When it’s chilly enough that you need some insulation—but your winter coat’s way too warm—a light overcoat can do the trick, whether it’s a trench coat, mac, or peacoat. Another good thing about these is that they go with smart clothes … but also make casual clothes, like jeans and a t-shirt, look more adult.
Stylist, Millie Rich
A good, mid-weight coat can be much more versatile than you'd think," says Millie. "Throw one on to make casual clothes look smarter, and formalwear seem a bit more relaxed.”
Fancy a coat outside your usual budget? Here's how Millie would rationalise the splurge:
“These coats are versatile enough that you'll wear yours at least four times a week from now till December—and again from March to May. For a £300 coat, that comes down to less than £3 per wear.”
Hang your coat on a wooden hanger that’s at least a few inches deep; it'll quickly lose its shape if you hang it on a peg or wire hanger.
Trick question! Go as simple as possible and you'll get a coat that's easier to wear than anything with lots of details (like elements in contrasting colours or lots of patch pockets).
In most cases, either one will work. Double-breasted designs can feel a little more formal and old school, so they’re harder to wear with something as casual as a hoodie.
Single-breasted styles will work as well with a suit as a sweatshirt, so you might find these more versatile.
In the 1942 film Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Burberry trench transformed him from a plain forty-something New Yorker into the mysterious (and dashing) Rick Blaine.
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