In general, your coat will have wide, rounded shoulders, deeper armholes, and if it is belted, it will be trimly pulled in. There are three chief types of coats, any of which may be fur-trimmed or plain. . .
- The boxy reefer, either short or long, but a far softer coat than its pre-war version you may have lived in.
- The short or long belted coat with a slightly fuller skirt.
- The short coat with a wide-swinging back.
From the booklet “Back to Civvies,” held by the The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.