Winter is a tricky time when you are required to wear a suit for work. An overcoat looks fantastic with a suit but, equally, you do not want to have to wear the same coat every single day of the week. Not only this, but an overcoat is not ideal if it is raining which means that you either have to take an umbrella or get wet.
Although it may not seem like it, there are actually a few alternatives that are worth considering.
Choosing a Coat
The main aspect to consider when shopping for a coat to wear over your suit is if the coat will look right and this will depend on the type and colour of your suit. There are actually a handful of jackets and coats that can look smart with a range of suit types. The key is to think about colour – generally speaking, black, blue or grey is the way to go when it comes to smart coats.
A trench coat is one good option as this will look smart and stylish but it is also lightweight, waterproof and windproof. The only downside to a trench coat during winter is that it will not provide much warmth so you are better off with another type for those particularly chilly days. Perhaps the best option for these times is a waxed jacket. Waxed jackets are timeless and can work well when paired with a suit especially if you opt for an elegant, modest style of waxed jacket like the ones available from Belstaff. These jackets are built for comfort in cold and wet conditions so you can be sure that it is well suited to a commute too and from work.
When it comes to choosing a coat to wear with your suit, you need to think carefully about the size as it will need to be just right in order to look smart and be comfortable. This can be hard to determine so it is a good idea to try a few coats on with your suit already on so that you know what to expect. You should also walk around in the coat and try a few motions like you would on your commute (reaching up for a handle on the tube, crossing your arms etc). This will help to determine whether or not it is a practical option.
While an overcoat is the obvious choice for a coat to wear over a suit, it is not the only choice as you cannot go wrong with a trench coat or waxed jacket which could be more practical on those particularly wintery mornings. As with any type of clothing, sizing will be crucial and you need to make sure that it is both stylish and practical too.