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Not F*cking Around Coats

January 28th, 2013

We’ve been doing plenty of “heavy fabrics and layering instead of big coats” lately, but then Old Man Winter came through and put an abrupt end to that sh-t.

It’s now officially freezing cold in NYC. The type of cold that calls for a winter suit and a monster coat.

Here are three of my go-to “not f-cking around” winter coats.

    1. Vintage Military Parka

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    I’m a big fan of combining something new, like this bespoke suit, with something old, like this military parka.

    I found this coat at a vintage store a couple years ago and had my tailor Franklin slim it down through the body and sleeves. It’s an absolute beast. Weighs probably 10 pounds. Like most clothing manufactured for the military, it’s built to last through the harshest of conditions.


    My favorite detail on this jacket is the hood zipper, which allows me to change the coat’s silhouette. Unzipped, the shearling-lined hood lays flat over the upper back (see above). Zipped, the hood takes a more functional shape (see below).

    Typically, I try not to a wear knit hats with a suited look because they tend to squash and ruin my hairstyle. A hood is nice because it can protect your head and face from the elements without the hard compression of a beanie. Once I get inside I can just run my fingers through my hair and the ‘do’ comes back to life.

    On another note, light grey and brown is an underrated color combination.


    In the winter, good suits deserve good boots.


    • Vintage olive parka
    • Light grey wool suit jacket
    • Grey stripe contrast collar shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • Brown wool tie Vintage
    • Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard
    • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

    2. That 70s Coat


    The 70’s are back baby!

    This is the warmest overcoat I own. A super-wide-wale corduroy with a heavy quilted lining and goat hair trim. It’s so warm that with a hat and scarf I’m at risk of sweating on an average winter day.

    Over a double-breasted flannel suit, it’s nice and cozy.



    Similar to a classic camel overcoat, the neutral color of this piece allows for a nice contrast over a dark suit.


    I’ve had these wingtips since my junior year of college (when I was a hardcore eBay hustler and traded for them on the cheap).

    More than 5 years later they’re looking and feeling better than ever. That’s why you invest $300+ (or put in the time to seek out a good deal) for a well-made pair of shoes.


    3. Straight Cash-Mere

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    I designed this cashmere overcoat earlier this season as a classy, wearable piece with a slight twist.

    It has a midnight blue body, black lapels, black sleeves and a black velvet collar. The contrasts are purposely very subtle.

    The length of this overcoat, hitting a few inches above the knee, allows it to work equally well over a suit as it does with a casual look. With that said, I recently placed an order for a mid-calf-length camelhair topcoat. The full length coat is mature, bossy and on its way “back”, in my opinion.


    As I touched on in look 1, keeping your head warm without messing up the hair can be tricky.

    These wrap-around ear muffs, $5 from an NYC street stand, are very handy. They’re discreet and surprisingly warm.


    Wool knit ties are to the Winter what silk knit ties are to the Summer.



    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • Alex

      That corduroy overcoat by D&B, lustworthy…

    • Anonymous

      I love it.it’s so warm.good.

    • Tom

      Ha! Coat #2 is now mine!

    • James Henry

      Impeccable outwear here Dan.

      Kudos on the savvy, modern title post! Ha.

      Always worth the read and greatly inspiring.

    • Joe

      Holy goat! killer coat in second set. I found a killer coat once thrifting, but had to give it away when I gained weight years ago. The happy/unhappy ending is that I’ve lost a lot of the weight and could probably fit it now, but alas the coat is gone.

    • Jourdan

      Love all the looks and especially those black leather wingtips!

    • cam

      dan, on point as usual. that DG coat can be turned inside out and double as a throw rug! Haha

    • LouCaves

      Dan (or anyone reading the comments), regarding the coat in Look 1: do you know what the buttons’ function is on the zipped hood? As a kid I had a coat with a similar hood with snap-buttons; never knew why they were there.

    • http://averagemanfitnessandstyle@blogspot.ca AverageMan

      amazing coats, really love the parka.

    • Paul

      Love all the looks, but that last coat is AMAZING! I’ve been pondering heading to a custom suit shop I know to get a blazer made with contrasting sleeves, so this is good food for thought.

      Thanks as always for the inspiration.

    • Jordan

      Dan, fresh as usual, but that 2nd coat…WOW, please drop some info on that my man. That is perhaps the most swagged out piece you have in your winter wardrobe! At least from what you have put on here…flawless…

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Jordan. We have some really good heavy-winter gear coming up.

        Check lower in the comments for a little backstory on the D&G cord piece.


        • TimL

          Yeah, I love a good winter coat.
          Would like to see some more varieties.
          Love coat # 2 and 3.

          Great post Dan… thanks!

    • John

      The military green coat looks like something I’d see the ESL kids here in Vancouver wearing. Definitely not professional, if that’s the look you were going for. A Burberry or Tom Ford would be much better suited.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        The contrast is what I like about the look. Comparing a vintage parka with a Tom Ford overcoat is just silly.

        Thx for reading.

      • Michael

        My gut tells me I should be totally offended by your ‘ESL kids’ comment, unless I totally misunderstood your intention.

        • Jack

          English as a Second Language? Offended because of ostensible xenophobia?

          • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

            Is it ostensible? I can’t really tell? It maybe seems like John is saying that the people who don’t speak English as their first language wear less dressy jackets over their suits. Not sure if that’s what he’s trying to say, or if it’s offensive either way. In any case I really wish I spoke another language. I’m trying to teach myself Spanish at the moment but, no está funcionando muy bien.

    • Brian

      Holy. Crap. That second coat is amazing!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        It’s a beast. Thanks player.

    • John

      That camel coat is one of the best I’ve ever seen!

      I like the parka over suit/jacket look too! It’s a stylish and less formal way to stay warm!

    • Shawn

      Absolutely love the look #2. The vintage coat, the dope double breasted suit paired with a colorful shirt and some nice shoes, golden! I also love the tie in look #3! Keep up the good work!

    • VB

      Its been cold as balls here in NS as well. I admit I have been lazy just wearing my “Patagucci” down jacket without giving it a second thought, it time I bring my game back up to snuff. Thanks for the inspiration.


      That green military coat is killer.

    • Harvey

      Damn that Dolce & Gabbana coat is absolutely beautiful. Did you recently buy this? I don’t recall it being featured before.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        A friend gave it to me a couple years ago after losing a bunch of weight post hockey career.

        He bought it sometime in the late 90s to stay warm traveling to games – in proper game-day dress code, of course.


        • Jordan

          man, great come up. Good info, always good to have some history! Still in awe my man