As we all know, office dress codes and suit appropriate occasions aren't suspended for cold weather. For all of us who experience the cold season every year, there are only 2 options to solve the "I have to dress up, but I want to be warm" conundrum; Either you wear a regular coat over your suit, or you get a topcoat. We recommend the latter.
Buying a topcoat isn't as straight forward as buying a suit for most guys. So, lets review the basic questions that need to be considered before buying your first topcoat.
To answer this question with another question- what color will you be able to wear most often, with most of your existing clothes? So, our recommendations are either navy or grey. Just as it is with suit cloth, nothing offers more versatility than navy or grey. After those two colors are satisfied, later topcoat recommendations diverge from what we would recommend in suiting. Next, we would consider black (which lends itself easily to formal attire) or camel, which is traditionally a popular topcoat color due to the use of heavy camel fur that is used.
For your first topcoat, choosing a heavy wool is a good place to start. That said, a little bit of cashmere goes a long way for a softer finish. If possible, choose a wool/cashmere blend or even a 100% cashmere topcoat and you won't regret it. Nothing is as soft or insulates as well as cashmere (which is why it commands a higher price than wool) so it makes for an excellent topcoat.
There are many types of topcoat styles. 3 of the most popular styles are the double breasted, single breasted, and officer coat. Traditionally the double breasted is the most formal with the officer coat being the least formal, but we think if done right, all 3 styles can be dressed up or down. The most important thing to consider is simply, which style do you like best? For your first topcoat, the best style of coat is the style you will find the easiest to wear.
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