The Best Overcoats
A traditional full-length overcoat is the most appropriate to be worn with a suit, though it can add an elegant – and warm – layer to a dressed-down wool sweater worn with your best jeans and boots. A mostly-wool single-breasted overcoat, knee-length or longer, is a good place to start before graduating to more complex overcoats like the Chesterfield, covert coat, guards coat, or paletot.
When it comes to color, a neutral hue such as black, navy, olive, brown or grey is always a safe choice. These colors are versatile and can be easily paired with a variety of outfits. If you want to add a pop of color to your wardrobe, consider an overcoat in a bold shade such as red or forest green. Just be mindful of the formality of the occasion and choose a color that is appropriate.
Another important factor to consider when shopping for an overcoat is the type of closure. A single-breasted overcoat with buttons is a classic choice that can be dressed up or down. A double-breasted overcoat with buttons is a more formal option that exudes sophistication. An inner bib with a zipper closure can be a practical choice for an overcoat that will be worn in wet or cold weather.
In terms of length, a knee-length or longer overcoat is a good choice for formal occasions, while a shorter overcoat can be worn more casually. The length of the overcoat should also be determined by your personal style and body type. If you are tall, a longer overcoat may be more flattering, while a shorter overcoat may be more suitable for those who aren’t.