The Overcoats

When you’re heading out on a winter day, adding an extra protective layer is part of the process. Bundling up doesn’t have to be a drag; there are so many varieties of coats to suit every person’s fashion and taste. Overcoats may be chosen for their utility or their style. An overcoat provides warmth and protection from the elements but is also a way to maintain a very professional look and is worn over business suits. With an endless range of color, pattern and fabric, an overcoat can ensure you stay warm while looking good.

Cashmere wool is the most common and perhaps most stylish of the fabrics used for overcoats. But they can also be made with wax finishes or from wool blends. Overcoat colors are usually neutral or subdued to match the dreariness of winter, so you should look for for blacks, grays, browns, dark blues and even tweeds. In terms of details, overcoats can be made with retractable linings, which mean you can zip in or remove the inside lining if the weather gets too hot or cold. Nearly all overcoats also come with pockets, which are located either at the hip, waist or chest levels.

When buying an overcoat, choose between double-breasted, which is sometimes called a military style, or single-breasted. Single-breasted overcoats are recommended particularly if you are going to wear the coat for years and don’t want to be a slave to fashion trends. A single-breasted overcoat does not need to be buttoned up, as double-breasted overcoats do. There are generally three or four buttons on an overcoat. You can choose from a classic lapel or a wide-spaced lapel, depending on your preferences. Overcoats can come with or without a belt. Also, think about the overcoat’s use. Choose an overcoat that has more than one use. You want to have something that goes to work and out for the evening, for instance.