Five Ways to Update the Classic Overcoat

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We happen to think that one of the most versatile tailored pieces that you can add to your wardrobe is a classic overcoat. A well cut coat will see you through many winters ahead and will keep you warm, dry and impeccably stylish. 

The basic shape and style of the overcoat hasn’t changed much in the last century. But that’s not to say that they can’t also be contemporary. The great thing about such a simple and classic shape is that it’s really easy to experiment with and update.

Why not try…

  1. Wearing your collar popped. This is a fun way to wear your existing overcoat in a new way. Assuming it has a fairly structured collar, try wearing it with the collar folded up instead of down to add a bit of attitude to your tailoring. 
  2. Experimenting with colour. There are no rules to say that overcoats need to be black, grey, navy or camel. A traditionally cut coat in a non-traditional colour can be a very versatile way to make a statement. 
  3. Go for oversized. Most overcoats on the high street are slim fitting. Subverting this by wearing oversized can be an eye-catching way to bring something new to an otherwise ubiquitous look.
  4. Choose a bold print. Feeling really brave? We love the look of a big print on an overcoat. An exaggerated check in neutral colours is an individual look classic enough that it won’t seem dated by next season.
  5. Add a belt. A belt can make a big difference to the silhouette of your overcoat. Whether you choose a very structured belt or a tied robe-style belt, this can really transform the look of the overcoat.

Does your wardrobe boast a beautiful overcoat? If not, now is the time to speak to your tailor about commissioning one in time for the winter.