Winter is blitzing and the only way to stay on your feet is to get some serious protection. And this season's best overcoats provide precisely that - serious shelter from serious weather. These heavyweights tell the elements where they can go and make a statement to whoever's checking you out.
If any outerwear carries authority, it’s an officer’s coat. Just think of Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds. This long overcoat adds structure to your silhouette and brings a welcome dose of refinement to any time of day. Wear it over your cashmere sweater when you get coffee on Saturday morning or over your best suit Saturday night.
It’s no surprise that many of the most iconic coat styles are military inspired. Shearling dates back to the fighter pilots of World War II. It’s a bold look, so shelve the shirt and tie and pair it with classic textures like corduroy, raw denim, or a hearty knit. Don’t be afraid to ground the whole look with a pair of sneakers.
Eddie Bauer invented the traditional “puffer” jacket while nearly freezing to death on a mountaintop in the 1930s. It’s an all-American style built to withstand the elements. And luckily, these days you don’t have to look like you’re wearing a sleeping bag, with down-filled coats coming in a variety of materials, including leather, wool, and fleece.
The parka is rugged enough for extreme exploration, but it also has ties to the ’90s rappers who loved to pair gold chains with a fur hood. The new parka maintains its hardy good looks even when paired with a suit or a shirt and tie. It’s practical and devastatingly cool. And since parkas are down-filled, you don’t usually need to layer and look bulky in winter months. Invest in a fitted, luxurious style, and pay attention to the details.
Photos by Alexander Neumann