Gentlemans’ Outerwear: The Tailored Topcoat
November 14th, 2013
There’s nothing more bossy and gentlemanly than a tailored topcoat.
Here are some of my favorites from the Articles of Style archives to get you thinking about looking sharp this season.
This is a lightweight jacket that I wear through the Spring and Fall. With a fur scarf (see how I made my own from an old coat here) and a cashmere sweater I can stretch it long into the winter and feel extra cozy. It’s trim through the sleeves with high armholes, which makes for a sharp silhouette.
2. Camel Hair
Camel hair doesn’t have to be camel colored. This one from Brooks Brothers Black Fleece is super soft and super warm. Also love the classic Americana touch of the gold buttons, and the surgeon’s cuffs.
3. Classic Wool
The camel coat is a menswear staple that will never go out of style. Who better to show you how to rock a classic menswear staple than our in-house classicist Towni. Here he shows you three ways to wear it.
Moleskin is one of those fabric that you can’t truly appreciate until you’ve worn it for a while. It’s hard to explain the rugged beauty of this fabric which only gets better over time, much like your favorite corduroys. From “Unexpected Layering, pt II“.
A midnight blue or black double-breasted overcoat is one of the most formal pieces of outerwear you can buy. It’s classy, elegant and sharp enough to cover your best tuxedo. I actually designed this one with a midnight blue body, black sleeves and black lapels – the subtlety is what I love about it.
6. Transform It With A Simple Accessory
This is another lightweight cotton topcoat (I’m a huge fan of lightweight outerwear) but I can winterize it with a heavyweight tweed suit and a vintage fur collar – which completely transforms the look and feel of the coat. Don’t be afraid to get regal with it. You’re a grown man, dress like it.
How should a Topcoat Fit? Should I size up to fit a jacket or sweater underneath?
NO. Buy it in your size. There should be just enough room built-in for a suit jacket or chunky sweater underneath. It’s okay if it’s a hair snug on top of a suit or blazer, this way it won’t look oversized without a bulky layer underneath. When shopping, make sure to try it on with and without a blazer (preferably one of yours that fits properly). Pay close attention to the shoulders – saggy shoulders can kill a coat.
Where can I buy one (that won’t destroy my bank account)?
My favorite places for sleek, tailored topcoats at reasonable prices are: Reiss, J.Crew, Suit Supply, Club Monaco, Massimo Dutti, and Zara. Of course, if you’re crafty, you can probably find something higher quality in a similar price range at your local consignment or second-hand shop (don’t forget to factor in tailoring costs) or the magical world of eBay (make sure to know your garment measurements).
Thanks, as always, for reading. Great content coming up!
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.