Cold weather means two things: One, you may occasionally need to stand inside the pub when consuming your post-work pint. And two, you're going to need a quality winter coat collection that will see you from work to weekend and back again.
Luckily, we've deduced that with just four types of coats in your arsenal, you should be set to handle every winter temperature and occasion. Of course, if you'd prefer to have multiple versions of each, even better. Who doesn't appreciate an overachiever?
Think Idris Elba in Luther or Daniel Craig in general life. An overcoat is warm, practical and if you choose the right fabric and pattern it'll give life and texture to any outfit. We're talking herringbone or houndstooth. Plus, you can add a scarf for that extra detective drama vibe without dampening your coat style.
The added beauty of the overcoat is that it works well over suits during the week (if your job requires you to be so formal) but paired with chelsea boots, jeans and a cotton crew neck jumper, it will elevate your dressed-down weekend look too.
Originating from the Dutch word 'pije' (which basically means a coat made from durable wool fabric), the peacoat became popular after it was adopted from the British navy to normal life. Keeping mariners warm for well over 150 years, this high collar classic probably has you covered when it comes to leisurely strolls and your work commute.
Embrace its versatility. Going to a formal event? Achieve peak sleek by pairing the colour of your jacket to a matching poloneck and tailored trousers. Feeling more casual? Pair with a chunky knit jumper, denim shirt or crew neck top. And if you want to break the mould, you could go with a longline version, also known as a double breasted bridge coat a la Spectre's James Bond for that same button formation with extra length.
The rise of the puffer jacket, or down jacket, came to its ascent back in the 1990s under rightful hip hop authority. For all its street credibility, your average adult man has often wondered how they can pull off the bulky michelin man silhouette. But, considering that this jacket can pretty much battle all the elements, we know you've been tempted.
The secret is to streamline everything else. Paired with slim jeans, boots, a roll neck - if it's particularly nippy, a cardigan on top - and balance will always be restored. Plus, if you go for a cropped puffer jacket, your options widen significantly. Think: hoodies, shirts, T-shirts, jumpers - and even a suit.
The military staple, once called the MA-1, was a typical pilot uniform but is now strictly the territory of the modern man. Contemporary cuts are now slim-fit and rarely made of leather as its predecessor once was, instead, being replaced with nylons and cottons. Nowadays, the only thing that lets you know a jacket is a bomber is its ribbed collar and cuffs. And, as they now come in a variety of colours and patterns, you'll want to keep the rest of your look neutral. Keep it relaxed with chinos or, even sweatpants, and pair with a jumper, trainers and a beanie for classy casual.
Don't dismiss the power of the bomber for formal occasions either as layered on top of slim trousers, cropped at the ankle and a shirt (all in natural tones) with brogues or dress shoes, and you can easily attend your mate's engagement dinner in one. Mix and match looks for smart casual and you'll see why Google searches for this particular style have upped 500% this year.
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