The Overcoat

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Welcome to the part one of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’ll educate our boys about the overcoat.

Construction

Overcoats are typically mid-thigh-to-knee-length, wide-cut coats, with a single vent in the back. They can be single- or double-breasted, and typically have a notch lapel, one or more chest pockets, use buttons for closure, front darts to ensure a good fit, and make use of flapped pockets.

Function Foremost

Overcoats, sometimes called topcoats when they’re made of lighter materials not intended for lower temperatures, or great coats when they’re made of heavier materials for colder climes, are designed to be worn over a standard suit, and are thus design with that goal in mind. Although we won’t go so far as to say they aren’t stylish — they most certainly can be — they’ve made our list, after all — the overcoat puts function first. It is usually without ornamentation, so as to complement the suit undoubtedly worn underneath it.

Don’t mistake subtlety for cheapness; the overcoat should be designed of high-quality fabrics. Spend your money on a neutral or dark colored jacket, since it’s more a functional coat than a centerpiece: you’ll be wearing a full suit underneath, and that’s the main attraction. Buy a heavier fabric if you live where it gets truly cold; a lighter fabric may not get the job done.

In our next entry to the guide, we’ll take a look at a perennial favorite: the parka.

Men’s Guide to Classic Coats

It seems like every season there’s a new, trendy coat style that grabs the attention of the fashion elites. It’s hard to keep up. Although that’s what we do best here at Jacket Sale Shop, we realize that not all of our readers are looking for the newest and most trendy; sometimes what our readers want is something that will stand the test of time, no matter what the steady march of fashion holds in store for tomorrow. For those readers, we’ve decided to compile a list of classic coat styles that will never be out of fashion.

Men’s Style’s

We’ll start our guide by tackling six men’s coat styles: the overcoat, the parka, the carĀ coat, the peacoat, the duffle coat, and the trench coat. Each of these six styles has stood the test of time, remaining fashionable and functionable no matter what. Our guide will help familiarize you with these six coats and a basic history and anatomy of each. Don’t worry, ladies — we’ll have a guide for similarly classic women’s coats in the coming posts, so hang tight!

Stay Tuned

In the meantime, boys, prepare yourselves for a deluge of information about these six coats over the next few days — we’re about to help you bolster your coat cred!