4 fundamental factors to finding an overcoat

06 October 2017
4 fundamental factors to finding an overcoat
With winter fast approaching, it’s time to consider how you’ll be keeping yourself protected against the cold. While you can opt for thicker suit materials, smart sweaters, and accessories such as gloves and scarves, you’ll struggle to see out winter without the warmth and protection offered by a coat.
Now when it comes to wearing your suit with a coat, there’s a need to maintain your smart guise so you can’t afford to settle for any old anorak. Here are a few fundamentals to keep in mind when buying an overcoat.
The fabric of your coat is all important as this is what will help to protect you and your suit from the weather. It’s also important to consider its durability, if you’re likely to wear it on a daily basis and expect it to last for years then you’ll be wanting to ensure the fabric will be able to provide this.  If you’re looking to strike a balance between both warmth and durability then we’d recommend opting for a 100% wool fabric.
You also have the option of the likes of tweed and cashmere, however the latter, while offering a pleasantly soft finish, is likely to show signs of wear and tear around the cuffs because of its delicate nature sooner than wool.
Traditionally, overcoats have been known for being almost full length (reaching the ankles), however these days they’re often also worn at knee length. While there aren’t any rules in regards to which you should opt for, there are a few factors that could help you make your decision.
  • Full length coats can often be a little more forgiving on the figure and allow extra room for those of us who maybe aren’t as slim as we once were.
  • Full length coats also provide more warmth, however can be impractical when regularly sitting down, for example getting in and out of a car.
  • Knee length coats are better suited to shorter men and can help accentuate their height.
Yes fit, as with any item of clothing, can make all the difference. While you’ll need to ensure it fits appropriately from the regular areas you would with any other upper body item of clothing (such as the sleeves and torso), you’ll have to also leave an allowance to let you comfortably wear your suit jacket under it. This is why we always recommend you wear a suit jacket when trying on your overcoat or attending a fitting.
While there are a whole host of styling options that can differentiate overcoats, the 2 factors which have the biggest impact on both style and protecting you from the weather are the coat breast and the lapels. For example, a coat with a double-breasted front and wide notch lapels will offer slightly more warmth and also offer a look better suited to formal occasions. A single breast coat on the other hand is more likely to offer a greater deal of versatility with it easily being worn with both smart and smart-casual looks.
Final words
That should hopefully help to set you on your way to finding the perfect coat to protect yourself and your clothes through the winter while also ensuring you look your very best. If you can’t find what you’re after then feel free to get in touch and find out more about our tailored coats.
Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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