4 Hottest Looking Coats
No matter the weather, there are coats for men that will raise an ensemble from ‘threw it on because I was running late’ to ‘hot, stylish, trend-conscious individual’ without any more effort than it takes to lift it off the hanger.
Good Leather Jacket
A leather jacket is the bedrock to every wardrobe but, rather than choosing a fitted design, pick a classic cut that is loose enough to be worn with a hoodie, a jumper, or even just a plain tee. The beauty of a good leather jacket is that it improves with age, which means that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime investment to be treasured instead of a trend-piece to be seasonally replaced. Take a leaf out of Beckham’s book (or channel James Dean) and wear it with jeans and boots for casual masculinity.
Merino Wool Or Fleece Hoodies
Hatch, match and dispatch – a crisp, wool, knee-length Crombie can be worn to any important occasion. Choose dark grey or black to make sure that the collective palette is fittingly formal, and consider buying a lightweight trench coat for the spring and summer months when wool is just too warm to wear. A nice smart/casual look involves a round-neck white tee and merino wool or fleece hoodies over jeans, topped off with this iconic design staple, but think well-funded post grad instead of starving student to make sure that your choice appears purposeful rather than penurious.
Pea Coats Or Reefer Jackets
Pea coats or reefer jackets are the hip-length, more casual versions of the Crombie that can be used on any day that doesn’t come with a dress code. Again, choose dark colours and well-cut designs that are loose enough to take a number of layers underneath. Double breasted with large buttons is the way to go here, but try to avoid toggle fastenings as they will date the jacket rapidly and run the risk of making you look like Paddington Bear. That’s not to say that a duffle coat doesn’t have its place, but for timeless, effortless, grown-up style choices that age gracefully, a reefer or pea is the most cost-effective investment.
A Linen Or Light Wool Blazer
A linen or light wool blazer is an excellent choice for cool weather cover-ups. Although fashion trends seem to fluctuate between eye-wateringly bright and half-suit bland at the moment, it is possible – with a bit of careful consideration – to find a blazer that offers a cross seasonal balance between fashion victim and aficionado. Always go for a fully lined version to help with fit and hang, and don’t be afraid to consider stripes and light checks to add some interest to the fabric. Nevertheless, if you are hoping to make your blazer the finishing touch rather than the focal point of an outfit, stick to complimentary colours and neutral palettes so that the overall theme is effortlessly achieved.
Coats for men should be considered as important a factor as jeans or footwear. Outwear is often considered only on a practical basis and even then as an afterthought; one-style-fits-nothing, you might say. But, by stocking your coat rack with a well-thought-out selection of coats and jackets, you can guarantee the perfect finishing touch to every outfit.
Candy Cane is a freelance journalist and blogger who routinely steals her partner’s coats to make style statements with her own wardrobe.