In the nineteenth century, the frock coat became a symbol of British masculinity and even empire. While simpler and less structured than the eighteenth century dress coat, the frock developed into a full-skirted coat mirroring the ideal female silhouette
Frock coats were popular for formal, but not overly formal occasions. The frock coat features a full, skirt-like bottom. By the end of the century, frock coats were typically worn by older men in professional settings.
Confederate Enlisted Frock Coat. Early War enlisted men’s frock coats are the rarest existing form of the Confederate uniform coat. Although the frock coat was prescribed for enlisted men by the earliest regulations, they were soon superseded by the short shell jacket to conserve cloth. This example is a cadet grey, single breasted, frock coat; not only does it have infantry branch of service colored piping around the collar, it also has regulation pointed cuffs, they too in infantry blue.