How Can I Stay Warm And Still Look Great?

Dudes at my office wear parkas or bomber jackets over their suit on their way to and from work.  Dudes at my office look like idiots.  How do I wear a suit, stay warm, and not look like those dudes?


There are two classic solutions, F.  The good news is that both look like a million bucks and both will keep you nicely warm.  The bad news is that you are going to have to empty your wallet to get on board.  Men’s outerwear tends to come in exactly two flavours:  Shockingly expensive or total crap.  Pick your poison.

Now then.  Supposing that you – having shown some cutting fashion insight with your question – have decided that total crap is not for you, it’s time to get down to business.  You want to invest in either a high-quality trench coat with a removable lining, or a proper wool-and-cashemere overcoat.  The advantages of the trench is that you get three-season utility and a higher degree of protection from the driving rain and snow.  The advantages of the overcoat is that it will keep you warm no matter what butt-numbing temperatures the winter serves up and when you wear it you look like you can buy and sell lesser humans with your pocket change.  In an ideal world you would own both, but that’s probably not entirely realistic.  And remember to keep the colour traditional – black, bone, or taupe for a trench and grey, navy, or camel for an overcoat.  This is not the place to try and get funky.  Trust me.

If you can’t decide which way to go head down to your tailor and start trying things on.  And remember to wear a suit when you go – you need to feel the fit in a real world situation.

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