The Overcoat Spectrum

Styling Tip

You'll want the arms to be a little loose in a topcoat, so you can wear them over a suit jacket. Or you could switch things up and throw it over a rugged denim jacket and chinos for a classier off-duty kit.

Established in 1805, Crombie is one of Britain's oldest brands. It specializes in knee-length topcoats ideal for winter weather, and gained a following among punk rock precursors like Teddy Boys and Mods. Now, the modern topcoat has been adopted by numerous brands and men of style alike. Sure, pea coats and other surplus-inspired jackets look great on just about any guy, but not all of them look as formal when worn over a suit. On the flip side, a proper topcoat worn over sweatpants and a pair of comfortable shoes is a look popularized by Internet influencers like Jake Davis. To say that it's a versatile piece of outerwear is an understatement. Here are a few we've got our eyes on right now:


Uniqlo, $100

From their new e-commerce site, this has a classic button-front closure with a touch of cashmere for softness.


Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, $265

Micah Cohen's birdseye wool interpretation is ideal for guys who want a trim, tailored fit.


Sandro, $685

The Parisian label gives the double-breasted topcoat a minimal feel by paring down the buttons.


Banana Republic, $250

A tweedy wool with luxe details like a velvet notch collar, and it's been treated for water repellency.


J.Crew, $398

Made from a wool-cashmere blend, you also have the option of adding a warm thinsulate lining on the inside.


Crombie, $1,275

Made from a covert twill, this iconic coat has a velvet collar and a fit that's been updated for modern tastes.


Published on

October 23, 2012

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