Temperatures are starting to drop and it’s that time of year that you realise you need a coat for the winter. We’ve got outerwear galore on our site, but if you’re not in the mood for trailing through stock we’ll go through some of the best coats that are guaranteed to keep you cosy this winter.
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Warm Winter Coats
It can seem like the search for a decent winter coat is endless, so as there are so many coats and warm jackets to choose from it’s a good idea to know what kind of thing you’re looking for. Do you want something that just focuses on keeping you warm, or could you compromise some heat retention for a more stylish design?
Are you looking for an everyday coat or something that’s going to be worn for smarter occasions? There are so many options to choose from regardless of what features you’re looking for, so without further ado, let’s get started.
Shearling Jacket for Men
A classic piece and one that’s come into its own over the last few years. The shearling jacket can come in many styles, from a subtle beige suede to a casual blue denim. There are light, spring-appropriate designs or heavier set winter ones, allowing you to embrace the casual, rugged look regardless of how the weather’s behaving.
Still, this is an article on winter coats, so let’s focus on them. If you’re looking for a warmer shearling design it’s best to go for a strong leather or real suede design, ensuring you’re working with materials that can best retain heat. You can go for a real shearling finish, or try one of the faux materials on offer. Regardless of if you go for a natural or man-made material, you’ll still be working with a stylish, striking design that’s great for the cold months.
Padded Jacket for Men
Not a great option if you’re looking for something sleek and tailored, but perfect if you’re in the market for a truly warm coat. The padded jacket has been a part of men’s wardrobes for years, and its statement puffed out design not only helps to keep you cosy, but it’s become a stylised look in its own right. It might not be for everyone but if you can pull it off then you should definitely give them a go.
Quilted Jacket for Men
Not just for hunting, fishing or strolling around the family estate, the quilted jacket has had a modern revival, making them an accessible part of everyday wear. While they’re not especially warm on their own, they’re the perfect layering piece, allowing you to transition them from spring to winter without any effort.
Different styles of quilted jackets can give off different vibes, so a traditional diamond style design tends to be associated with the upper-class gentry, giving it a more formal finish, while a plain design could be mixed in more easily with casual looks. Various brands have tackled this classic coat, and ones like Barbour’s and The North Face’s quilted jackets are an ideal choice if you’re looking for something sturdy and long lasting.
Parka Jacket for Men
The parka jacket has a long history that began with Inuits using seal skin to give them protection from the cold. Although the material didn’t catch on in the western world, the overall style and functionality did, and, with or without the furry hoods, parkas are now a classic part of winter outerwear.
The long design and traditionally green colouring makes them a bright addition to a casual look, and although this isn’t a coat that can be worn with a slick suit, they’re great for keeping you warm when you’re out and about.
Smart Winter Coats
Unless you’re dealing with a red weather warning then there’s really no reason to keep your outerwear solely practical. There’s plenty of coats out there that have a good balance of warmth and style, so you don’t have to throw a bulky puffer jacket on over a suit, and instead you can get your hands on a warm, tailored number that’s great for more formal occasions.
Peacoat for Men
Peacoats started out as standard outerwear for sailors, and quickly expanded to a more commercial audience due to their strong design and unique double breasted style. The traditional course twill material changed to softer cotton and wool blends over the years, and their gradual evolution has made them a staple part of menswear.
The most common, and warmest, peacoats come in the traditional double breasted design and versatile navy or black colouring, making them easy to throw on with a range of outfits. One good peacoat can easily be worn for both everyday looks as well as more formal styles, making them a great investment piece.
Trench Coat for Men
Trench coats tend to be the best option if you’re looking for something classic, slim fitting and versatile. Their long design, neat neckline and clean detailing makes they’re perfect for pairing with anything from a pair of jeans and a T-shirt to a full suit.
Tips For Keeping Warm
We can’t always rely on our coats to keep us warm in the winter and sometimes it’s so cold that even your most reliable coat fails at keeping the cold out. In these situations you’ll have to deploy a few techniques to stay warm that are easier than you might think:
- Wear a hat – You lose a lot of your heat from your head and throwing on a beanie is a great way to keep yourself insulated and stop your ears from feeling like they’re going to fall off. Gloves are also a great shout for similar reasons.
- Layer up – Rather than just wearing one thick coat, it’s a good idea to build up a few layers underneath. If it’s particularly cold you can wear a vest, T-Shirt, Jumper underneath your coat to keep your body temperature up.
- Waterproof – It might be an umbrella or a waterproof coat that stops you from getting drenched but both are great at keeping you warm. It’s a lot harder to retain heat if your clothes are wet.
The Best Warm Coats
- Have an idea of the style coat you’re going for before you start your search.
- Pea coats have a long history in menswear. They’re great for different body shapes.
- Parka’s are a popular coat because they are reliable.
- Trench coats are great in the winter.
- Quilted jackets might not keep you completely warm but they’re great to wear as part of a layer.
On That Note
Feeling cold during the winter shouldn’t be accepted, and the warmest winter coats for men don’t have to be Eskimo style pieces. You might love a pea coat or prefer a parka but either way there’s going to be a coat out there that will keep you warm. Most of these coats have stood the test of time, and their age just shows their success at keeping their wearer cosy.
Don’t be afraid to try something new with a winter coat. There are jackets and coats you can get hold of that look great on pretty much everyone, so don’t feel like you have to be stuck wearing the same style every year. If you haven’t seen something you love just yet, don’t worry. Check out the full site to take a look at all the coats available right now.