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Why this is the season of unexpected outerwear

Why this is the season of unexpected outerwear

At this time of year, busy streets are awash with navy overcoat after navy overcoat. Of course, we will forever stand by the single-breasted overcoat; it stands the test of time and looks good on any man. At the same time, the clothes you choose to wear offer you the opportunity to say something about yourself. Injecting a bit of personality and trying something unexpected is no bad thing. In fact, we actively encourage shaking things up, and this is the season to do it. 

From voluminous silhouettes and novel fabrics to unexpected colours, these three styles will ensure that the most-seen item in your wardrobe is the most compelling part, too.

An unexpected comeback

Make an old favourite feel new again by resurrecting the classic duffle coat. With roots in the British Royal Navy, the duffle coat was popularised by artists and students in the 1960s – and, lest you forgot, it was also the outerwear of choice for Paddington Bear himself. Characterised by its traditional toggle buttons and roomy fit, the duffle coat is actually the only classic gentleman’s coat that has a hood. And who doesn’t love a hood in wet weather? Duffle coats err on the casual side, so look best when paired with off-duty garb – think jeans, a t-shirt, and a cool cardie. We guarantee you’ll wear it almost as well as our furry friend.

An unexpected colour

Going for a colour other than navy, brown, black, or camel in winter doesn’t have to be seen as ‘daring’, per se. Wearing a coloured coat can add some much-needed zest to cold-weather dressing, and orange in particular feels autumnal but isn’t as polarising as, say, neon pink. Despite being a statement colour, orange is startlingly easy to add to your clothing and works well with navy and off-white hues. Not ready for an orange overcoat? A practical down jacket keeps things casual and fun, while also promising to keep you toasty in sub-zero weather.

An unexpected silhouette

Turn your classic outerwear into a hero piece by simply opting for a longer length. Not strictly reserved for spies on a secret mission, long-length coats have a loose, almost voluminous silhouette that works faultlessly with both formal tailoring and casual gear. If you’re a sucker for a sophisticated trench coat, opt for one that falls to or below the knee to lend a point of difference and a touch of drama. Choosing one made of wool offers the added bonus of winter warmth.

Words: Ashiana Pradhan
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Alexander McCalla