from the Middle English word paltok, meaning a kind of jacket.[1]

Historically, it was a semi-fitted to fitted coat, double-breasted or single-breasted, the front sometimes fastened by a fly, with or without pleats, and with or without pockets. A modern paletot is a classic business overcoat, usually double-breasted with a 6×2 button arrangement, the top buttons placed wider apart and not fastened, with peaked lapels, a flat back and no belt. A paletot is often made of flannel or tweed in charcoal or navy blue.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ "Definition of PALETOT". merriam-webster.com.
  2. ^ "A Man's Guide to Overcoats". artofmanliness.com. December 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Paletot – The Double Breasted Overcoat". gentlemansgazette.com. November 8, 2010.