Winter is coming as Jon Snow states ad infinitum. Winter means overcoat time and a chance to wear one of the most masculine of clothing items. It’s hard to look anything but the Don in a well-fitting overcoat, but here are a few of the ways I wear it this time of year-
Denim up top and down low is pretty hot just now. A great look when the denim itself becomes a neutral palate for your coat. The denim is purely a backdrop for your stylish outerwear (yes, indeed that fancy description for coats and jackets these days). Stick on a pair of boots and you have a perfect weekend look on the go
The out and about look
Casual look with a hint of “this day may develop into an unexpectedly interesting one.” Yep. Chances are it won’t as you have the kids with you and the mortgage is due on Monday, but we can all dream. This look is a decent shirt, smart enough jeans and good sneakers thrown together with a coat giving it a bit of swarthy class. It could take you into the wee small hours should the need arise. If it doesn’t you have my assurances that you will look good wherever the day may take you.
Working and impressing
Where you get one of your best work shirts (I try and reserve mine for a Friday to make me feel good), a smart tie and trousers and put it together with overcoat and decent shoes or boots. You can then make an entrance in the morning and swagger out at end of day with a 5 star style rating. Looks good if post-work drinks are on the cards as well. I find ordering at a bar in an overcoat momentarily turns me into Don Draper (in my own head only unfortunately).
Wear it with attitude
This entails having your collar of your overcoat up. This maybe a style statement or simply functional to avoid the skin-stripping Arctic chill. However, it does portray a brooding masculinity and a lot of cool guys have had the collars up as a statement of intent over the years. Here’s looking at you Brando, Dean, Cash and the rest. So, you are in good company. Hands in the pockets is a nice finishing touch.
With a semi-superfluous scarf
I am a huge fan of scarves and I maintain that they are criminally under-utilised by men as a style accessory. Due to the nature of overcoats being open below the neck, they are especially useful here. A scarf will certainly smarten up the overall outfit here as well. It also gives you potentially two outfits with a warm one for outdoors and when the coat and scarf is taken off you could well be in jeans and t-shirt for indoor pursuits. On a milder day a scarf can still be worn with the coat open. Trust me the scarf works big time in your favour.
Thanks for reading & stay stylish!