Staying warm is clearly important during winter, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice fashion for function.
There are coats and jackets that will keep you warm and can also show your sense of style.
Let’s discuss some options.
Overcoats are both functional and stylish. Not only do they protect you from the cold, but they look highly professional when worn over a suit.
According to Art of Manliness, “A good overcoat should be warm, fit you, and make you look great.
Fabric. If you plan to wear your overcoat for years to come, make sure you buy a coat that is made of 100% wool and that it weighs at least 4 pounds (for average-sized men). In general, heavier coats last longer because the fabric is more durable.
Cashmere coats are nice, soft, and warm but they will show wear on the cuffs, the collar, and moths love them. In addition, they can double the price of a coat for little to no advantage (in terms of warmth or appearance). With the quality of most wool jacket fabrics these days, they are often just as soft as all but the finest cashmere. I find a nice compromise is a wool cashmere blend – my overcoat is about 10% cashmere.
Sleeves. The coat sleeves should completely cover the suit sleeve, as well as the shirt cuff, and even reach a little further down. This way, you should not feel the cold on your wrists when you wear gloves with it.
Length. Traditionally, overcoats were rather long-reaching garments, extending almost all the way to the ankles. These full-length coats are often the coat of choice for seasoned gentlemen as they can complement a wide range of figures — to include those a bit rounder in the midsection.
Today, most younger men wear their coats knee-length, which is anywhere between the lower part of the knee to slightly above. This only complements men with trim builds and who wear the coat closer to the body. It’s a convenient option if you find yourself entering and exiting your automobile multiple times a day.”
As with any fashion accessory, there are do’s and don’ts.
The double-breasted style of pea coats has remained timeless and designers have redesigned them some, over the years, to ensure they provide warmth and comfort. Pea coats are usually shorter than overcoats, but can still be worn with suits. The double-breasted style of a peacoat exudes a unique modern style that goes with both formal and informal outfits — whether you’re at work or at the movies.
According to The Idle Man, “A peacoat is a thick piece of men’s outerwear. It has its history in the Navy, where it was perfect for sailors to wear as protection against the harsh weather conditions of the ocean. Although people wear it as a fashion piece now, it’s still an extremely versatile and durable coat. The peacoat is double breasted, is typically quite short in length, and has large lapels. As well as being stylish, you can protect your neck from the weather by turning the lapels of a peacoat up. Traditionally coming in wool, this staple winter coat usually has large buttons and slash pockets in the lining. Over the course of its rich history, the peacoat has had many different styles and uses. Despite this, one thing is clear. This is an absolute classic piece of fashion, and if you don’t already, you should definitely own one.”
Pea coats offer warmth, style, and versatility.
If you live in a state where you experience winter, you’ve seen people wearing parkas quite often.
According to The Idle Man, “The parka was originally designed by the Inuits in the Canadian Arctic. As a bid to stay warm and dry while hunting and kayaking, they would fashion the garment out of animal skin or fur. In fact, the word “parka” came from the Nenets language meaning ‘animal skin’ and the name has stuck ever since. Originally, parkas were mainly worn by Inuit women and the coat traditionally featured a baby pouch. Now only the fur-lined hoods and the long length design have lived on through history.
Following World War II, the U.S. Air Force tweaked the original parka design. They developed the N-3B “Snorkle” parka with the flight crews who were based in particularly cold regions in mind. The “Snorkle” parka was made from nylon and featured a woollen lining. It successfully protected the American soldiers from temperatures as low as -60°F. Maybe the British winter isn’t so bad after all. They also modified the original parka shape by adding a hood and a neckline that could be zipped right up to the nose – think Kenny from South Park. Since then, the parka jacket has moved beyond its Arctic and military backgrounds and has fully transitioned as a fundamental part of the everyday men’s wardrobe. But the power of the parka doesn’t stop there. This jacket has definitely left its mark in the history of pop culture. How can we forget The Beatles wearing massive furry parkas on the cover of their Hottest Hits album?”
As per RefrigeWear, “The puffs of a puffer jacket are created by the combination of the insulation layer and stitching. Puffer jackets, also called quilted jackets, have a signature quilted design with sections that are “puffy” between the stitching. They are filled with down insulation or synthetic fibers, both of which can provide a high level of warmth depending on how well they are made and the quality of the synthetic fibers.
Another attribute is that they are often very lightweight despite being very warm (with the down-filled jackets weighing a little more, so keep that in mind).
Compared to wool or leather, puffer jackets provide the unique combination of both warmth and lightness. These jackets can feature down or synthetic down insulation. Both are fairly lightweight, but not all methods of insulation will provide the same level of warmth. Generally speaking, a down-filled jacket will be warmer, yet synthetic down can be very comparable if the manufacturer knows a good bit about how insulation works.”
As a current user of Uniqlo‘s ultra light down jackets, I love them.
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Remember, it’s all about layering. If a particular coat or jacket isn’t warm enough, that’s why God invented layers.