Menswear Look of the Week: The Topcoat

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It’s time we have a serious conversation about winter outerwear. But let’s start with poll. How many coats do you have in your closet? Three? One? None?

I get a sense that most guys own at least one or two coats—probably a peacoat and a coat with some kind of hood. Owning a couple of coats, or even just one coat, is more than fine; it’s worn only a few months a year, after all. But think about this: During cold months, this is what most people will see you wearing every single time you’re out and about. Because of this, having top-notch outerwear is a necessity. Here, we give you five reasons to own a camel topcoat, our top pick for winter outerwear.

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5. It’s versatile.

You’ll wear this coat with anything and everything. Day or night, casual or formal, it’s a stunner. Here, we’ve styled this for the Brits with micro plaid pants, a crisp oxford—which you should button all the way up and wear tie-less if you’re into this kind of look—and horse-bit loafers with red stitching for a tiny dose of that pop-punk vibe.

4. It’s warm.

And it has the potential to be warmer. Depending on the size and if you have it tailored, you could easily fit this jacket over a suit. It is a topcoat, after all.

3. Camel coats stand out.

When you’re swimming in a sea of puff coat-laden folks wearing all-black, you’re guaranteed to get some looks in this coat—and in a good way.

2. Your lower half will thank  you, too.

Because the average topcoat length hits at the knees, you’ll have more coverage, which means more warmth. The difference between wearing a longer coat and one that hits at the waist is monumental. Infinitely more warmth here.

1. It’s sharp.

Which is a given. But think “sharp” as in “thinking outside of the box.” Most guys go for black or gray jackets. Trust me—I have my fair share of both. But if you didn’t know beforehand that this kind of coat garners attention, you know now. A friend recently gave me an old coat like this one, and the first time I wore it out, I felt inherently more confident—and warm, which I think is my main point here.

Stay warm, gentlemen. The camel topcoat is your friend.

Topman topcoat ($170 at Nordstrom); Ted Baker shirt ($195 in similar styles at Moris Men’s Shop); Ben Sherman pants ($150 in similar styles at Moris Men’s Shop); Donald Pliner loafers ($288 in similar styles at Mister Guy); Filson tote ($120 in similar styles at Devil City); Oliver Peoples glasses ($440 at The Eye Bar)

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