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Stuart Husband recommends five coats for the colder season
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.