Smooth Operator: The Casual Topcoat

December 7th, 2015

At Articles of Style we believe in quality over quantity. We work directly with each of our clients to curate long-term wardrobes that are properly tailored for their unique body type and meticulously crafted to last the test of time.

No single design embodies our philosophy of versatility and interchangeability better than our American-made topcoat. It’s a timeless and flattering style that works just as well over a bespoke suit as it does with a t-shirt and jeans. Consider it an everyday coat, for the gentleman who dresses with style and class every day.

Here our long-time friend Westley Dimagiba shows us the versatility of a tailored topcoat.

One-Coat Winter

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A wardrobe-boosting overcoat should be cut with just enough room to fit comfortably over a suit jacket or sportcoat, but also trim enough to look suave with only a sweater and jeans, like Wes here. To learn more about how a topcoat should fit, check out our Menswear 101 series by searching AOS for “How It Should Fit”.

The proportions can be tricky to balance and should be carefully reviewed by your tailor, because once you get it right, you shouldn’t need to invest in another coat for a few years. Our goal, as always, is to help you develop lasting memories with your investment pieces.

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On another note, if you’ve been in a styling rut lately, maybe think about doing less. Try sticking to a monochromatic color palette, for example, something like all navy everything.

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Our custom topcoats are crafted with all the hallmarks of quality you’d expect from a garment made in America’s most historical tailoring factory; soft natural shoulders, real chest canvasses, high armholes, working sleeve buttonholes, etc.

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  • Navy scarf Vintage ·
  • Navy cable knit sweater by Gant ·
  • Sunglasses (in pocket) by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Jeans by BLK DNM ·
  • Brown Leather Dalton Boot by Allen Edmonds
  • · Midnight Wool Coat by Articles of Style

Midnight Wool Coat

Tweed in the City

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There’s nothing quite like the ruggedness of genuine Harris Tweed imported form Scotland. There’s a reason you always find those 50-year-old tweed sportcoats hanging in vintage stores – the fabric is virtually indestructible.

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I love the cleanliness of a thin fitted turtleneck. There’s a beauty in its simplicity and straight-forward aesthetic. Psychologically it strips down and un-distracts the body from the complications of “fashion” and presents a man’s face on a cloth pedestal in a way that projects maturity, refinement, and confidence.

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I’m wearing the same midnight wool topcoat from look 1 here. It’s my favorite coat from our first collection and the only one I brought on my month-long trip back to the East Coat; NYC -> Boston -> Detroit -> Canada -> LA.

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The dressed-up version, click to see more detail:

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Houndstooth Tweed Coat

Casual Camel

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If you take a look through the history of menswear, you’ll see that the camel hair topcoat has always had its place on the backs of legendary gentleman of style.

And if you take a look through the streets of well-dressed cities like New York, Paris and London, you’ll see that camels are very much still pulling their weight.

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I usually recommend a topcoat in 3/4 length, hitting around mid-thigh.

The proper length (which can vary greatly depending on a client’s height) is a big factor in creating a versatile garment that you can wear day-in and day-out. That’s why it’s very important to have a tailor you trust, who understands your style and takes the time to review your individual body type.

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I should probably mention that our camel hair topcoat has been one of the best sellers since we launched AOS Tailoring. Unfortunately we only have enough fabric to make a few more coats (less than 5, actually). So if you’ve been thinking about adding this beauty to your wardrobe, it’s time to get started with your initial fitting.

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Classic Camel Hair Coat

Forest Tweed Trouser

Thanks, as always, for reading. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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