The five best winter coats for every occasion

The best winter coats for men
India Price,-Menswear Editor

From sharp silhouettes to cool colour palettes and off duty staples, these are the five key coat trends we’ll be wearing this winter

It’s around this time each year that we inevitably start to remember summer dressing with a wistful fondness: the carefree simplicity; the ability to quickly leave the house in one layer of clothing; the general ease of pulling on shorts and a T-shirt. But it’s worth remembering that winter also has a lot going for it, sartorially speaking. There are the luxurious fabrics, the sharp tailoring, the on-trend accessories, the cosy knits.

The most important component in all of this is always the winter coat. Vital for making a good impression on the outside, as well as keeping you warm on the inside, a good winter coat will instantly make your wardrobe more dapper and more durable. Here’s our pick of the best styles for this year.

For off-duty weekends: the functional jacket

Form and function roll together into one standout piece that looks good, feels great and keeps out the wind and rain – perfect for the great British winter.

Winter overcoats for men

For smart occasions: the overcoat

Whether you have meetings, a date or just want to work on smartening up your act, the overcoat is your first port of call. Its flattering, streamlined silhouette instantly makes you look more pulled together. Whether you choose wool or cashmere, in a dark or light colour, you’ll find that the classic overcoat will go with almost everything you own.

For really cold days: the padded jacket

Heavy duty, hard-wearing and designed specifically with colder climes in mind, this technical piece (with down-filled internal lining and waterproof external fabric) will make the perfect addition to your outerwear rotation. Feel like standing out? Pick a bold, bright one.

Best gilets for men

For throwing on over layers: the gilet

Rid the gilet of any stuffy, Sloaney connotations and instead welcome it into your winter wardrobe as a layering hero. Thin enough to wear under a blazer or overcoat but thick enough to provide ample warmth whenever you need it, a down-filled gilet is the answer on those awkward, in-between days where a rainstorm comes as hard and fast as the sun.

For (almost) any weather: the mac

Lightweight, buildable and waterproof, the classic mackintosh makes for the perfect addition to any man’s new-season wardrobe. The beauty of the mac is that it’s thin enough to layer up with a sweatshirt, suit jacket or gilet, but will equally protect you from the elements, keeping you warm, dry – and sartorially sharp.

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