The coats and jackets every man should own


Common sense (and peer-reviewed research) tells us that the more thought you put into creating a great outfit, the more confident you will feel. The right clothes for the right occasion will help you overcome nerves, lift your spirits for that all-important business meeting or simply reflect your mood to the world. Of course, for much of the year, the right clothes must come with a coat or jacket, and the perfect coat will serve as the final polish, the finishing touch and just the thing to harmonise a total look. Here’s the BOSS guide on how to wear the seven essential outerwear pieces that will serve your wardrobe best.

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The business wool coat

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The sharply tailored wool coat is a true classic. Its precise lines will add a sophisticated edge to your workwear, smartening up any outfit. Given this coat’s well-documented versatility, it should be a no-brainer investment.

HOW TO WEAR IT:

Layer this coat over your tailoring to keep you warm during the working week, making sure it’s roomy enough to wear over your suit jacket, but not so large as to overwhelm. Dress it down on the weekend over an open-collared shirt, V-neck sweater and jeans, while adding a soft scarf looped around your neck for a sartorial flourish.

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

Perfect for the working week, or to smarten up a weekend look while running around town.

The Trench Coat

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Invented at the end of the 19th century, the trench coat has grown to be a fashion icon, and for good reason. It's timeless, versatile and easy to wear.

 

HOW TO WEAR IT:

Courtesy of its streamlined silhouette and pared-back design, the trench coat will lend itself to a host of different looks. Throw it over a suit to complete a perfectly polished outfit, or use it to add some flair to a sweater and jeans for a casual daytime look with a difference. Trench coats today also come in a range of fabrics and lengths, offering even more styling opportunities to be explored.

 

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

Office or weekend: the trench coat can move seamlessly from smart to casual, and every dress code in between.

The double-breasted coat

A timeless piece that will never go out of style, the double-breasted coat is a must-have for any wardrobe.  This coat has stood the test of fashion time, which is down to its unrivalled sartorial elegance.

HOW TO WEAR IT:
Choose the iconic camel shade as a classic investment piece, or opt for deep green and other unexpected textures for a playful alternative. Experiment with the finer details, whether buttons or the width of the lapels, and show your confidence in dealing with a classic. This coat is the best for a formal occasion, worn over a tuxedo or your most formal business wear.

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

The double-breasted coat is your go-to when you’re keen to make an instant, great impression. The double-breasted coat oozes sophistication and confidence, and slung over the shoulders of your power suit, the world is your oyster.

The oversized coat

A contemporary take on the single-breasted coat, the oversized coat’s roomier fit can express a confident nonchalance. Its classic design is belied by small, but bold deviations from tradition: a wider fit at the hem and sloping shoulders. This is a fashion-forward coat, showing, as ever, that the devil is in details.

HOW TO WEAR IT:

The oversized coat can either emphasise a slim-fit outfit underneath – say, a turtleneck and slim fit trousers – or it can offer a roomy fit over a chunky-knit jumper. Play with the colour and texture of this coat, or stick to classic wool, cashmere or checked fabrics.

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

Swing this coat over your business ensemble or smart-casual weekend look to upend an outfit’s silhouette. This is a great companion for a gallery visit or weekend brunch.

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The parka

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Heat retention and functionality combine to create the ideal coat for the colder days of winter. The parka’s practical features and rugged, modern design work well for a brisk walk in the park, or to be layered on top of your suit when comfort takes priority.

HOW TO WEAR IT:

The parka has enough volume to do most of the talking, so keep your look simple. Use the inside toggles to cinch the waist slightly for a more defined silhouette, and remember, don’t overstuff the pockets, to ensure clean lines.

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

The parka’s thickness and warmth make it the perfect coat for those long days when you’re facing the winter elements.

The down jacket

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From the ski slopes to the urban obstacle course (aka rush hour), the down jacket has risen in the style stakes to become a versatile fashion piece. Its modern sportswear influences mean there are a variety of colourful options to get you noticed, or more classic versions for pure warmth.

HOW TO WEAR IT:

The down jacket is one to wear on its own with a hooded sweatshirt or shirt, but there’s potential to layer the lighter versions under more classic coats, such as single- and double-breasted wool or cashmere. 

WHEN TO WEAR IT:

The puffer jacket, as it’s colloquially known, works equally for a weekend getaway in the countryside or the hustle of a city landscape. Note that this coat tends to work best for casual occasions.

The field jacket

Originally created for utility, the field jacket established its rightful place in men’s wardrobes because of the practical nature of its design. This short jacket with multiple pockets is easy to wear, while simultaneously earning style points, thanks to its tailored features.



HOW TO WEAR IT:

The field jacket will serve as a must-have for completing casual outfits. Its easygoing look, coupled with a more relaxed fit, makes building the layers beneath effortless. Try putting together a classic sweater and jeans combination, or lean on the smarter side with chinos and a tailored shirt.



WHEN TO WEAR IT:

The field jacket is your essential trans-seasonal style to step into the cooler climes of autumn and spring.

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