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A Review On Overcoats

Overcoats are not made just to protect you from the cold. They were created to make you look good. Compare a man with a crisp overcoat entering a restaurant with a man who came in without one. The former will certainly look better.

Indeed, in cold regions overcoats are considered a man’s staple accessory, but which is the right overcoat for you? There are many different of overcoats out there, but only one will match your specific frame.

Custom Overcoats

Among the plethora of overcoats, a custom overcoat will always be just right. These overcoats are patterned on your physique. Hence, every detail is made just for you. Good tailors will see the fine detail that will match the occasion you have in mind. You can ask the tailor to follow a specific type of overcoat or simply choose an unconventional design. Either way, rest assured your custom overcoat will give you the best fit and best look you deserve.

A custom overcoat will encompass everything you need, according to your preferences. You can also opt to follow a particular style. Don’t confuse the overcoat with the topcoat (lightweight) or the greatcoat (heavy and bulky), because the overcoat is in a class on its own.

Here are some of aspects to consider when choosing an overcoat.

Fabric

When choosing a fabric for your overcoat, make sure you select one made of 100 percent wool. Heavier coats signal durability. Check that the coat weighs at least four pounds. Try to avoid cashmere, since it often doesn’t last that long. The first signs of wear are normally found on the cuffs. Another thing about cashmere is that it attracts moths. You can actually find overcoats that make use of both wool and cashmere. It would be best if the cashmere comprised a smaller percentage than the wool.

Sleeves

Coat sleeves must always be longer than the shirt cuff. This means they will cover both the suit sleeve and the shirt cuff. This serves not only the “look” but also the functionality you need from overcoats. Having this ideal length will help protect you from the cold.

Length

Overcoats should extend to the ankles. Full-length coats are the usual choice for many gentlemen due to their versatility. They can complement any figure – large, slim, muscular, and even “rounded” gentlemen. There are also knee-length coats, which are ideal for those with trim bodies.

Fit

Since overcoats are worn on top of a suit jacket, it would be best to wear the latter when you buy an overcoat. This way, when you fit the overcoat, you will know it really “fits.” Your comfort is also important. Just make sure that when you button the overcoat ugly wrinkles don’t appear.

Construction

Overcoats are meant to last a long time. Good quality overcoats make use of sewn canvas, while the cheaper alternative would have fused canvas. A sewn canvas overcoat is simply more durable. Although sewn canvas can be a bit expensive, a fully canvassed overcoat is a great choice. Avoid the glued variety because it will just give you headaches after some time.

Style

The style of the overcoat depends on your preferences. Single-breasted overcoats have a notched lapel and can be worn on different occasions. On the other hand, double-breasted ones are considered more formal and are ideal for cold weather since the two layers of fabric afford better protection.

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Kinds of Coats

Chesterfield 

This is the oldest known type of overcoat. The coat does not have waist seams; it has a single-breasted fly front and a short notched lapel. It has straight side pockets and no cuffs. These coats often go up to the knee.

 

 

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Covert Coat

Used often for hunting, covert coats look similar to Chesterfield coats and are normally worn to protect wearers from weather and bush scrub. This coat is heavy, durable, and sturdy. More recent covert coats are not so heavy, and are still very durable. You can easily identify these coats since they are single-breasted, with fly fronts. They also have notched lapels. You can also find a center vent, and often the collar is made out of covert cloth. The covert coat can be your best partner for casual wear.

 

 

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Trench Coat

One of the most famous coats is the Trench coat, named as such because it was first worn by soldiers in the trenches during World War I.

 

 

 

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Paletot

This is a short, single- or double-breasted fitted overcoat. It might have no pockets or one. The button arrangement of Paletot coats is often 6 x 2. The top buttons aren’t often buttoned, and the lapels are almost always peaked. Without a belt, this coat would have a flat back.

 

 

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Ulster

Ulster coats were originally named after the region of the same name in Ireland. The inhabitants of Ulster were fond of tweed overcoats. The Ulster overcoats have a long, roomy look, and are double-breasted. Ulster coats are ideal for very cold weather because they protect the neck from the elements. These coats are also very durable and are often worn by outdoor lovers.

 

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Polo Coat

Of course, who wouldn’t recognize a Polo coat? Originally from England, this coat was worn by polo players and used as an overcoat by members of the Ivy League. Now, more men opt for it. It is made of camel hair, but also comes with a wool blend. It has a full belt or half belt.

 

 

Indeed, there are many overcoats available in the marketplace, but make sure you find the right fit to bring out your best look. Invellus Custom Clothiers does make custom overcoats so please contact for more information at service@invellus.com or via 800-245-6747.