It has been awhile huh? Hope everyone is doing well and healthy. It is crazy to believe that 2014 is coming to an end in just a few hours. With that I believe I should make my last style post of 2014.
This year for me has become the year of topcoats. I love myself a good topcoat that is perfect to withstand the cold while looking stylish. When it is cold outside, the only acceptable outerwear is a topcoat. I love to style my topcoat causally by playing it with layers. A simple layering for me is my shirt and sweaters. The key for me to a killer outfit is the shoe. One of my favorite purchases for the buck is this Faux Leather Derby Shoes by 21men.
When buying a topcoat a few things to remember are fit, style, and construction.
Fit: First thing with a topcoat or any coat is to make sure that it fits you perfectly. Whether you are wearing it with a suit or play it with layering. The coat must hug you like you have never been hugged before.
Some men like a looser fit while younger men often prefer a trimmer fit. However, if you see X-wrinkles when buttoning your overcoat, it is definitely too tight.
Style: With regards to style it is once again up to you what you choose. 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: High-quality coats have a sewn canvas, whereas less expensive overcoats have a fused canvas. A sewn canvas is definitely more durable and built to last whereas a poorly glued interlining can come loose after a few years, ruining the garment. If money is of no concern to you, go with a fully canvassed overcoat. If not, try to buy fully canvassed suits and go with a glued overcoat. Unlike with a suit, a glued canvas overcoat is acceptable since it is cut looser and you wear it less frequently.
In summary, a well-fitted classic overcoat is a smart investment you’ll get thousands of wears out of them.