This cumbersome piece of outerwear exudes macho sophistication. Previously, its transitional purpose was to get you from the car to the cloakroom. Now, the overcoat has become a primary constituent in the sartorialist wardrobe.
Dressing for a winter wedding? Amend your daily uniform to incorporate a wool-blend or cashmere chesterfield-style in sedate charcoal, navy or herringbone. Grey is a very controlled hue. It has a stabilising effect when it comes in contact with other colours and downplays softer shades, which is why it is perfectly suited to accompany your formal attire, just as much as your trousers.
However, there is an art to the overcoat. For example, you wouldn’t pair a quilted nylon parker with a tuxedo. Fact. To cover all bases, opt for a single-breasted overcoat with a notched lapel for a smart-casual dress code and a double-breasted peak lapel overcoat if you’re dressing for a black tie or white tie social engagement. Traditionally, overcoats extend just below the knee in length and should cover the suit sleeve and shirt cuff.