The best overcoats
A traditional full length overcoat is most appropriate to wear with a suit, although it can add an elegant – and warm – layer to a woolen dress down sweater worn with your best jeans and boots. A mostly wool single-breasted overcoat, knee-length or longer, is a good place to start before upgrading to more complex overcoats such as the Chesterfield, covert coat, guards coat or paletot.
When it comes to color, a neutral shade like black, navy blue, olive, brown or gray is always a safe choice. These colors are versatile and can be easily combined with a variety of outfits. If you want to add a splash of color to your wardrobe, consider an overcoat in a bold shade like red or forest green. Just be aware of the formality of the occasion and choose a color that is appropriate.
Another important factor to consider when buying an overcoat is the type of closure. A single-breasted overcoat with buttons is a classic choice that can be dressed up or down. A double-breasted overcoat with buttons is a more formal option that exudes sophistication. An inner bib with zip closure can be a practical choice for an overcoat to be worn in wet or cold weather.
In terms of length, a knee-length or longer overcoat is a good choice for formal occasions, while a shorter overcoat can be worn more casually. The length of the overcoat should also be determined by your personal style and body type. If you are tall, a longer overcoat may be more flattering, while a shorter overcoat may be more suitable for those who are not.