The coats and jackets which formed the weather of men’s outwear have their roots within the seventeenth century when men first embrace the concept of male dress for riding. During the late 1600s and early 1700s, the concept for designing men’s habit coats and waistcoats were directly adopted from men’s suit coats and waistcoats, except that the men’s garments were moved think again full skirts rather than breeches. At the start of the eighteenth century, men’s riding coats were slightly above knee-length and when open, revealed a waistcoat of virtually equal length. With the change in fashion trends riding coats had shortened to about hip-length, becoming fitted jackets, and riding habits were considered outerwear suitable for both riding and traveling. men also wore a range of jacket-style bodices for casual day-wear; however, unlike habit jackets, these garments weren’t considered outerwear.