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Men’s Coats: The Style Tribes

A style investment that not only has to look good but also needs to perform, when it comes to choosing a coat it can feel like the pressure is on. The past decade has seen the variety in men’s outerwear explode, but with choice comes responsibility, so we’ve navigated our way through the key men’s coat tribes to help you decide which one you should pledge your allegiance to this winter…

While we’d argue there’s a place for leather jackets in every season, winter is when they’re guaranteed to come up trumps. Whether worn with just a staple tee or layered over cashmere knitwear, the leather’s naturally insulating properties ensure warmth without the bulk. Take style cues from David Beckham and all you need decide is how far up the biker scale you want to go.

The Parka
Cast aside those memories of ‘90s parkas, for the modern breed is a far slicker affair. Cut for a slimmer fit from luxury – and often seriously technical – fabrics, the parka topped everything from weekend denim to tailoring at Canali, Brioni, Saint Laurent and more for AW14.

Nothing says you mean business quite like a tailored coat, but for AW14 it’s all about getting the sizing right. Opt for a very slightly oversized topcoat to earn instant style kudos and look out for fur collars and statement accessories to up the dapper factor.

The Bomber
The WWII pilot’s best friend, there’s something undeniably cool about bomber jackets. Reinterpreted for the modern man in myriad fabrics and finishes, get yours quilted, logo printed or even in leopard-spotted calfskin.

No longer the preserve of country pursuits, the waxed jacket has earned itself an urbane attitude thanks to its champions’ penchant for slim jeans and Ray-Bans. While Barbour might be the first brand that comes to mind, Belstaff deserves your attention, too.

The Trench
Another trusted coat that hails from military origins, the trench coat was first designed by Thomas Burberry for British officers in the Boer War. Offering heritage, a sleek silhouette and debonair appeal, the only cause for concern is getting the right fit. A transitional piece, make it work in winter with layers, then button up and pop that collar.

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