A coatdress or coat dress is a woman's dress that resembles an overcoat, usually with collar, lapels and front fastenings similar to a coat, and made in spring- or autumn-weight fabrics. The modern coatdress first emerged in the 1910s, with a 1915 article in Vogue assuring readers that the new garment could be worn over waistcoats or underdresses. The basic coatdress was a wardrobe staple for most decades, but became particularly popular in the 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Diana, Princess of Wales, was a particularly high profile wearer of coatdresses, many designed by Catherine Walker. The coatdress is often recommended for those wishing to project a professional look, whether in the office, or in the courtroom.
- Cumming, Valerie; Cunnington, C.W.; Cunnington, P.E. (2010). The dictionary of fashion history (Rev., updated ed.). Oxford: Berg. p. 50. ISBN 9781847885340.
- Howell, Frances S. (2010). Christopher Costilow, ed. History of American dress : from the 15th and 16th century through 1965. Escondido, CA: C.T. Costilow. p. 183. ISBN 9781450547383.
- Janaway, Alison; David Levenson (1985). Diana: Her Latest Fashions. Random House. ISBN 9780517453773.
...she has added them to the coat-dress variety which again she popularised almost single-handedly, without waiting for the trend to develop unaided.
- Modlinger, Jackie (1998). Diana : woman of style. Godalming: Bramley. ISBN 9781858339658.
- Ramsey, Lydia (2008). Manners That Sell: Adding the Polish That Builds Profits. Pelican Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 9781455608324.
- Moore, June Hines (2003). Social skills survival guide: a handbook for interpersonal and business etiquette. Broadman & Holman.
- Childress, Celia W. (1995). Persuasive delivery in the courtroom. [Rochester, N.Y.]: Lawyers Cooperative Pub. ISBN 9780762000265.