The tail coat is massively popular and iconic of most period fashions. No wonder, they are exceptionally elegant after all.
There are two main categories of historical tail coat, the Evening coat (bottom of image) and the Morning coat (top of image)
When someone thinks of a tailcoat, they usually think of the Evening Coat style, which has a square cut at the front and sides at waist length, and the long tails are knee length at the back.
This style is also known as the Swallow Tail type and the tails are usually rounded at the ends at the knee. Although longer or shorter tails came in and out of fashion over the twentieth century.
Morning coats taper from the front to the back in a sloped cut;
but the tails usually look the same from the back as they do on the evening coat.
Some tail coats have square tails. These are usually shorter, military issue coats or specifically hunting coats.
The Highland Coatee, worn traditionally with a kilt in scotland is a good example of a very short-tailed coat.
With tail coats coming bacn in and out of fashion, usually as a womens fashion in modern times, you can find them in all sorts of styles and colours!
A gothic fashion edge to the tail coat was to make the tail ends sharply pointed, and this has stayed a popular style in modern tail coats.
My favourite modern tail coat designs come from Alice and the Pirates;
They do so many unusual things with the cut and details and always keep it interesting!