Every Man Essentials: Outerwear
We’ve covered the basics of what to wear, but what about what to wear outside in colder weather? Number eight on my Every Man Essentials list is proper outerwear. Gone are the days of being twelve years old and wearing a track jacket or zip-up windbreaker, and if you’re still doing this and think it’s acceptable, think again. Real men wear real coats. From the peacoat to the classic topcoat, gentlemen, take note of these overcoat options.
1. J.Crew Authentic Wool Peacoat ($255, J.Crew): Everything about this J.Crew Authentic Peacoat screams ‘essential’! From the flip-up collar with a tab-fastening closure to the buttons with an anchor stamp, this coat is one you’ll wear every winter. Available in black, navy, and charcoal, this peacoat has a super-warm lining that adds extra warmth to super-soft wool.
2. DH3 Wool Peacoat ($199, Mark’s Work Wearhouse): The tab detailing on each sleeve make this basic stand out. A six button closure and angled welt pockets are peacoat staples that every man will appreciate. Available in black, this is a great buy from Mark’s, and one you’ll wear for multiple winter seasons.
3. *J.Crew Mayfair Wool-Cashmere Topcoat ($375, J.Crew): I love it when J.Crew takes a timeless design and adds a few modern touches. Their Mayfair topcoat has more of a trim fit, cleaner cut lapels, and an exterior ticket pocket. It’s available in four colours (check the camel — a classic hue!) and has an absolutely divine cashmere-wool blend. Warm and wearable, this impressive overcoat will complete your look.
4. Boulevard Club®/MD Melton Balmacaan Coat (about $150, Sears): What’s a balmacaan coat, you ask? A balmacaan coat is a loose-fitting overcoat with raglan sleeves. It’s more of an everyday, wear over your business attire coat. This version from Sears has a cozy wool melton outershell and satin polyester lining. An outerwear basic, this coat has two exterior and two interior pockets.
[*I’m often asked by men if they should buy a car coat or a topcoat, and my preference for the Every Man is a topcoat. For the record, I’m featuring a topcoat as a proper overcoat option because it’ s dressier by design and more versatile than a plain car coat. What’s the difference is between a topcoat and a car coat? A topcoat always has a hidden button front, button cuffs, and a centre back vent. A car coat has exposed front buttons, plain cuffs, and no back vent. And a car coat can’t really be dressed up.]