Winter is coming around in full swing and that means it is time to layer up. Your outer shell is the first thing people will notice, which means throwing on that tattered jacket or your old high school sports hoodie will simply not do. A suave winter coat can elevate your look from ubiquitously mundane to leading the style pack. Whilst everyone’s ‘perfect’ coat will vary depending on your tastes and day-to-day practicalities, we have compiled this handy style guide to make your morning routine that little bit quicker. And the best thing about nailing winter outerwear? People won’t know if you are wearing a suit or your pyjamas underneath, so comfort can be maintained all day long.
1. The Overcoat
The working man works hard for his dollars and so his clothes need to work hard too. Enter the overcoat. Typically worn over a suit, this luxurious coat means business and holds your entire look together. Providing warmth and protection from nasty weather, the overcoat is a versatile investment and will look just as good with a sweater and jeans as it will over of a three-piece suit. Choose one with a long-line silhouette and single row buttons to keep it sleek.
2. The Peacoat
Known for its double row buttons and wide collar, the peacoat is a close-fitting shorter style coat that flares out slightly at the hips. The slash pockets for easy hand placement makes this piece the perfect smart-casual accompaniment for casual Fridays or a mid-week date. Mix it up and go for a navy or camel colour.
3. The Parka
Get all boys in the hood with the parka- your in-between season casual savoir made for weekends and hipsters. An autumn layer with light protection, the parka is strictly a casual coat (i.e. not to be worn to your job interview). Typically shapeless in form, it should be paired with a straight or narrow cut pant to avoid looking dowdy.
4. The Racer Jacket
The ultimate all-rounder, this jacket is most likely to be found in every man’s wardrobe. With a plethora of fabric options, this jacket can be worn over any day or night time outfit for a relaxed yet trendy look. Although you will have to shell out the big bucks for a quality version, a leather jacket is our top pick. Perfect for emulating that laid-back, rebellious vibe, this jacket is full of attitude and comes with a high return on investment due to its longevity and style permanency.