What type of coat to wear over a suit?

I am doing a 6 month internship and wear a suit to work every day. The colder months are fast approaching and I was curious as to what the best types of coats/jackets there are to wear over a suit jacket.

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Sep 16, 2013 - 9:52am

I like the trenchcoats from London Fog

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Sep 16, 2013 - 11:18am

Billy Reid has awesome coats. Unfortunately they are a bit pricey, but will last you a long time.

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:36pm
dipset1011:
googled caruso didn't find anything. Anyone else?

Caruso is a new line carried Bergdorfs/Neimans - price point is 1600
Also check out Canali top coats - price point 1500 but sales up to 30% put you at around 1040 with taxes

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:33pm

Not sure of your style/price point but here are some brands that are dece, alot of them are starting to go more slim fit as well.

J Crew
Uniqlo (Cheap)
H&M (Slim Fit and Cheap, will last you 1-2seasons)
Theory

Banana Republic
Kenneth Cole
Armani Exchange (I know what your thinking but their outerwear isnt bad)

If you want some qualified opinions head to

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or here

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=83398

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:37pm

+1 for Caruso.

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:38pm

+1 on the Banana Republic overcoat. I Just scooped one up today, make sure to get one size larger though they are a bit tight. I'm sure the BR's near you have a discount right now, i got mine for $95 marked down from $275!!!

They are more modern looking/fitting and slightly above the knee.

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Sep 16, 2013 - 1:17pm
Sep 25, 2013 - 11:42pm

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:44pm
monkay:
Would you normally wear one of these to an entry level interview? I feel like more established employees would wear these but I guess given the current weather they make sense

Actually, you must be thinking of top hat. That's what more established employees would wear.

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:45pm

dude, no matter how dumb you may look in a ski parka, even, you'll look better than if you show up with a runny nose, shivering. don't worry about style, worry about substance.

and listen - no interviewer is going to judge a college kid for not owning a topcoat. if they do - well, that interviewer's a prick and you don't want to work with people like that anyways. wear what you have with confidence and let your interview skills do the job for you.

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:46pm

Will Smith got a job in just a wife-beater and slacks so I wouldnt worry too much about your topcoat debate...

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:48pm

So is "topcoat" referring to an "overcoat", as in one that extends past the knees, or are we talking about a "topcoat" in the traditional sense that stops at or before the knees?

Not being an ass, just curious as to what everyone is wearing.

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:51pm

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:53pm

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:55pm

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:56pm

If you're NYC-based, hit up the Nordstrom's Rack in Union Square. Nordstrom's usual selection, limited a bit of course, but also marked down noticeably.

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Sep 25, 2013 - 11:59pm

Yes, haha. Vents are slits in the back of any coat.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:01am

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:02am

Good Black Wintercoats for men? I'm sick of shit that keeps ripping (Originally Posted: 11/14/2011)

I'm sick of the shit I buy from Macy's. I got this current wintercoat for $299 last December, and only wear it half the year, and already the fucking buttons are falling off.

I know what good brands are for suits and stuff, but I know nothing about coats.

I currently wear a long black wintercoat that goes down to a few inches above my ankles with a scarf and then tie and shirt inside it.

what are some good reliable coat brands (below $500 - saving my bonus for shit i actually need) that won't rip?

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:04am

I generally buy winter gear from LL Bean. It lasts forever.

A lot of people on WS wear peacoats. The look nice, but have gained popularity with hipsters lately., if you care about that. The also don't do much in the rain. Still, this one is solid:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/70786?feat=504714-GN2&productId=1189149&…

My feeling is that your winter coat need not be particularly good looking. You take it off once you get to work anyways. I have used this coat in a shorter length, and it is fantastic:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/56530?feat=504714-GN2&productId=1081998

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:05am

In descending order:

Custom cashmere topcoat: $1,000 - $10,000+
* I wear my grandfather's sometimes, and it's 60 years old: these things will last forever if you take care of them. Are a luxury, buy when you hit 'baller' status.

