With winter well on its way, now is the time to get your winter coat sorted. LUXOS has picked five of our favourite coats to take any gent through the colder months in style, from chilly weekday city commutes to cosy weekend brunches and cross continent long-haul flights.
If you don’t already own a classic overcoat, please buy one. Whether you work in a formal environment or not, a slim fit, mid length wool or cashmere over coat is a worthy and timeless investment for the sophisticated urban gentleman. Nowadays, and this season in particular, the overcoat is not only relegated to the weekday commute and business meetings, but looks effortlessly cool worn with off duty denim and is ideal for making a stylish impression over brunch with friends.
A double breasted camel overcoat is the old school classic, but a sleek and slim grey cashmere overcoat, with a popped collar is a seriously sophisticated look for maximum style points this season. Go for herringbone, plaid, tweed and checked designs, for a very current cool heritage feel, or opt for a dropped shoulder design to hone this season’s distinct modish hipster approach to the classic style. A well-tailored and good fitting overcoat (make sure the shoulders fit well and the rest should fall into place) will no doubt take pride of place in your wardrobe for many winters to come.
This hooded off duty staple has been a heavy weight in the coat department for many years and befriended many a casual wardrobe, but this season is making its way into the formal side of fashion too. Many city gents are choosing to don a quality parka with their fine tailoring and suits, elevating the coat into a new realm of urban smart.
Defined by its high side pockets and usually fur lined hood, the parka is a hardy all weather essential beating off blustery storms and keeping the chill at bay (especially the insulated down varieties), but never fails to look stylish to the max. Khaki green is classic parka territory, but black, navy and grey shades are becoming increasingly popular and will look great for weekend city breaks when a packed schedule calls for a versatile coat, smart or casual.
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The duffle coat
A duffle coat needn’t scream Paddington Bear, but look sartorially sharp and cutting edge. In fact, the duffle coat is so up to date and grown up that one of the male gender’s hippest personas of late, the ‘lumbersexual’, has made the duffle coat a go to winter essential for well dressed gents.
For anyone unsure, the lumbersexual has taken over from the metrosexual, and is a man of laidback ruggedness, who is both rustic and refined, likes to dress well (in plaid and denim mostly) and his most prominent feature his well-groomed mass of facial hair. So if you fall into this category, fancy joining the pack, or simply want a coat that will work across your wardrobe and add their air of cragged masculinity to your style, add a duffle coat to your winter line up. For a truly modern duffle look for unconventional fabrics, finishes and detailing.
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The pea coat
If it’s a dependable and enduring classic coat you are after, which will take from city to country and around the globe, it is the pea coat. Tracing its roots back to traditional naval uniforms, the pea coat is hard wearing yet sophisticated and this season’s modern twists bring it bang up to date for the contemporary man. A shearling collar is a stylish and warming addition, while leather detailing and contrasting buttons add unique character.
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The shearling coat
This is the forever coat for the truly modern man. The new and improved version of the 70s luxe classic is less bulky, yet without a doubt, still one of the warmest coats on the block and will last you a lifetime. For a more refined take on shearling’s rugged appeal, go for a grey or biscuit shade and a longer length. And if a full shearling jacket is just too bold a retro statement for you, then a shearling collared bomber jacket is equally as modern and stylish, just maybe not quite so warm.