H’s wardrobe staple: The overcoat

H’s wardrobe staple: The overcoat

Overcoats are as synonymous with winter as meat pies are with footy and lifeguards with Bondi. So, as the cool weather sets in, here’s your comprehensive guide to buying and styling overcoats this season.

Attire advice

Looking to invest in an overcoat that will become a permanent fixture your wardrobe for years to come? Buying 100% wool is the only option. Just as important is ensuring your coat is fully lined, you don’t want to be itching and scratching.

You’re going to be wearing a fair few layers underneath your overcoat, so ensure you’re wearing a jumper while trying on coats. Stick to form flattering coats- one that isn’t so slim you can’t raise your arms above your head, but not so baggy it could pass as a bathrobe.

One breast or two? Choosing a double breasted or single breasted overcoat is completely up to you. Think about your personal style, the kind of places you go to on the weekend and any upcoming events- do they require you to look more formal or more casual?

Smart stylin’

Coats have the ability to make you look like you’ve just stepped out of a 1920’s Art Deco bar, or a 50’s Hollywood movie.

When it comes to smarter, more formal styling, double-breasted coats are key to nailing this look. Stick to wintery hues such as navy, camel, grey and black as these are timeless and polished.

A two-piece navy suit, skinny red and tie and charcoal overcoat will keep your warm and stylish for work. When wearing a suit jacket with your coat, it’s imperative you keep the suit jacket fastened with a 1-2 buttons, especially if you are wearing the coat open.

If you’re attending a winter wedding, tone it back with a camel coloured coat and a grey suit. You can add a touch of flair by option for a windowpane check suit and a brighter bow tie for a pop of colour.


• Navy suit and the Palissy bag Source: @oppermannlondon

A photo posted by Toast & Jager (@toastandjager) on Apr 16, 2016 at 1:10pm PDT


It’s just as cold on weekends as it is on weekdays, so your overcoat will come in handy for brunches, lunches, drinks and all manner of Sunday activities.

Stick to lighter neutrals for the weekend such as camel, light grey, taupe and charcoal. A navy jumper, light grey jeans, white collared shirt and a camel coloured coat (complete with beanie) is the perfect day to night weekend wear as you can layer as much or as little as you want.

For something a little dressier, tailor your look with a charcoal coat, slim-fit black pants, black boots and a crisp white shirt buttoned at the collar. This is a sleek and modern look that can also be adapted for work.

@fio_11_ Walking, Coating, Bearding. It’s a good life. #Redhurst #GuysWithBeards #MensCoat

A photo posted by Men’s Fashion Sydney (@redhurstsydney) on May 14, 2016 at 7:07am PDT

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