Winter is here for the year, and what every man needs is a good overcoat! It’s not a garment you consider during the warmer months, but come the cold, wet days and dark evenings, it’s the one item in your wardrobe you’ll be thankful you bought! There are plenty of different types and styles of overcoat for men, so here we take a look at a few of the most popular and stylish.
This smart, military-style overcoat is a favourite for men looking for a smart-casual vibe, and you can find them in a wide range of different colours. It’s a minimalist look that is also very neat and tidy, and paired with jeans and a pair of casual shoes, looks the part in any situation. Warm, comfortable and versatile, this is among our top picks for winter coats for men.
Similar in style in some ways to the above, but perhaps more formal and less attractive to the younger generation is the traditional wool overcoat. Yet, you shouldn’t write it off: this type of warm, protective and very comfortable coat is back in style – check out the many different colour variations you can find in the modern version – and wool is the perfect insulation for cold and wet evenings.
The Traditional Raincoat
We’ve grouped a few types of coat together under the raincoat term, as they all serve the same purpose: to protect you against the winter rain when out and about, keeping the clothes underneath perfectly dry. Materials range from rubber to plastic, through fabrics of many kinds that have waterproof qualities, yet the style – simple, full-length and with an overlap – remains the same, and for good reason. A raincoat or mac works, and it’s something you will definitely use.
You may be surprised at the number of different options when it comes to raincoats – for example check this website and you’ll find some interesting choices – but the Parka is one that will always be at the top of the sales lists. Designed to be fully protective with a fur – usually faux fur these days – lined hood for added warmth and comfort, the parka is actually a style that will always be in, and one that has its place in men’s fashion throughout the 20th century right up to now.
Do you fancy the country gent look? It’s very much in vogue at the moment, and the way to do it best is a wax jacket! But, it’s not just about the look; the wax jacket is a very impressive garment that does the job it is designed to – keep you warm and protected from the elements – very well, and also one that is durable and will last a long time. If you want something a bit different, this could be the way forward, and there are many great brands to choose from that suggest a degree of style.
An undeniable winter fashion statement – but one that you might have overlooked – is the duffle coat, that kingpin of the overcoat world. Made from wool and fitted with the toggle catches that are as iconic as the coat itself, a good duffle coat is a very, very stylish item and one that will also do the job it’s designed for, and do it very well. Keep the colour understated and make sure you have a three-quarter length example, and you can’t go wrong.
Designed for wear by army officers in World War 1, the trench coat has never left us, and that’s because it is a classic, timeless design that offers fantastic protection and comfort. Stylish and easy to pair with both formal and informal outfits (see here), a trench coat may just be the ultimate in traditional outerwear, and is another on this list we reckon is essential.
There are many more choices when it comes to overcoats that you could look at – the traditional anorak, for example, is one that springs to mind – but if you want to combine style and practicality and have a coat that you can wear any time, one of the above will be your friend when the cold and wet nights start to become more frequent.