A huge decision – which coat to get for autumn and winter.
This is the key piece in any man’s wardrobe in the colder months, and versatility is critical. Whether you’re walking in the countryside, seeing mates in the pub or commuting to work, your coat needs to remain suitably chic.
As the weather turns here in the UK, bitterly cold mornings and freezing nights are upon us, so I’ve outlined some options that fit a variety of scenarios.
1. Superdry military jacket
What I love most about this coat is the collar, which just grazes the bottom of my ears, offering a cool, mysterious look. I also adore its subtle, slightly unusual shade of green which makes it stand out next to a normal green parka. Finally, the coat isn’t too chunky, so it’s ideal to layer with this winter.
2. Selected Homme wool overcoat
The above coat was initially bought as a piece for a good friend’s October wedding last year… But it quickly turned into my go-to-coat for all sorts of occasions and everyday wear.
The key to this coat is its fit and its quality. The wool fibre has an elasticity to it, which hugs the body, giving a flawless fit. The sleeve-length is another crucial aspect to your winter coat, and you want the sleeve to stop an inch or two above the start of your hand.
Style Tip:- Try to invest in quality materials as they will last, meaning you can build up your coat collection slowly but surely over time.
3. Vintage sheepskin sherpa
Sherpa jackets are super-popular this season, and you can pick one up in most high-street stores such as Topman or Urban Outfitters – or check out vintage stores for something slightly different.
The shorter fit gives a more caj feel compared to the longer coats, so this can be ideal for going to meet your mates for a drink or nipping out to the shop on a Saturday morning. To complete the look and add some chic (giving your best James Dean impersonation), flick the collar.
4. American Apparel drawstring coat
I love the cream colour of this coat, making it stand out from the neutral grey and black coats. Let your winter coat make a statement – don’t be afraid to stand out – even if it is only through a slightly unusual colour. I also like the drawstring waist of the coat which gives a snugger fit compared to many overcoats. This can be ideal if you have a slight figure, and don’t want the coat to drown you.
One reason this coat won’t be coming out of my wardrobe as much as the others this winter is because of its slightly-too-large fit. As I’ve emphasised before, fit is the crucial aspect to any garment and, in this case, the coat seems to be wearing me rather than the other way around.
Style Tip:- The fit of the coat is all important. Firstly check the fit, then the style, colour and functionality.
I’ll be back again soon with more options for the colder seasons, so watch this space!
Other pieces worn in shoot: Blue turtleneck jumper from Next / Pitney brogues from Clarks / Slim-fit trousers from Next
All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen