Choosing a men's overcoat is tricky – this article will help you navigate through the entire process.
With the season of winds, rains and snow standing right at the door, many professionals shall be looking for a good protection for themselves and their suits from the weather.
A man's overcoat is a traditional piece of clothing that has that particular designation.
An overcoat is essential in fall, winter and/or spring seasons depending on the longitude of your location.
Not only it provides you with a warm protection from unfavorable weather, but also helps create an additional notion of professionalism in the eyes of those around you.
Indeed, what else can be worn by a professional over a business suit? A wind-breaker or winter jacket? Give it a break!
By no means should a man who wants to be respected and treated as a real professional be wearing any of those!
One thing is worth remembering in such case – once you are fully dressed in outer garments whatever they are, your suit, tie and a shirt altogether do not matter any longer. What covers them however does.
Choosing An Overcoat
Generally, overcoats come in two lengths – full and ¾ of full length. As a rule, a full overcoat is dressier than a ¾ one, it will add manliness and reliability to your image. Hence, such overcoats are usually chosen by older men or taller men, for a full-length overcoat visually compensates for excessive height.
Apparently, a ¾ (of full length) overcoat is usually chosen by younger men and those who would like to look a bit more flashy. Such overcoat can extend anywhere in-between your knee and trousers' pockets.
The major issue about design is whether to choose a single- or a double-breasted overcoat. This type of overcoat is sometimes called a “military style”.
They are considered more sensitive to fashion styles, and thus cannot be recommended to those who plan on wearing the same overcoat for each of next few years.
For those choosing their one and only overcoat, it is better to turn to single-breasted overcoats. They usually come with three or four buttons and do not require being buttoned up (as their double-breasted counterparts do), which makes an overcoat more useful.
As for lapels, there are a number of different styles you can choose from – classic, longer or wide-spaced lapels.
Additionally, overcoats come with or without belt, selection of which is solely a matter of taste and body shape. Need not saying that if you are not slim enough, you probably would not like wearing a belt.
As with suits, overcoats in darker colors such as black, charcoal and navy blue are considered to be the most classic, formal and best fit for almost any garment and occasion. Another benefit of a darker overcoat – it hides dirt so you will not end up waiting all the time for your overcoat to be returned from drycleaner's.
At the same time, if you become tired of wearing the same murky colors day after day and can afford buying another overcoat, there is good news for you.
Camelhair is given a special treatment and an exemption from the rule of color matching due to a long-lasted addiction to it from aristocracy.
Overcoats come in a great variety of fabrics, but those worth considering for everyday use are wool and cashmere. While they both are pretty good, the latter is generally warmer and better looking, as well as more expensive.
Often you can find a blend of wool and cashmere, which combines best characteristics of wool (price) and cashmere (look and insulation).
Fit & Quality
There are other options, however if you decide to buy an overcoat from a store, make sure to try on it wearing a sweater or jacket underneath. The overcoat should be comfortable and should not restrict movement.
Make sure there are enough inner and outer pockets, and they are of a good size – those are very important and practicable issues of design. Examine the overcoat for any exposed linings, loose threads and buttons – those are signs of poor quality.
Buying An Overcoat
A good overcoat can cost a good deal of money; but it is a long-term investment and thus should be treated accordingly. Stay away from trendy designs – once such an overcoat goes out of fashion, you will have to buy another one, and then another one, etc. Rather, stick to classic design and colors, which if taken care of, shall serve you for years.
At the same time, choosing a good overcoat that fits you can become a nightmare. There are lots of options to choose from – single or double-breasted, full or ¾, what color, what type of fabric?
You may find a color you like, but they do not have the fabric you need, or vice versa. You may like that particular design, but they do not have your size; and so on, you name it.
Therefore, the best idea with regard to buying an overcoat would be getting it custom-tailored. In this case, you can be sure that, first, it has been selected strictly according to your taste, and second, that it has been tailored to your body shape and so that it perfectly fits you.