It might seem simple but wearing the wrong coat over a suit can ruin your whole look. Luckily for you, we've put together this guide on how to wear a coat over a suit. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.
How to Wear a Coat over a SuitIt's hardly an age old question but it's one that some men do find it difficult to answer. When you get it right hardly anyone will notice, get it wrong and you'll be regretting it all day. The wrong type of coat over a suit can undo all your hard work buying and styling a new suit. The best outfits will be complimented by a smart coat. If you're going to be wearing a tie, it's a great opportunity to inject some colour into your outfit.
The outfit below shows how easy it is to put a coat on top of your suit and look effortlessly good. Adding a scarf or some gloves are a simple way to compliment your look. The Idle Man long overcoat below is a perfect addition to a smarter look and doesn't take up too much room.
What Kind of Coat to Wear Over a Suit
Thinking about what sort of coat you're going to wear all depends on the suit that's underneath. Let's take a look at some of the suits that you could consider. As with any kind of outfit, it will work best if it fits well. If you end up walking around with a baggy coat that doesn't suit you, you won't look good. Try out a few different men's coat styles and see what works best on you. You should also chat with friends that have decent coats to see what sort of fit or brand they've got on. If you're particularly confident and you see someone on the street wearing something you love, ask them where they got it from. Everybody loves a compliment. Different coats will look better on certain suits and some colour combinations should be avoided.
Remember if you're just getting one coat to put on top of your suits you should think about whether it will go with the outfits you're going to be wearing over the winter. Darker colours are always better here. They'll match a lot of your suits and can wear them casually. Check out the outfit below to get a good idea of how a suit can work well with a navy coat.
Coats to Wear with SuitsMen's smart coats are everywhere but it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. It can depend on the kind of outfit you're wearing. If you're going to be heading into work during the winter you're going to want a business coat. Some coats are easily added to any outfit. If you're going for something that's a little harder to style make sure the suit you have that goes with it beforehand or you might end up with a coat stuck in your cupboard that you can't wear with anything.
Trench Coat over a SuitThe Trench is a classic of Men's fashion. It looks great in a smarter outfit and compliments most builds. If you can't find a trench coat that suits you, there are a few more options available. A classic colour is beige but the coat doesn't have to be as dull as beige's reputation.
Pea Coat over a Suit
Ideal office and weekend attire, the Peacoat will go well with both your casual and tailored outfits. The Peacoat is a jacket with a long history. Originally worn by sailors, the double breasted design is perfect for keeping out the cold. Once made of harsh wool it's now a lot more comfortable on your skin. The standard Peacoat fits slightly above the waist and well around your shoulders. The double breasted design can compliment bigger builds.
Double Breasted OvercoatIt can be referred to as a suit coat. The classic double breasted overcoat has to be the pea coat. Double breasted coats work well on big builds and often slim you down if that's what you want. They're broader design also means they can look very impressive when worn properly A classic double breasted overcoat has to be the trench coat. Another coat with a long history in Britain. The history of the Trenchcoat dates back to the 1850s with a design from Burberry being put forward for the British Army in 1901. There’s no denying it’s a classic look and today you can pick up Trench coats in a range of colours. There's a reason why this style's been donned by men for over a century and it's because it simply looks good.
Jackets to Wear Over a Suit
What jackets work best over a suit? There are quite a few options available. You're often limited because of the size of the suit jacket. It means you can't always put on the jacket you might like when you wear it with a T-Shirt because it simply won't fit over your shoulders when you've got a suit jacket on. You might be considering a bomber jacket, this could only work if you take the jacket off first. If you're looking for something you can wear with a shirt if gives you a few more options when thinking about what kind of jacket you can get. Take a look at some of the jackets below. They would work well in a smart suit look. Dickies have a well-fitted black jacket that is perfect with a shirt and tie as much as it is on top of a T-Shirt and skinny jeans. Alpha Industries make iconic bombers and their black bomber is complimented by their classic red tag on the arm.
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