This season, your go-to style in your wardrobe needs to be a great winter coat. The staple of any outfit for the next few weeks, men’s winter coats come in a huge array of styles, making them perfect for different occasions. Whether your personal style nods towards the streetwear trend, or you prefer something a little more tailored, this season’s coat styles cater for everyone. Here we breakdown some of the most popular designs and the best ways to wear them.
The ultimate winter style, a parka coat has a long length and heavy insulation to protect you from the cold weather. They were originally created by the Inuit people in the Arctic regions, and have since become a perfect solution for British winters too. Look for parka coats that have been designed with inner fleece material or something similar for an extra layer, and decide whether you want a faux fur trim hood or not.
Parka coats are smart but oversized, which makes them more effective for a day out in town as opposed to a dinner and drinks date. They are a great style for when you need to stay constantly warm all day. Choose colours like khaki, beige or black for the ultimate style.
Parka coats are smart but oversized, which makes them more effective for a day out in town as opposed to a dinner and drinks date.
Style your parka with your favourite pair of jeans, weather-friendly trainers and layer underneath with a t-shirt and knitwear for a perfect weekend style. Alternatively, if you do fancy wearing it out in the evening, a shirt and corduroy trousers wouldn’t go amiss for a unique look.
If you’re looking for a casual winter coat, the puffa jacket is ideal. It has a streetwear vibe with a padded, quilted design that is as comfortable as it is warm. Look for styles with a detachable hood so you can take on any weather, and consider whether you need to buy it in a bigger size for layering.
Puffa jackets are an easy-to-wear style with a shorter length than parka coats. With this in mind, a puffa jacket looks best in a dark colour like navy, plum or black and worn with jeans and a jumper. Your puffa jacket is best reserved for laidback, less formal occasions.
puffa jacket looks best in a dark colour like navy, plum or black and worn with jeans and a jumper.
If your social calendar through winter season requires a smart coat for some important occasions, choose an overcoat. Designed to be the very last thing you put on, you can even wear a suit under your overcoat, including the jacket.
Overcoats are best worn in neutral shades of brown and grey, with a subtle pattern such as checks or houndstooth for a refined, tailored look. This sort of style is usually created using a soft wool blend, giving it a premium look that is great for drinks in a swanky bar or dinner in a city centre restaurant. Look for styles that have a simple front placket and pockets, with a structured collar.
Your overcoat should always match your outfit; a smart coat needs a smart outfit! Reserve your overcoat for occasions where you’ll be wearing a shirt, trousers and shoes. For a unique look, consider a subtly patterned shirt tucked into corduroy textured trousers.