Sacks 5th Ave / Off-5th topcoats: $300 - $1,500
* I'll be buying one soon, they're pretty good and look almost like the high end stuff. Avoid anything 'fashionable' like Burberry or Armani, unless you're trying to get demoted or picked up at a gay bar.

Century 21 downtown: $90 - $400
* Decent coats that will last for a season or two, but probably the what you're dealing with now.

DO spend a few bucks extra on something nice because good ones are very warm and senior staff dig them (for whatever the reason). Just like with clothing, people can tell the difference between the real thing and a knockoff (especially older people) and just as with office attire, they will judge you based on your appearance. Fortunately, the women in my office like to play dress up so I don't need a fashion consultant or any of that nonsense, but invest in a good coat, take care of it, and you'll never have to bother with shopping for another.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:13am
UFOinsider:
In descending order:

Custom cashmere topcoat: $1,000 - $10,000+
* I wear my grandfather's sometimes, and it's 60 years old: these things will last forever if you take care of them. Are a luxury, buy when you hit 'baller' status.

Sacks 5th Ave / Off-5th topcoats: $300 - $1,500
* I'll be buying one soon, they're pretty good and look almost like the high end stuff. Avoid anything 'fashionable' like Burberry or Armani, unless you're trying to get demoted or picked up at a gay bar.

Century 21 downtown: $90 - $400
* Decent coats that will last for a season or two, but probably the what you're dealing with now.

DO spend a few bucks extra on something nice because good ones are very warm and senior staff dig them (for whatever the reason). Just like with clothing, people can tell the difference between the real thing and a knockoff (especially older people) and just as with office attire, they will judge you based on your appearance. Fortunately, the women in my office like to play dress up so I don't need a fashion consultant or any of that nonsense, but invest in a good coat, take care of it, and you'll never have to bother with shopping for another.

nice. will look into it!

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:08am

Not sure what you are willing to spend, but if you are looking for a good-quality coat to hold on to for a long-time, I'd recommend Krane Design. Their products are made in Canada.

For some further reviews, check here.

You could probably find one on sale if you do some searching.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:09am

Take a look at Charles Tyrwhitt. Saw that they had coats on sale for ~$350. I've never had their outerwear, but their shirts tend to be well built.

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:15am

[quote=Edmundo Braverman]All joking aside, I've been rocking a Driza-Bone for years now. Best winter coat I've ever owned. The oil-skin is completely water resistant, the coat is warm all by itself, but you can also buy a liner for it. You can get one for $249 online, but they used to be a lot cheaper (before they got popular).

http://www.drizabone.com.au/store/product/riding-mens-coat-black-s/[/qu…]

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:19am

Overcoat- 38'' vs 34''? (Originally Posted: 11/25/2011)

I'm 5'9''-5'10''
The 38'' overcoats seem to be too long, but I think 34'' is too short to wear over a suit...
Any opinions from more experienced :) ?

Thanks.

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:25am

Need a nice winter coat (Originally Posted: 12/14/2011)

It's starting to get cold and I'm in the market for a new one.

Either black or grey. I like coats that end at the waist (or very slightly below the waist). It could be a pea coat or zip up. Wool preferable but I just need to keep warm because I walk a lot in the city.

Budget: Trying to keep it at 300 but wouldn't mind going up to 400 if it's something really reallllllly jawesome.

Thanks!

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:28am
equity_player:
It's starting to get cold and I'm in the market for a new one.

Either black or grey. I like coats that end at the waist (or very slightly below the waist). It could be a pea coat or zip up. Wool preferable but I just need to keep warm because I walk a lot in the city.

Budget: Trying to keep it at 300 but wouldn't mind going up to 400 if it's something really reallllllly jawesome.

Thanks!

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:29am

Go to Century 21 downtown before 9AM and ask the nice old guy with gray hair and wide rimmed glasses for help: he worked at GS years ago and now works semi-retired in retail (he drove his wife nuts and she made him get a part time job...) He will help you find a coat for under $200 that will make you look good, and you will be indistiguishable from rich kids unless someone starts checking labels (CK/Polo v custom handmade).

