Coats: trends, fabrics and how to identify the one that suits you best
The decision to choose a coat depends on the result obtained in an equation with at least three variables: the trends of the season, the personal style and the context in which it is going to be worn.
Writing a list of tips on how to face the decision is for this reason quite complicated since it is not easy to generalize with something that depends on such different nuances and circumstances, some of them very subjective.
In addition, to this we must add the extra difficulty involved in the final choice of coat, since this in turn depends on multiple factors. Among them, the material, the length, the fit, the color and, finally, the design.
about the material, the essential thing is that it be functional, even above the aesthetic. This means that it is not the same to buy a coat for autumn or to use it in a Mediterranean climate, for example, than to spend January on the plateau. A trench coat or waterproof coat may suffice in the first case, but not in the second, where wool and feathers are the best options.
Color and length are rather subjective nuances that sometimes do not even depend only on personal taste, but also on necessity. Take a good look at your wardrobe and think about what color will allow you to get the most out of the coat you buy. As for the length, the key is comfort. What do you feel more comfortable with? Answer that question and act accordingly.
With the fit, on the other hand, the opposite happens, since it is the most objective factor that exists: it does not matter if you bet on an oversize coat, a straight one or a short down jacket, it does not matter. The fit must always be correct and the test is the height of the shoulder seams. Make sure they are where they should be and that the sleeves do not cover your hands or make them rickety when you stretch your arms. Also, no matter how XL it is, be careful not to drag it because if it is, the coat is not your size.
And the style?
Once the other obstacles have been overcome, we come to the ultimate challenge when choosing a coat: which style to choose.
Once again, subjectivity makes an appearance in the debate because It largely depends on your personal taste and the context in which you are going to wear it..
If you ask us for advice, we will tell you that it is practically impossible to have a complete wardrobe with only one or two coats. This is not like the shoe rack, where with two or three pairs and some trainers you can rest easy.
Therefore, to try to make it a little easier for you, we propose two different options below depending on the style in which you are looking for a coat: sporty, casual and formal.
The down jacket or puffer jacket is the first option, super comfortable coat that combines urban fashion details with après-ski style. Its only drawback is that it is usually very informal, so much so that it is difficult for it to successfully accompany pants that are not jeans, joggers or, at most, drawstring trousers.
An alternative to the down jacket for those who are not comfortable with them or do not require such a thick coat but do need something informal is the waterproof parka, where navy blue and military green prevail by KO. You know: three-quarter length, with hood and waterproof fabric lined inside. To the British singer.
The context dictates
A step above formality we find el peacoat, a fairly classic military coat that barely changes over the years: double-breasted, wide collar that can be raised at any given time if the cold forces it to, and hip-length. Almost always in classic colors like navy blue. Its advantage is that it is quite versatile; It can even work with a suit.
This does not happen with fur coats or aviator jackets, which we have included in this selection because they are as warm as some coats thanks to the skin and sheepskin with which they are made. They are a classic and after a time in the background or third plane they have been around for a few years in which they are seen to rear their heads again. His image is so characteristic that they do not usually leave anyone indifferent.
We close the list of options with two coats that work with all kinds of formal looks, the one that the Anglo-Saxons call the overcoat and the trench coat. The latter is at the limit of being able to be considered a coat, but there are areas of Spain where a trench coat is more than enough to get through the winter. In addition, its aesthetic virtues are well known, making it a must in any man’s wardrobe.
The case of the overcoat is different, the quintessential long man’s coat that has lived a rejuvenating process in recent years by becoming an alternative to complete informal winter looks. It is no longer a coat exclusively to be worn with a suit or with chinos and a shirt.
You can roughly differentiate between the chesterfield type, which closes with buttons hidden behind a placket; those that incorporate a belt, of the dressing gown type; and also the simplest and “informal” ones, those that leave their only row of buttons visible. The latter, especially if they are gray, are the most versatile of all since they can even work with classic white sneakers.