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Oct 22, 2014 - 4:48pm

How much are you willing to spend? I personally think that coats are one of those things worth investing in as you will be wearing a high quality one for years.

I quite like some of the overcoats suitsupply currently has in stock - especially the pure wool light brown one (looks great with both navy suits and even jeans when paired with some smart looking shoes). The navy ones are obviously more versatile.

If you want to go for something more classic/English, Aquascutum and Crombie have a decent selection and their quality is great.

I personally try to stay away from most designer brands (Zegna, Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo etc.), but the one thing I have never been able to resist is Burberry coats. I own several and can vouch for their quality, though you can certainly get better quality at a lower price elsewhere. Where they truly differentiate themselves is the more modern fit (especially Burberry Brit) and their designs, which I find to be much more appealing than most other brands I have seen.
I really like this classic pea coat:

And I own this one:

I wear it without the hood and it looks great when worn over a suit but also works just fine with a dark pair of jeans and white sneakers or chinos of virtually any color.

It's difficult to give such broad advice though. Which price range did you have in mind and which styles do you generally like?

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:55pm

If it's a first coat for work and you live in a cold weather climate a longer length overcoat is a staple. I prefer 3/4 length. Dark color, I do black personally. Then go for camel. I like all of the above but for a staple, that works. Spend as much as you can as they can last forever. I've had the same RL Purple label for probably 10 years.

Nov 2, 2014 - 4:12am

Depends on how cold it gets. Used the same three coats from Barbour the last 4-5 years. If hell freezes over, I'm all in on a bulky North Face jacket.

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Nov 2, 2014 - 2:27pm

Charles Tyrwhitt has some great office coats for $400 each. Great cut as well. The brits know their coats.

Nov 2, 2014 - 2:27pm

Charles Tyrwhitt has some great office coats for $400 each. Great cut as well. The brits know their coats.

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Nov 2, 2014 - 6:59pm

If this is the east coast, and you don't plan on walking very far, fine, I don't disagree with the comments.

For everyone else, though, you should really consider a North Face parka (or Columbia, or Patagonia, or EMS). Great for camping, skiing, ice climbing, and visiting in-laws and fits over a two piece suit just fine. Get the matching fleece and leave it on the back of your chair at work if it's cold there. It keeps you much more comfortable.

There's nothing wrong with the wool jackets, but they are really designed for people to make it from the BMW or Jaguar to the front door, not for walking more than a few blocks in the winter if there's a lot of wind or precipitation involved. I think the North Face jacket just has a lot of versatility. There are going to be times when your friends want to walk 8 blocks somewhere, or you will want to visit Central Park in February and it gets windy, or you want to go skiing. A winter parka is not a classic look, sure, but it keeps you warmer. Wind does not seep through like it would with the wool coat and you stay warm underneath.

If you moved somewhere cold from somewhere warm, get the winter parka and fleece jacket first. Then think about a classic formal wool jacket if you are trying to win style points and it isn't that cold or you don't need to walk that far.

Nov 3, 2014 - 2:33pm


Thanks guys, I will look into all your recommendations once I am less busy at work. This is for London btw, so it won't be as freezing cold as in NYC.

I should begin with a caveat that I rarely get cold unless it's absolutely freezing (as in -5 to -10c, obviously with a coat but I don't need a very heavy thing until that point) but when I lived in London I got away with a 3/4 length rain/trench coat with a liner. Something like this:,de… and just had scarves and gloves. London's not terribly cold at all so you'd never need a parka or something designed for really cold US northern winters (Chicago, Boston) and since it's a more formal city, especially if you're a City worker, stay more formal with a coat like I've posted above or I'd go for a simple, dark, long wool overcoat. The rain coat worked well in London because it always seemed that it was about to rain every day in the winter (although it didn't that often). And unless you're in tech or advertising, I'd stick with formal. London's one of the last of the really formal cities. It sounds like this is your first professional world coat so stick to a relatively basic design and add another one next year, or at some point in the future. In addition, the Brits always loved scarves-that's where you can kick it up and add some personality.

Regarding parka's in general for business attire (suit and tie to work), I'd advise against it except for the coldest of days. It's a personal preference and probably due to my business in particular (I've always been in PE, in big cities, in formal offices, and in investor, client or portfolio company facing roles so I often don't just stay at the office all day) and I'm just not a fan of the suit and parka. I will admit that there were a few days when I lived in Boston when the temp, pre-wind chill, was -10f and I threw on the parka and practically my ski pants, but in general I'm not for it. No offense meant to those who do. Different strokes.

Nov 8, 2014 - 11:45am

I don't see any huge problems with going to work in it, but I worked in trading not IBD, so things may be a little too formal for parkas there. Also a puffy down liner looks a little overkill if you wear it inside the office while a lot of people wear fleece jackets.

Actually I really don't like the down liner here. The shell/parka is fine, but down loses its insulation if you get it wet. I would not go skiing or winter camping or ice climbing in this. Replace the down liner with a Patagonia fleece that can zip in and you're good.

