Cream double breasted coat by Alexandra Wood Bespoke Tailoring Savile Row, Shoreditch, Bishop's Stortford

Six of the best overcoats: The ultimate mens overcoat guide

Its the best time of year for an overcoat. Layer your coat with a suit, sweater and or shirt for the perfect, timeless look a man can wear. We discuss all the styles available:

I adore the overcoat. You can wear one with a t-shirt and jeans (not ripped ones please) and still look super stylish. one thing is for sure though, it must fit to perfection or the look will be lost. A made to measure or bespoke overcoat should be the key piece in your wardrobe and with so many exciting fabrics available, the world really is your Oyster. Contact us to have your very own designed and tailored for you

The Chesterfield overcoat

This is the original and classic business overcoat. Named after the Earl of Chesterfield, it was invented in the mid 19th century. it was the start of the coat we know today. The style has never changed, in general the length of the coat is to the knee. Choose slightly shorter for a more modern look, or longer for a more elegant look.

The Chesterfield overcoat usually comes in a grey or navy. This coat is both traditional and timeless. The contrast collar can be made from either a choice of suede or velvet.

You can also choose with two, side pockets or with an outside ticket pocket. I tend to say that the taller you are, the more detail you can add to your coat. Always opt for slightly slanted pockets, as they are more flattering, as they draw the eye to the waistline, creating a clever illusion of a slim waist. (This is one from our A/W 2017 collection which is now sold out)

The Ulster coat

This coat was made popular in the Victorian period, originally with a cape it was a heavy coat typically in tweed.

The Ulster is traditionally knee length. a double breasted coat with a notch lapel completed wit patch pockets with flap and half belt. This is a robust and heavy duty overcoat well suited for cold Winters. So, if the beast from the East returns, you know which coat to purchase sharpish.

The Covert coat

This is the sporty brother of the Chesterfield, its history is firmly rooted in the hunts of the late 19th century. Tailored from covert cloth, this heavy tweed would traditionally range from light green to a tan brown but more contemporary are Navy and Grey.

The covert coat is easily recognised with the rows of stitch details to the cuff and hem. Styles are much lighter than they used to be and a wider variety of colours; brown, green, blue and grey.

The Raincoat

The raincoat of Balmacaan, known by many names this overcoat has changed styles many times. From raglan sleeves, to the heavier cottons you see in a Burberry Mac to ours, which is super lightweight, which is ideal for the modern man who likes weightless clothing and ease of transportation. You can simply wrap this raincoat up and thrown in your bag, whilst it still remains its shape.

We can design yours in many different ways, with or without a belted waistline. We specialise in clean, classic pieces that will be timeless in your wardrobe. (This raincoat is available from our new, A/W 18/19 collection)

The Peacoat

The Pea coat is believed to have originated from within the Navy. Its style can vary but the traditional look is characterised by its short length, broad lapels, double breasted front, buttons under the collar and slanted side pockets.

With a warm, quilted lining, the peacoat provides protection even in the roughest seas. Add contrasting buttons, to make the look unique or why not go for an alternative colour..

We design made to measure overcoats and also sell ready to wear overcoats. New styles will be available online from November. To make an appointment for your made to measure option, contact us here.

The unstructured overcoat

This is one of my favourite new innovations. We have designed our new overcoat collection completely unstructured, with lined arms and nothing else. With the feedback being that you guys run a little hotter, why would you want a big, bulky overcoat?

This is the perfect balance between smart and casual oh and super comfortable!

See you soon,

Alexandra