Here comes the cold. Up ahead, through the sleet and storms, several solid months of mizzle and misery are waiting; poised to get your 2019 off to a bitter, biting start. Of course, your coat is the first line of frosty defence in the fight against the big chill. But, before you button up, we’ve got some truths for you harsher than those winter winds.
You will be judged on your choice of winter coat. And you will be judged hard. It’s the garment used to wrap your entire outfit up — simultaneously an item of practicality and a woolly first impression. So, if you’re in the market for a new coat to see you through to spring, here are our stylish, smart and downright cosy recommendations…
Spend you winter in the navy
Now, before you scoff at a simple navy coat being a statement piece, hear us out. They may be a style staple, in vogue for decades, but there’s a reason this perennial piece comes out every winter. And that’s exactly what a nice navy coat says about you; that you’re tuned-in, respect style heritage and are comfortable sticking with the status quo — especially when it looks this good.
So, if it’s a peacoat like this from Burberry or a smart, Italian tailored number such as this offering from Paul Smith, you can’t go wrong with a navy winter coat. Of course, you can still put your own spin on the classic — like this Giorgi Armani option with its midnight-blue collar and suitably deep pockets.
Burberry Double-Breasted Peacoat
Paul Smith Wool and Cashmere Coat
Giorgio Armani Shearling Coat
Finding the perfect coat is a grey area
Grey is a trickier story. You may think it a colour even less inspiring than the navy above, but you’d be surprised how tricky these many shades are to get right. Buy a grey coat this winter, then, and you’ll tell your fellow shivering commuters that you are not only brave in your colour choice, but also keen to suggest that your outfit behind the buttons is just as sartorially-sound.
It’s also one of the most versatile colours. Take this A.P.C. coat, for example, as easily-paired with jeans as it would be a suit. Or Mr P.’s exciting bouclé overcoat, double-breasted and speckled with flecks of virgin wool and alpaca. Of course, grey also gives you the chance to showcase all of its shades; as Dunhill have proved with this checked piece.
A.P.C. Ivan Herringbone Coat
Mr.P Bouclé Overcoat
Dunhill Prince Of Wales Checked Coat
Throw on a classic camel coat
Another winter, another classic. The camel overcoat has been worn by icons from Ralph Lauren to Ryan Gosling. We at Gentleman’s Journal even featured Tinie Tempah on our cover wearing one of the iconic garments. So, invest in one of these lighter-coloured coats and you’ll tell the world: I know how to take style cues from the greats, and I do my fashion homework.
And there is no better designer to study than Paul Smith. The friend of Gentleman’s Journal has crafted the perfect camel overcoat, cut in a wool and cashmere blend to keep you warm all winter. Alternatively, A Day’s March have recently released their own take on the single-breasted basic — or mix things up a little with a double breasted offering, such as this from Altea.
A Day's March Classic Wool Coat
Paul Smith Cashmere-Blend Coat
Altea Cashmere Coat
Go double-or-nothing this winter
Speaking of doubles, let’s have another few. The pinnacle of power dressing, the double-breasted coat will widen your silhouette and tell others that you’re not to be messed with. Sweep into the boardroom wearing one of these bold garments and no-one’ll question that you’re the boss.
AMI’s offering will even add a little formalwear flair — wrapping up your power suit with a serving of extra bombast. New & Lingwood’s peacoat is a sturdy option, cut with the softest fabric and made to last a lifetime. Or, if you’re looking to add a casual edge without losing any of the authority of the design, check out Caruso’s herringbone option.
AMI Slim-Fit Wool-Blend Coat
New & Lingwood Langley Pea Coat
Caruso Herringbone Coat
Don’t fear the shearling
There are few things as simultaneously comfortable and bold as a shearling coat. If you’re worried that it’s too much of a diversion from your usual look, don’t be. Shrug on one of these furry beauties and you’ll tell anyone who crosses your path that you forge your own fashion, and aren’t afraid to go the extra style mile.
Of course, with investment pieces such as these come hefty price tags. Loro Piana’s plush fabrics and expert craftsmanship and Tom Ford’s plush shearling don’t come cheap. However, Private White V.C. have swooped in with a more affordable offering, and one that will still keep you warm in blustery weather.
Loro Piana Wollaston Shearling Coat
Tom Ford Shearling-Trimmed Overcoat
Private White V.C. Shearling-Trimmed Melton Coat
Looking for some more winter style inspiration? Here’s how to wear your summer loafers during the colder months…