The internet has a way of expanding the English language and ever since discovering the tailored clothing forums I have also encountered a term that I had never heard used outside of the internet, and that was “quarters”. As in, a way of describing the shape of the front of the coat. Whereas in tailoring circles, or the ones I have always frequented, anyway, have generally referred to a “straight front” or a “cutaway front”, the internet usage has people referring to “open quarters” and “closed quarters”. Which sounds more like an architectural term to me, but whatever. I never understood where the term might have originated, suspecting one of the forum stars may have coined it and it become an iTailor meme.
Well, I think I know where it comes from now.
An illustration from the book I referenced in my last post, showing the “forequarter” of the coat, something more commonly called the forepart, particularly since coats have generally been cut in six pieces since the 1930s, not four. So while it is not completely without precedent to refer to the “quarters” of a coat, it’s something you might more readily find at “ye olde taylor shoppe”. But then, the iGentry seem to fond of anachronisms, and so it is perhaps appropriate.