The investment piece of the season, that ubiquitous companion of the chillier months, no longer relegated to being the practical and sensible pal, for right now, it’s all about coaxing out the cool from your coat wardrobe, and giving it a whole new attitude in how you style it. From the classic-made-contemporary to the trend-led trophy piece, get some serious outerwear inspo with our edit…
Strong in the stance that even the staunchest of pea coats can be playful, this is the season for XXL tailoring and in-out silhouettes. The oversized pea coat retains its double-breasted trademark, but is artfully cropped at the hip to deliver that blown-out, nipped-in contrast. Keep it skinny on the legs and layer over a tee or roll neck.
The Classic Made Contemporary
One of the prerequisite items of every man's wardrobe, the single-breasted overcoat – preferably in camel or navy – is an elegantly reliable choice and first class facilitator of upping your sartorial styling with minimum effort. If you go classic, make it Burberry, then layer up underneath with a tee and a knit in darker shades.
Everyday Arctic Wear
Akin to the Swiss Army knife of the outerwear wardrobe, there's a fair few reasons why the Canada Goose Expedition Parka is such a key style. Versatile to a T, its charm rests in its contrariness, espousing that couldn't-care-less parka attitude, while actually being super-sensible and Arctic-proof. Make the most of its thermal properties by layering it over a light tee or polo shirt and add to its relaxed athleisure-cool by teaming it with nonchalant no-sock sneakers or high tops.
Putting a grittier Sons of Anarchy take on that classic subversive-preppy ‘50s Rebel Without A Cause leather jacket, this season's biker is a well-lived-in thrift-store style with a past. Step up to the plate with zigzag zips, pockets, epaulettes and a cracked leather finish for built-in backstory. Wear with anything, this jacket comes with zero rules.
Perfect The Practical
One of the most practical and technically timeless trends in outerwear has to be Utilitarian. A more casual counter to the officer-level military style, with its disciplined-double-breasting, epaulettes and insignia, this is fieldwear for the foot soldier in the dustiest of khakis and beiges. Fall in line, layering up underneath with shirts, sweaters and zip-up hoodies.
Do Statement Details
Well and truly the comeback kid of the outerwear wardrobe, while you may be a purist and prefer your bomber jacket in a classic block-colour style, designers are loving adding in all sorts of trophy twists on the trend. From appliqué to embellishment, make a relaxed statement thanks to Gucci, Neil Barrett, Valentino and more.