The coat you choose this season will likely be your biggest fashion investment, and Fashion Features Editor India Gladstone is here to tell you how to make it count.
To state the obvious, a coat is the first thing a person sees when they look at you. By default, then, you’re opening yourself up to a world of judgement with the seemingly carefree act of choosing which coat to wear each day. And, as we all know, first impressions count – so it’s time to get it right.
The Tailored Overcoat
Men of style all over the world favour this option as their go-to year after year, and for good reason. Sharp and slick, a tailored overcoat has the capability to instantly elevate every outfit, whether you’re chucking it over jeans and a T-shirt or a suit.
The Mackintosh is perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of menswear in the world, and continues to be at the forefront of the wardrobes of universally well-dressed men. It’s the perfect transitional piece for when the weather can’t quite make up its mind, and works dressed up or down.
This slightly bulkier version of the peacoat has all the workings of a seriously dapper piece of outerwear: form, function and style. A double breasted jacket is favoured by so many because of its flattering properties, so choose slim fit trousers and a roll neck to keep it slick.
Down jackets have fast become a must-have for every well dressed man in the world. Whether you choose to layer it underneath an overcoat or wear it on its own, there’s something undeniably cool about it. Wear with everything from a suit to loungewear, and we promise you’ll never look back.
Last but not least is the old faithful, the parka. Trusted as a serious life-saver when it comes to plummeting temperatures, it’s also become one of the most sartorially savvy pieces of outerwear to own. It’s bulky, so avoid pairing with thicker layers and keep the entire look streamlined with slim fit pieces.