Overcoat season is well and truly underway with the freezing temperatures in London! If you haven’t invested in a high-quality overcoat yet, we’d recommend that you start looking because they are an essential piece in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe.
We take a look at three ‘off the beaten track’ overcoat styles which we think are perfect for this time of year, as well as being right on trend in the fashion world.
The Reefer coat
The name comes from sailors in the navy that worked midship whose job it was to ‘reef’ the sails. The name is also used to differentiate from another popular overcoat style the Peacoat as the Reefer is shorter in length.
The Reefer is a classic shape but with more functionality in our opinion, perfect for a walk to the pub or a wander around town, it’s got a feel of being more casual than your standard long overcoat.
A great layering piece for the winter, and if you get the right shape you can fit a great chunky knit jumper under it. You could try this style in a bold check or tartan to make it a feature piece of your wardrobe.
The Balmacaan Raglan coat
Balmacaan is a Scottish estate near Inverness, which is where this style of overcoat was first seen in the 19th centuary.
It is made for comfort and warmth in the damp Scottish winter. It’s an unstructured overcoat with a functional collar that can be turned up against the weather, it also has the distinctive feature of its raglan sleeves narrowing into the neck seam which allows ease of movement. This detail on an overcoat isn’t very common but definitely stands out, so if you are looking for something a bit different, this is the style we would recommend.
Maybe look for a hard-wearing tweed if you want the traditional countryside look. It will also suit other fabrics such as a thick flannels, perfect for everyday use.
The Car coat
An adaptation of the common field and country coat, the Car Coat has features such as three patch pockets, a drawcord waist, zipped front, concealed placket as a fly front as well as a contrast upper collar which is often a corduroy or suede.
It’s much more everyday than your straight forward long overcoat as the car coat is designed for practicality and warmth. It would look great in a check or tartan as well as tweed, melton or moleskin, that just depends on what kind of look you are going for.
Although we describe it as an everyday coat the car coat can definitely look good over your tailored suit just as much as it is great styled over jeans and knitwear for trips to the pub.
Feel free to speak to one of our tailoring consultants about your overcoat needs and what style and fabric you might be interested in.