Despite the temperature dial being unusually and unnervingly high in the past couple of months, the mercury is steadily starting to drop outside. And if conventional British weather is anything to go by – sleet and storms, several solid months of mizzle and misery – it’s best that you start gathering your wears to protect yourself from the elements.
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 a few sartorial suggestions for you, ones that are more striking than the winter winds. After all, it’s the garment used to wrap up your entire outfit – and simultaneously an item of practicality and a woolly first impression – so it’s best you invest right.
So, if you’re in the market for a new coat to see you through to spring, here are is an edit of our most stylish, smart and downright cosy recommendations…
Wear navy to battle the blues
For a failsafe option, fall back on something in navy. It’s a flattering style staple, one that’s been in vogue for decades and transcends fashion fads and seasons – 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 tried-and-tested.
We’d start you off with a classic, single-breasted wool coat by Paul Smith. Though the British maker is known for its strong use of graphics and popping colour, it’s also pretty sharp on neutrals, too. This option by Turnbull & Asser features concealable buttons, keeping things pared-back and tidy, and it’s produced from Loro Piana’s ‘Storm System’ cashmere fabric, which is given a waterproof coating. For further protection, Apnée Swimwear’s parka, made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, will see you through the darker, stormier days.
Paul Smith 'Epsom' coat
Turnbull & Asser 'Smith' coat
Apnée Swimwear parka
The clear choices in 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 hard it is to get right – neither too dark nor too light, it can often be a difficult in-between hue to match with the rest of your wardrobe. But if you’re headstrong on investing in this shade in the coming weeks, consider the below options…
To begin, we recommend you lean towards the darker side of things, as this will make it more manageable to pair with other style staples, such as indigo denim, navy chinos and white cotton T-shirts. Take this Aubin coat, for example, which is as easily paired with slim-cut Levi’s as it would be a two-piece suit. Sunspel’s charcoal-melange coat, in recycled cashmere, has an off-duty feel thanks to its boxy proportions – the extra space also allows for maximum layering. And if you’ve planned a long weekend to that ultimate winter-weather destination, Stockholm, then do as the locals do and invest in a piece by Acne Studios – this option has a wool blend that ensures pure insulation from the severe Swedish climes.
Aubin 'Ramsden' coat
Sunspel cashmere coat
Acne Studios wool-blend coat
Lighten up with camel and beige
From Ralph Lauren to Ryan Gosling, options in camel and beige are widely associated with dapper, rakish, incredibly well-dressed style heroes (we at Gentleman’s Journal even featured Tinie Tempah on our cover wearing one of these iconic garments). However, given that it’s a bit of a shock colour in the upcoming season of dark, moody hues, we suggest grabbing an option that has a stripped-down minimalism, in order to avoid overcomplicating your look.
At the lighter end of the scale is the modular mac by L’Estrange, champions of the capsule wardrobe. It has a lightweight quality, meaning it can also be worn in spring, and, as part of the brand’s modular series, it can be clipped to an inner insulator for extra warmth. Going up, Sunspel has an unfussy option in dark stone, which can be worn to weekend getaways, the boardroom, or the client lunch in town – we’re particularly taken by the sharp lines that gives extra structure to your outfit. For a more sumptuous tone, try Burberry’s tailored coat in camel wool-cashmere – popping the collar will reveal the brand’s iconic check, allowing you to add a dash of pattern to your look.
The pinnacle of power dressing, the double-breasted has a formal edge to it – not only will it widen your silhouette, but as it hugs your silhouette, it draws the shoulders back, giving you a stronger, more poised stature. (When it comes to practicality, it’ll also give you an extra front layer than what is usual.) Such cuts do give you chance to experiment with extra buttons, pockets, and different lapel types – but, as is our usual mantra, less is more, and this selection should stand you in good stead for the coming years.
Turnbull & Asser’s offering will add a little flair to your formalwear, by neatly wrapping up your three-piece suit in a beautiful layer of herringbone, whose flecks and chevron pattern inject a small dash of detail. New & Lingwood’s overcoat is a sturdy option, cut with a wool-silk blend and fully lined. Or, if you’re looking to add a casual edge without losing any of the authority of the design, check out Private White V.C.’s military-inspired option which just about hits the thigh (best paired with a fairisle knit and some rugged boots).
Turnbull & Asser 'Highgrove' overcoat
New & Lingwood wool coat
Private White V.C. peacoat
Don’t fear the shearling
There are few things as simultaneously comfortable and bold as a shearling coat. It’s a thing of heft and ruggedness – a big, bulgy, military-influenced statement piece that’s truly not one for the sheepish of men. If you’re worried that it’s too much of a diversion from your usual look, we’ll allay your concerns – balance out the Michelin-man bulkiness of it with lighter, more slimline articles of clothing; perhaps a svelte merino-wool rollneck, or some slim-fit cotton trousers. There are, of course, some no-fail options, too, that should rest your fears…
As is often the case, with investment pieces such as these come hefty price tags. Loro Piana’s plush feel doesn’t come cheap – but its throwback aviator aesthetic is worth the investment. However, Oliver Spencer, with its fleece-lined moss option, and Mr. P, with a design worthy of Maverick’s shoulders, have swooped in with more affordable offerings, and ones that will still keep you warm (and sleek) in blustery weather.
Loro Piana shearling coat
Oliver Spencer 'Newington' coat
Mr. P blouson jacket
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