Cold Comfort Classics

Survive winter without sacrificing style by shielding yourself in one of these modern takes on traditional overcoats.

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.

Officer's Coat

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. 

Navy Bartson coat, Burberry London ($3,295).

Crewneck sweater, cotton dress shirt, blue moleskin five-pocket pants, and sheepskin-lined gloves, Kiton.

Shearling Coat

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.

Lamb shearling double-breasted coat, Bally ($5,750).

Java alpaca pullover, double-face cashmere sweatpants, and wool slouch hat, Michael Kors

Down Jacket

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.

Charcoal fleece double-layer parka ($2,695), cotton polo, and bonded wool flannel slim pants, Calvin Klein Collection.

Short-sleeve crewneck tee, Gents.


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. 

Explorer parka ($5,400), dress shirt, five-pocket pants, Tambour XL automatic chronograph, and County Derby shoes in cognac, Louis Vuitton.

Socks, Falke

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