A snazzy coat is always a brilliant addition to the wardrobe. Yet, with so many options available, it can be a challenge to find the right one. Here is a little guide to inform you about the 4 best coat options for men:
Types of Coats
Today, the coat has developed into a timeless and stylish clothing item. If you're looking for a classy clothing item for the cold season, then a coat is a smart choice. You can find a large variety of men's coats today, however, we will be going over the most common ones:
Back then, the peacoat or the caban coat was worn by sailors to protect them from the chilly temperatures of the sea. A peacoat is a double-breasted, short winter coat, traditionally made up of six buttons and two diagonal pockets located on the left and right side by the torso. The cut reaches until the waist and is therefore thought to be a more casual clothing item. The traditional peacoat is made out of navy wool, however, today you can find it in several different colors.
The Chesterfield coat is a formal knee-length coat with a velvet collar and was invented in the 19th century. This coat got its name from the Earl of Chesterfield who was part of Britain's high society. The Chesterfield was originally a double-breasted coat with a unique velvet collar. Now, the chesterfield is known as a knee-length single-breasted coat, with two horizontal side pockets and a notched lapel. It comes in a wool or cashmere blend and has similarities to a frock coat.
As you can hear from the name, the duffle coat is made out of a woolen duffle fabric. The duffle coat was popular among the British royal navy and was eventually turned into a fashion item when there was a surplus of these available after the 2nd World War. The coat typically has 4 toggles, also known as 'walrus tusks' which were easy to open and close while wearing gloves. It has an oversized hood, which allowed the navy officials to wear it over their caps. Originally, the duffle coat is known to be of knee length, but today, it can be found in several different lengths. The coat itself is quite casual and will dress down any formal wear.
The famous trench coat is one of the most popular overcoats worn in today's society — rightfully so! The trench coat is a compelling type of long double-breasted coat that originates from (you guessed it) the military. Trench coats are made of a cotton waterproof fabric, hence why they are not the most suitable option for the winter, but more for spring or fall. The key elements of a trench coat are the epaulets located on the shoulder, its wide waist belt with a buckle, and its buckled sleeve straps. Just like other traditional overcoats, the trench coat is typically long, however, today it is available in numerous lengths. For a more formal look, a long trench coat is recommended.
A trench coat is a great addition to your wardrobe, especially if you're looking to wear it with a suit. Check out our blog post to learn more: When to Wear a Trench Coat?
What is the Warmest Coat Material?
Wool is the warmest coat material for winter. The purer the better. Of course, pure wool comes at a certain expense. If you are looking for something less expensive, go for a wool blend, but look for a material with a larger wool percentage than the synthetic fabric that is involved in the mixture. A wool and nylon blend is great if you want a coat that lasts for a couple of years, as nylon adds a great amount of strength to the material mixture.
What Coat is Best for Winter?
There are many types of coats suitable for the winter. Peacoats, duffle coats, and chesterfield are some great options, as they are typically made from wool. A trench coat, on the other hand, should be avoided for the winter, as the cotton fabric will not shield you from the icy winter weather.
What is the Difference Between a Jacket and a Coat?
Jackets are considered more of a casual, lightweight clothing item, while coats are considered a more formal option and are made of a heavier fabric. Moreover, coats are longer and typically reach knee length or below the knee, while jackets stay at the hip.