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:35am

(Summer intern) waistcoat with suit? (Originally Posted: 09/10/2012)

Is wearing a 3 piece suit okay for a summer intern or is that one of the unspoken MUST NOT?

I realise there's quite a few differences with office fashion conventions between US and London/Europe. I'm talking about in London if it makes a differences..

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:37am

it definitely depends on where you are interning. A more formal firm would definitely want you to wear a suit, but an informal firm you can wear whatever everyone else is wearing. I don't think it would be stupid to call HR and ask what everyone wears

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:38am
ky0ung:
it definitely depends on where you are interning. A more formal firm would definitely want you to wear a suit, but an informal firm you can wear whatever everyone else is wearing. I don't think it would be stupid to call HR and ask what everyone wears

you might also want to inquire about the firm's policy on tophats while you're at it.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:44am

Where can I buy an overcoat? (Originally Posted: 12/24/2012)

With one of those brightly colored collars? I saw a guy wearing a coat with the collar popped, and the underside of the collar was bright red....it looked awesome.

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:45am
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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:46am

Normally I would do that ST, but on doing a quick search I didn't find anything similar to what OP was looking for... any chance you have a picture of said overcoat OP?

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:48am

newfirstyear:
With one of those brightly colored collars? I saw a guy wearing a coat with the collar popped, and the underside of the collar was bright red....it looked awesome.
For starters, go to a place like MySuitNY or Indochino and get one made for ~$500, it'll fit you perfectly and you'll have complete control over its customization. After my first SA gig as a sophomore and I had cash in my pocket for once, I wanted to buy a decent suit (and that collar felt was a must). I had so much trouble finding something that fit off the rack and also had the features I wanted, so I ended up buying my first MTM suit. Haven't gone back to OTR since.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:49am

Can't speak to the above mentioned places but in my experience if you wait until ~ late January you can score some great deals at stores like Nordstrom's etc.

Sep 24, 2013 - 8:02pm

I actually hate overcoats since they leave your chest exposed, which sucks when you are going no tie, unless you wear a scarf. Much prefer car coats that zip up, or lined trenchcoats.

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:52am

above your knees but halfway down your thigh....or BTs pic! lol

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:55am

Best/Appropriate Coats to Wear With Suits? (Originally Posted: 03/27/2013)

I don't really like wearing coats in the first place but it obviously gets cold especially in the city. I figure there will be some sales now that summer is coming so not looking to break the bank.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:57am

I used to wear a Barbour coat, after my first bonus I got a burberry trench, 3 bonuses later I got one custom made. Looks dope. Got bright blue under the collar so it gives it that pop when i got my collar popped yo.

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:58am

I second a Charles Tyrwhitt Charcoal covert coat but I would also recommend that you may also go for a custom tailored coat. My personal favorite is Crown Tailor based in Bangkok but they also travel to US around march. Here is the link to their website, you can contact and ask when would they be there. I for one can vouch for these guys, worth every penny. http://www.crowntailor.com Cheers!

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Sep 26, 2013 - 12:59am

Thanks guys. Are there particular styles which are acceptable to wear or not wear?

@Stryfe - I like the $300 recommendation. Would you also know other places like this that may have sales on coats?

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:00am

I have the J. Crew University Coat in grey and black and really like it.

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/outerwear/wool/PRDOVR~96037/96037.jsp

Right now they're on sale for $150 after 25% off and free shipping. Great coat and definitely warm enough for NYC/east coast. I've worn it over my suit a couple times and it fits/looks great. For size reference, I wear a 40R suit (40S in some brands) and have the "Regular - Small" size J Crew University Coat.

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:01am

Zzari:
I have the J. Crew University Coat in grey and black and really like it.

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/outerwear/wool/PRDOVR~96037/96037.jsp

Right now they're on sale for $150 after 25% off and free shipping. Great coat and definitely warm enough for NYC/east coast. I've worn it over my suit a couple times and it fits/looks great. For size reference, I wear a 40R suit (40S in some brands) and have the "Regular - Small" size J Crew University Coat.

