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The term Cotehardie is fairly broad, and can refer to several different garments. For possible definitions, scroll down to Cotehardie in the following external link: Marc Carlson's Glossary

The most common usage of this term in SCA circles refers to a tightly fitted female garment of the 14th to 15th Century, which stereotypically has rows of buttons down the front and along the sides of the tightly fitted sleeves. Oddly enough, the most common use of the term in period was for a tight-fitting men's garment, and there are scholars (Robin Netherton among them) who insist that the use of the term "cotehardie" for a women's garment is incorrect and refer to the style as a "Gothic fitted dress".

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