At this time of year, a good overcoat is the most important addition you can make to your wardrobe.
Here’s four ways to do it that are bang on trend for this season – without breaking the bank.
The Belted Greatcoat
It’s the winter version of summer’s pyjama top trend. Designed to be worn like a dressing gown, a good belted overcoat should have oversized lapels (to differentiate it from said dressing gown); be cut from a sumptuous fabric like a bouclé wool or alpaca-mix; and be worn over smarter items to prevent it from looking too laid-back. This style suits long, tall frames best as the beauty comes from the slight synch in the waist produced by the belt.
The Military-Influenced Outer Layer
Right now, high end military-style menswear can be seen in the multi-pocketed, oversized trench coats shown at Lanvin and the impeccably cut dress coats by McQueen. The easiest affordable way into the trend is with a classic army-green parka. Go for something in a light gabardine or cotton in autumn months and move to an example with a fur or quilted lining as the temperature cools down. For an unexpected look, team a double-breasted navy suit with a parka — the contrast is surprisingly good.
The Oversized Overcoat
The oversized overcoat has been doing the rounds for a few winters now but for autumn/winter 2016 the look has become more doable. Where last season sleeves were chimney-sized and shoulders dropped to the point of falling off, right now it’s about looking like your coat is just a little bit too big — like you’re wearing something your granddad might have passed down. Ideally go for one in a classic check or subtle houndstooth, ensuring it has a raglan sleeve, and wear with slouchy basics.
The Shearling Bomber Jacket
A good shearling number is a winter essential. If you don’t think you can go full football pundit, opt instead for a style that is chic and close-cut with a shearling lining or collar. This one from Marks & Spencer will work well with most outfits due to its muted shade. A shearling-lined parka will work just as well, as will a classic shearling car coat — the woollier, the better.