It Might Be Time To Buy A Coat -
Here Are The Top 5 We'd Recommend
September 16 2019 by Esther Newman
With coat weather on its way, we’ve
rounded up Autumn/Winter 2019’s top outerwear trends and our best styling tips.
This is your cheat sheet to looking cool whilst staying warm.
Summer may be trying to have its last laugh, thanks to the glorious Indian sun days we’ve had recently, but if like me you’re shivering on your early morning commute, it's time to invest in a new season coat. After all, before you know it the trees will be bare, you’ll have to arm yourself with de-icer every morning and they’ll start playing Christmas carols in the supermarket. Come the cold snap, would you rather be smugly buttoning up this season’s best double-breasted peacoat or fighting it out for the last vaguely warm jacket in your size? It’s a question that answers itself really.
As such, we’ve done all the hard work for you, rounding up this season’s top 5 coat trends and the best options on the market. There’s something here for everyone, from sporty puffer jackets that will look just as cool on your 8.15 am train as it does on the slopes, to classic trench coats and utility parkas.
The one thing all these coats have in common: they’re timeless designs sure to be just as on-trend next winter. Invest once in a good quality design and you’re set for years. This is not to say that your outerwear choices need to be boring; when the cold weather means that most outfits are covered up, a heritage print, hint of texture or bold silhouette can do wonders. Read on to learn more...
The Sporty Puffer
Once the premise of mountaineering, puffer jackets – also known as technical down jackets – have become a mainstay in men’s streetwear style thanks to their sporty associations and bold colours. A bright puffer can easily cheer up dull days and they are a great choice for casual weekends. For a more formal setting we advise looking for a puffer packed with lightweight down so it will keep you warm without feeling too bulky and a style with a stand-up collar.
The Trench Coat
Originally worn by soldiers in WWI, the trench coat has since garnered a reputation as a classic outerwear choice, favoured by city workers, famed detectives and the aristocracy. Wearers cut a traditionally masculine figure – think broad shoulders due to the broad lapels – and the trench fits easily over a suit, so the style has often been considered too formal a choice for everyday wear. Thanks to the popularity of the trench coat in men’s fashion (most notably Christopher Bailey’s tenure at Burberry), the trench coat has become a popular streetstyle choice too, worn with casual looks, including sportswear – A$AP Rocky, Harry Styles and Idris Elba are fans.
The Double-Breasted Overcoat
This one’s another classic coat style and has become popular for its versatility, looking just as good with tailored trousers and polished oxford shoes as it does when sharpening up jeans and beat-up Converse. A well-tailored cut, when buttoned-up, works to broaden your frame – look for interesting details such as buttons or exaggerated lapels and modern reworkings of heritage prints to add personality to your outfits. We also advise you opt for a slightly oversized style so you can layer with chunky knits come winter.
The Utility Parka
First a favourite of Mods in the 1960s and then a trademark of ‘90s Britpop, the utility parka jacket has long had associations with the coolest of pop culture. Today the look is less exaggerated; less Gallagher brother in an oversized style down to the knees. Look for a slim-fitting cut with minimal fuss – flap pockets, bound seams and a simple funnel neck – and wear with a similarly unfussy bottom half.
The Shearling Jacket
Whether you want to serve modern-day ‘70s aviator vibes or cosy mountain lumberjack, there’s a shearling jacket for you. Shearling is one of the warmest materials so its great for staying toasty. A full shearling jacket can be pricey though; opt for a shearling collared jacket to cut costs. We love the look of a shearling jacket layered over a turtleneck and buttoned-up plaid shirt with straight-leg denim, or paired with a sporty hoodie, casual trousers and trainers.