GOT IT COV­ERED

Stu­art Hus­band rec­om­mends five coats for the colder sea­son

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“Al­most ev­ery man looks more so in a belted trench coat,” said the Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and wise­cracker Syd­ney J Har­ris. It’s true that the top­coat, as well as be­ing a prac­ti­cal ne­ces­sity for the less tem­per­ate of sea­sons, leads from the front in set­ting the tone for an au­tumn-win­ter wardrobe.

So what should you look for when choos­ing this key piece of kit? First, go for a time­less style; if you buy on-trend, you’ll be do­ing it all over again next year. Sec­ond, think ver­sa­til­ity; you want some­thing that com­ple­ments ca­sual Fri­day – or even lazy Sun­day – as well as spruc­ing up the work­ing week. Third, pay at­ten­tion to fit; size up if it’s too snug with a jacket or jumper be­neath it, and get the sleeves tai­lored if nec­es­sary.

If you want to look “more so” this sea­son, then these five coats – from a cash­mere covert to, yes, a belted trench – are your es­sen­tial en­hancers.

DIGGING FOR VIC­TORY The trench coat is a big story this sea­son, but Boss ploughs its own fur­row with a sharply fit­ted, plum-toned, tonic-sheened take on the clas­sic. The dou­ble-breasted fas­ten­ing, notch lapels, self-fab­ric belt and wa­ter-re­pel­lent coat­ing all lend re­fined pol­ish; whether you’re lay­er­ing over tai­lor­ing or en­rich­ing a week­end wardrobe, it more than makes the cut.

£530; hugo­b­oss.com

COV­ETABLE COVERT The covert was orig­i­nally de­signed as an eques­trian coat, which makes the camel and brown “Blak­eney” from Turn­bull and Asser a de­cided thor­ough­bred; made in the UK from ul­tra-luxe Scot­tish cash­mere, the fit­ted camel-toned body is off­set by a rich choco­late-brown vel­vet col­lar. Guar­an­teed to up­grade any out­fit to busi­ness class – at a gal­lop.

£1,950; turn­bul­lan­dasser.co.uk

CHECK MATE De­signer Lu­cas Ossendri­jver’s pieces for Lan­vin al­ways aim to “el­e­vate the every­day”, and this dou­ble-breasted checked wool coat, tai­lored in Italy, is no ex­cep­tion. Cut nar­row and long, with breezy peak lapels and a sump­tu­ous black satin lin­ing, it will frame a shirt and tie or a cash­mere roll neck with equally ef­fort­less fa­cil­ity.

£2,080; match­es­fash­ion.com

RE­VERS­ING INTO TO­MOR­ROW A mac is an es­sen­tial weapon in your ar­moury as in­clemency re­turns, and this re­versible sin­gle­breasted num­ber from Gieves and Hawkes gives you two for one – Side A fea­tures a sharp navy and bur­gundy-checked wool for brighter days, while Side B brings a show­er­proof cot­ton can­vas to the fore. Wear as your mood – and the fore­cast – dic­tates.

£1,495; gievesand­hawkes.com

PEA SU­PER There’s noth­ing petty about Paul Smith’s ver­sion of the sta­ple that was orig­i­nally de­signed for the Bri­tish navy’s petty of­fi­cers; this dou­ble­breasted, navy wool-cash­mere ver­sion, with its mod­ern cut and throat-tab fas­ten­ing, makes for a softer but no less smart al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional top­coat, whether you’re splic­ing a main­brace or sub­mit­ting to the morn­ing com­mute.

£395; paul­smith.com

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