Nov
8
2011
By
of Valet.
Coat Week
From military-inspired details to performance-minded materials, the best coats are the timeless designs that are adaptable, functional and warm.

The Car Coat

When your blazer or suit jacket isn't insulating enough on its own, a car coat will keep you warm and looking sharp. Often cropped just a few inches above the knee, they're trim in both the sleeves and waist. Think of it as younger and more streamlined than a traditional overcoat, but just as slick. The car coat rose to popularity in the early part of the 20th century, as automobiles became widespread in the US and well-dressed drivers needed a coat that would keep them warm. Originally made from melton wool, they're now available in a range of materials and patterns like tweed. The attributes that made them unique however—a flat front that prevented bunching at the waist and a shorter length which allows the legs to move freely—still come in handy today.

FYI

Instead of silk (which can rip and fray rather easily) many brands opt for more durable, breathable linings made from rayon, also known as Bemberg.
 
Options

Cashmere blend coat,
$219 (on sale), by Calvin Klein

Wool epsom coat,
$512 by Ted Baker

Herringbone wool
coat, $1,120
by Richard James

Camel wool,
$250 by
Banana Republic

Wool cashmere coat,
$398 by J.Crew

 

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