Either Patagonia knows something about the waterproofing that I don't (probably the case), or they screwed up on this jacket- because I don't remember down handling water gracefully. Make sure you investigate this a lot more before you plan on spending several hours outdoors away from warm buildings or cars.


If you plan on going skiing, think about a fleece or synthetic liner instead. Patagonia parkas are *pretty* good but they aren't perfect and it's easy to get your liner wet if you're going to spend a full day out in the cold, especially if you're moving quickly (EG on skis) and there is a lot of snow on the ground.

Nov 3, 2014 - 2:11pm

This could work instead, but you will need to buy the fleece separately. Also I don't necessarily endorse any Ebay sellers. You can occasionally buy counterfeits on both Ebay and Amazon and it's caveat emptor. If you're willing to be seriously thrifty, you can probably get your best deals used and also suffer less of a counterfeit risk.

North Face is sort of the gold standard of cold weather gear. Watch collectors might compare them to a Patek or something. I have a 12 year old jacket that still looks new and they come with a lifetime warranty. Just make sure you buy a real one.

Nov 7, 2014 - 4:41pm

I never noticed the Paypal credit thing before... now even ebay purchases can be done like the QVC channel at 28 a month for 6 months.

Nov 8, 2014 - 11:47am

in the south, fratagonia is a staple. I've only owned nf and patagonia stuff, never arcteryx, mountain hardware, any of that, but I've found that patagonia quality is a notch above north face, if a tad pricier. REI has sales after every christmas, you can usually scoop up a jacket for 30% off retail. where I am there's rarely snow so fit, weight, and windproofing are more of a concern, and patagonia wins there I think.

regarding the formal stuff, a trenchcoat with removable lining is crucial. I wear mine when I visit the city in winter and during hurricane season (sans liner) at home. timeless look and oh so functional

Nov 3, 2014 - 2:06pm

I work in consulting. I was planning on just wearing the shell over my shirts/suit jacket (when I wear one), not the down. Thanks for your opinion.

Nov 6, 2014 - 10:16pm

Burberry or Moncler if you wanna be trendy.

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Nov 6, 2014 - 11:12pm

jcrew overcoat. Can't believe they expect people to wear it over a suit. I suppose if you have tooth pick arms, but even the it's a stretch.

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:44am

Winter Coat? (Originally Posted: 10/17/2009)

As winter is approaching, I'm looking to buy a warm jacket to wear over a suit. Any brand suggestions that are warm and look good? I know for suits you want 2 button, navy or charcoal, etc. Any similar fashion rules for topcoats? Do people get coats tailored as well? Looking for one in the $200-$300 range on sale (no Zegna or Hermes).

Something like this:…

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:47am

Definitely make sure it isn't too baggy in the middle. You don't want to have an overcoat tailored because it's more expensive than a standard jacket. The shoulders have to be perfect on them too because you can't really change that while you could get the middle tailored if necessary. I would personally rock the 100% cashmere, but that isn't in that price range. If you are a size 42 I have a calvin klein just like that I dont wear haha.

Also, I'm assuming you aren't older if you are asking this, but older guys tend to wear the full length topcoats that go down. It's a younger look to have a 3/4 length overcoat instead that falls midway between your wait and your knee.

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:49am

Also, I'm assuming you aren't older if you are asking this, but older guys tend to wear the full length topcoats that go down. It's a younger look to have a 3/4 length overcoat instead that falls midway between your wait and your knee.

For something to go with a suit, though, I'd go with a full-length coat, regardless of age. And for more casual wear (a coat for when you go out, for example) 3/4 is a good bet.

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:50am
I would personally rock the 100% cashmere, but that isn't in that price range.

If you're in the city, check out century 21 or the sale racks at bergdorfs/saks, I've seen great 100% cashmere topcoats for

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:57am

[quote=GoldenEagle9]What do you guys think about this coat? Looks nice to me and good deal IMO.…]

Looks like a pretty good deal if you can find your size. Though you should check the material if it's soft and warm. If you can get it with free shipping then you can always return it for a full refund if it's no good.

Nov 20, 2014 - 2:00am

what color do you guys recommend? 3/4 length or full?

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Nov 20, 2014 - 1:59am

goldeneagle, i'd be weary of geoffry beane - i've bought some crappy stuff by them.

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Nov 20, 2014 - 2:02am

I highly recommend checking out Century 21 for coats in that price range. I got a 3/4 length black jacket, Kenneth Cole that I am very happy with for like $219 I think (marked down from $495). Most of their stuff is either overstock or last years model, but honestly who cares. At least if you are looking for coats for 200-300 you probably aren't concerned what year it is. They have coats from $100 to $2000, Polo, Burberry, etc.

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Nov 20, 2014 - 2:07am

Not liking the collar on that. Check your local TJ Max, I got a wool Ralph Lauren coat similar to that for 89.99 =)

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