I couldn’t agree more. The current fashion for clothes cut in the style of Pee-Wee Herman is simply wrong.
The word Duffle originally referred to a Heavy Woollen Cloth closely woven for warmth and manufactured in the Belgian Town of Duffel. However over the years it has come to signify a hooded coat with distinctive toggle fastenings which was adopted by the British Navy and used by officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds. The toggles could be unfastened whilst wearing thick gloves, and hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked Naval caps.
The duffle coat is natural camel color. It is very loose fitting and the smart knee length men like for sports and casual wear. The shoulders are reinforced, pockets are enormous and there is an attached hood which buttons closely about the neck.
Anyone can Google this info and paraphrase it, but nearly everyone that does fails to emphasize (and celebrate) the ugliness of this coat and the appropriate antifit it “should” have to be considered a proper Monty coat. In fact, like so many other English classics, it is the ugliness and comfort that makes it so … enduring, charming and yeah, eh… romantic.