What Is A Morning Coat?

02/25/2011 12:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

According to the Royal Wedding invitations, proper dress attire is "Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge Suit."

You can read up on lounge suits here, but what is a morning coat?

A morning coat is a type of tailcoat, a coat with a section of it literally cut away (thus why the morning coat is also called a cutaway). It's considered formal day wear, commonly worn at weddings, funerals and baptisms in England, and has a pair of tails behind it. defines a morning coat simply as, "a man's cutaway for wear as part of morning dress."

The morning coat can also be seen in the United States occasionally, though there's a movement to do away with such attire.

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