A Suits Best Friend: The Coat
If you live in an area with seasons, you are probably picking up all the signs of winter by now; the chilly mornings, leaves changing color, pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks and increased coat presence out on the streets. This is the time to think coats or a form of covering for that thin suit you’re wearing. Some of the choices are pretty obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher course on a few warm and chic coat choices.
First up, is the traditional overcoat. Classic in design, it is a safe choice for keeping warm and adding layers to your outfit. Commonly found in cashmere and wool, the latter is recommended over the other. The cashmere material is soft to the touch and quite warm, however it isn’t as durable as the wool and rather unappealing when it starts to show wear. If you plan on keeping your overcoat for a prolonged period of time, go with the wool.
Made popular by navy sailors, the classic peacoat is a chic choice for a jacket. Worn over a suit, it provides that extra bit of layering and color. Also found in cashmere and wool, the traditional peacoat has large lapels, two adjacent column of buttons and two vertical pockets on opposite sides.
Worn over the suit, the downvest provides a casual look that is gaining in popularity. Worn over a navy blazer, a brown vest adds a subtle splash of color that is perfect for the fall/winter season.
With its often cone shaped buckles adorning the front of this jacket, the Duffle Coat is a rather popular choice. But when worn over the coat, it offers that extra bit of warmth, comfort and chic styling. Much like the overcoat and the peacoat, it is an almost timeless design that simply works every fall/winter.
Now this next one isn’t a jacket per se, but it plays a similar role. If you’re thinking of upping your dapper level, a cape over a suit is the answer. Functional and stylish, the cape is sure to turn heads and make an impression for any occasion.