6 Dos and Don’t of the Overcoat

September 1, 2020 4:13 pm


There is a lot to be said about the fashionable yet functional overcoat. The right overcoat can turn you into a cool sophisticate, oozing with style and elegance. Unfortunately, the wrong overcoat can quickly reverse this, leaving you uncomfortable and looking a little less than stylish.

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There are so many kinds of overcoats, such as Farah jackets, trench coats or covert coats, and all have their advantages. There are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to the overcoat, so read on and you too could look the epitome of cool this winter.

1. The Right Fit

An overcoat isn’t only a garment to keep you warm. A coat that is the right fit can also make you appear taller by streamlining your silhouette, making you look broader in the shoulders. For example, Farah jackets are a stylish option in overcoat form but can quickly overpower your frame if too large. You can always get fitted for your coat or take your own measurements to ensure you get the perfect fit.

2. The Right Length

Make sure don’t go too long with your overcoat unless you are well over six feet. It will shorten your body by inches. Knee length is ideal to avoid looking like you’re drowning in your own coat.

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3. Variety

There is no need to only stick with black! It can be very predictable and actually shows dirt. These days there are wonderful tweeds in a variety of colours and weights.

4. Au Natural

Always opt for natural fibres – tweeds and wools. They are not only more practical to keep you warmer, but they also look better in general.

5. No Zips Please

Never, ever go for an overcoat with a zip. An overcoat just should not have a zip!

6. Double Breast Is the Best

Double-breasted coats are extremely chic. For the perfect country gentleman look, all you need to do is add a tweed cap.

So remember: keep it knee length and get the best quality possible in a natural fibre. Forget the black and go for camel or tweed. Double-breasted is extra stylish, and don’t go too bulky if you’re not very tall. There you have it. You can now be the stylish man about town or the cool country gentleman. To top it all off, you’re sure to keep extra warm all winter long!