Fleece coats from The North Face may be great for a camping trip or outdoor activities, but when it comes to a night out, special occasion or any type of business – overcoats are the only thing you should be covering yourself with, especially if you wear a suit.
Overcoats are usually divided into 3 categories:
- An overcoat is a long coat with sleeves that is worn on top of something else.
- A topcoat is a lightweight overcoat.
- A greatcoat is a heavy, bulky overcoat with a military history.
First and foremost, a good overcoat should keep you warm, fit you well and make you look great. But there are plenty of details to look for when getting your bespoke overcoat:
Fabric: Wool overcoats tend to be more durable, have longer wear and look more professional, which makes it ideal if you’re planning to use it daily for work, school or just getting around. Cashmere overcoats are usually softer, lighter and also fancier – a great pick for any dress code event from dinners to galas and weddings. You can always compromise by choosing a wool cashmere blend fabric, creating an overcoat featuring all characteristics depending on the proportions.
Sleeves: The coat sleeves should completely cover the suit sleeve as well as the shirt cuff, and even reach a little further down. This way, you should not get cold on your wrists when you wear gloves with it.
Length: Traditionally, overcoats were rather long-reaching garments, extending almost all the way to the ankles. These full-length coats are often the coat of choice for seasoned gentlemen as they can compliment a wide range of figures. Today, most younger men wear their coats knee-length, which is anywhere between the lower part of the knee to slightly above. It’s also a convenient option if you find yourself on the move a lot.
Fit: Some men like a looser fit while younger men often prefer a trimmer fit. Regardless, it is important to keep in mind that overcoats are called that for a reason – their meant to be worn on something.
Style: The single-breasted overcoat with notched lapel is a good all-a-rounder whereas the double-breasted peak lapel overcoat is a little more formal and wears warmer when it is cold because you have two layers of fabric over your chest.
Construction: A fully canvassed overcoat tends to be warmer and more durable, though some men prefer half canvas or no interlining at all depending on the climate or just the season, as well as the occasion or simply their style preference.
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