16 Overcoat DO's & DON'Ts
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Wearing an overcoat during the colder months of the year does not necessarily mean BORING. You can still look elegant in your winter wear if you just follow these simple do’s and dont’s to rocking an overcoat.

Do’s & Dont’s To Stay Stylish & Warm In An Overcoat

Green triple checked overcoat with fur collar, dark suit, 90s tie and white shirt with flat cap and clear glasses
Green triple checked overcoat with fur collar, dark suit, 90s tie and white shirt with flat cap and clear glasses

1. Avoid Black Boring Overcoats

Don’t just buy the same black boring overcoat that every other man out there has. Black, in my opinion, is quite overrated especially for overcoats because it shows every little hair and dust speck and you just blend in.

At the same time, an overcoat gives you the opportunity to really stand out from the crowd, and so I urge you to consider other colors such as brown, tan, maybe other color mixes.

Avoid super long overcoats
Avoid overcoats that go below the knee

2. Opt For Knee Length Overcoats

Traditionally, it’s a very classic look that won’t go out of style anytime soon. If you go to the department store these days, you will find lots of shorter overcoats because that’s the current fashion, at the same time, it won’t stand the test of time, and it makes you cooler.

The proper overcoat length can be very flattering to your look, and it should be proportional to your height. If you’re a shorter man, go with something that is knee length or slightly shorter. If you’re a taller man, go with something knee length or slightly longer. If you’re of regular height, just go with something around knee length. If you watch old movies, you can sometimes see men wearing overcoats that reach all the way down to the ankle, and while that keeps you warmer, it has a very stodgy old world look, and in my opinion, it makes you look less attractive.

Material composition label on an overcoat
Material composition label on an overcoat

3. Go For 100% Natural Overcoat Materials

Unfortunately, even expensive overcoats these days are often blended because it makes the fabric less expensive and thus more affordable or increases the profit margins of the manufacturer. While polyester nylon fibers can make a garment more durable, they’re not as insulating as natural fibers such as cashmere, or wool, or alpaca, and because of that, I’d stay clear of them. They also don’t age as well and so 100% natural materials will always be your best bet.

Personally, I’m a huge fan a 100% wool for overcoats because it’s heavy, not too expensive, it doesn’t absorb water, and it keeps me warm. Cashmere is really nice and soft to the touch, however, for overcoats, it’s too lightweight, and so I find it not to be warm enough for the colder days of the year.

Sven Raphael Schneider's Tweed overcoat
Sven Raphael Schneider’s Tweed overcoat

4. Avoid Zippers At All Costs

Yes, you can see them in ski jackets and functional jackets but an overcoat is a classic garment that is stylish, and as such, you’d go with buttons. In case you go with a duffle coat, you can also have wooden toggles.

Classic Double Breasted Herringbone Overcoat with dark scarf
Classic Double Breasted Herringbone Overcoat with dark scarf

5. Stand Out In Double-Breasted Overcoats

Yes, it’s true that single-breasted coats are the norm out there but double breasted ones make you stand out from the crowd and on top of that, they keep you warmer because they have two layers of fabric on top of each other versus a single-breasted, it just has one layer and it’s buttoned in the middle.

If you opt for a double-breasted overcoat, make sure it has peak lapels because that’s a classic style or an Ulster collar which is also appropriate for DB overcoats. Stay away from notch lapels in double-breasted overcoats because it makes it look like from the 80s and it’s just historically incorrect.

The hat makes you stand out even more
A hat makes you stand out even more

6. Don’t Forget The Hat

An overcoat is great to be worn with a hat because it keeps you warmer and because it’s a classic garment, it is stylish, a hat always works well together. For a darker, more formal overcoat, a fedora is an ideal choice. Alternatively, you can also go with a Homburg hat. If you want to be a little more casual, I suggest you go with a flat cap or a newsboy cap, and if you need to be really warm, you can opt for something that covers your ears such as maybe a sheepskin hat.

Personally, I live in Minnesota where the winters get really cold, but fortunately, I haven’t had to resort to those kinds of hats yet.

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