When the temperature drops, it’s time for a new coat. Follow our lead as we make picking one of the season’s pedigree styles a cinch
It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, so smarter styles are always a sound investment. Even when layered over a T-shirt or a basic crew-neck knit, a sharply cut coat instantly gives you the air of a man who knows what he’s doing. The peaked lapel of this fine double-breasted camel coat () takes its cues from classic tailoring, and looks just as good paired with a knitted polo shirt at the weekend as it will over your navy suit for work.
Similarly the rich charcoal grey herringbone pattern () brings a heritage feel to a sophisticated shape. They’re so good it begs the question: why haven’t you got one already?
We’re a work hard, play hard bunch, so we put just as much into our off-duty outerwear as we do our smarter styles. This robust parka () will take the weekend walkies in its stride – the detachable faux fur hood, thick padding and water-resistant technology will repel all of those harsh winter days, while the dark, olive-green tone works well with everyday denim and rugged boots. Plus, there are plenty of pockets for keys, wallets or dog treats.
A reefer jacket, aka a pea coat, is perfect for keeping shorter guys in proportion or for those who want something a little less weighty. Our example () has a subtle herringbone texture which adds another edge to the traditional buttons and trims. Popped collar mandatory, Lola the miniature Cockapoo optional.
Much like with footwear, if you invest in quality, your outerwear will stand the test of time. And boy have these styles got pedigree. The first, in a handsome oatmeal tone, is made from 100 per cent wool, a fine authentic Yorkshire tweed woven by Abraham Moon & Sons. Such a luxurious fabric speaks for itself, so only needs to be cut in a simple single-breasted notch lapel shape to really sing.
This similarly cut style () is our ultimate piece of outerwear. Made from cashmere, it has a subtle lustre (much like our dogs’ glossy coats) – whether you pick navy or taupe, the quality is so good it would easily pass for a coat twice the price.
Photographer: Ben Harries / Stylist: Gareth Scourfield / Groomer: Paul Percival
Dogs: Hercules, Lenny, Lola and Oz / Menswear editor: Ian Wright