L ast week we looked at my favorite beanies for the winter that arrived last week in Sweden. Today we will continue in the same direction and take look at the winter season’s most important garment, the overcoat.
The overcoat has been worn for centuries, at first for more formal events or as part of a military uniform. Today the overcoat has an iconic status and the use for the garment has changed drastically. Today it is worn in every thinkable occasion, both for the walk in the countryside but also as outwear to cover you business suit in the city.
The definition of an overcoat is a type of long coat that usually ends below the knee, something that has changed because of today’s shorter silhouette and fashion. I would say that most of the overcoats that are found in stores often ends above the knee. It is mostly used during winter to keep you warm and is the most common choices of fabrics are wool, wool-blend or cashmere. A bit more unusual fabrics that can be found are the mohair, angora and camel hair but that still offers warmth. As always it is a matter of personal taste but normally the wool is the most budget friendly choice, where cashmere instead is the most luxurious and expensive.
Coats normally have two different types of buttoning, either the so called single or double. Single breasted coats normally have two or three buttons, where the first button often is just a detail for the three to two rolled lapels that can be seen on many coats today. If the coat has a three to two rolled lapels as seen for some of the coats below, I would recommend not to buttoning the upper button as this will only make lapels look wrong. The double breasted coat have in most cases six buttons as on the traditional double breasted jacket. Here I would highly recommend to keep the lower button unbuttoned to make the coats drape better.
What about choice of color? I would start with a navy coat, as this is the easiest color to combine with everything from jeans to suits. After this I would personally buy a camel colored coat which is a true classic to wear. Other colors that are good choices and easy to use are grey, brown and dark green. The choice is yours, but here are my ten favorites for the season.