Bad idea. You are going to want a long trench coat with a liner that zips out so you can use it both in the winter and summer. Don't get anything like a pea coat as the fibers will often stick to shirts. You are also going to want something that covers you legs while you are sitting on the subway/metronorth/path or even in a cab.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:05am

holla_back:

Overcoats you might eventually need as a grown-up who lives in New York:

-- Navy blue overcoat
-- Charcoal overcoat
-- Black Chesterfield coat

I have all 3. I recommend getting a heavier wool overcoat/chesterfield if you're in NYC.

A mac raincoat would also be good for the spring as well.

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:06am

Like others here, Charles Tyrwhitt Covert Coat

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:08am

Yes, I prefer Hugo Boss, Lagerfeld or Joop, in black or dark blue.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:09am

got one from tommy hilfiger, dark blue (would recommend this as well or black, but some people would probably hate that just like a black suit, dark blue/navy/whatever you want to call it will be safe), friend has one that looks exactly the same but from some other brand I don't recall now, most of them look exactly the same these days, just shop around and try them on to see how they fit and feel, don't just pick the name

oh, I would also suggest staying away from ankle length ones

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:11am

I have a Kenneth Cole one and a Jos Bank one. Jos Bank is much heavier for when the weather in Chi starts touching single digits. Probably going to get a Brooks one for myself for Christmas this year just to class things up a bit.

Also, I definitely wouldn't go ankle length, but I go 3/4's down to around the knees. I need it when that wind whips off Lake Michigan in January

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:12am

Burberry still makes great top coats

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:13am

Go for either navy blue or charcoal -- the only black coat you'll ever need will be a Chesterfield (which can also be charcoal). The topcoat/overcoat/whatever is a fairly necessary piece of clothing for an adult professional (meaning you won't regret buying a quality topcoat, so just fucking do it).

@carlfox -- Burberry is still great for raincoats, but I wouldn't recommend them for a basic topcoat.

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:16am

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a black top coat. Black is the most widely available color and the most common one I have seen. This isn't a suit we are talking baout.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:15am

Don't have one myself, but have always admired Billy Reid and have read that they have awesome coats.

EDIT: And at a reasonable price when compared with the likes of Burberry and other designer brands.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:17am

I have a top coat and thank you for this thread because it reminds me that I need a new one

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:20am

Fall jackets/coats (Originally Posted: 10/10/2013)

First fall coming up on wall street. I am wondering what to wear for the season. My office is business casual. Do most people wear sportscoats? My last fall jacket was a north face fleece so I need a little (lot) of help here. Thanks.

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:24am

London Fog Aiden coat, I'm about to purchase it, heard great things and has good color options. Going with the black though. On sale $99

Used some crappy peacoat last year, donated it to goodwill after the winter cause it was a POS. Don't remember the brand.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:23am

If you have the money for them, All Saints and Billy Reid have a few nice winter/fall coats.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:26am

invest in some thick wool cardigans, nice change of pace from coats

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:29am

Any Barbour or Patagonia fleece

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:31am

You can go for London Fog, Lexington Company or Ralph Lauren top coat and jackets. They have really nice collection of jackets with removable liner that can be used as a rainjacket in fall / spring and a winter jacket also.

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:33am

Topcoats for banking internships (Originally Posted: 12/02/2013)

Im thinking about purchasing the university coat from j crew and was wondering if i can use that as a top coat. i plan to wear suit and the university coat over the suit. it will be for winter internships in nyc. is it too casual or maybe too short to wear as a topcoat? thanks !!

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:34am

This looks like almost a cross between a peacoat and a donkey jacket. Both are considered casual jackets and should not be worn with a suit.

Having said that, if you are loking for a value purchase that you can also wear on campus it makes sense and you will get away with it imo.

However if you are looking for a dedicated work jacket it would be a no. Get something that finishes just above the knee...much sharper more professional look.

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Sep 26, 2013 - 1:36am

Thank you both for the comments! @Maherj1 .. Yes as you mentioned.. I am l wanna be able to wear it on campus as well.. So I guess for now I should purchase this one,?? So I am guessing as both of you mentioned,, that I should buy something that reaches down to my knee for more professional look... right?!

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