Today’s post is brought to you by Indochino and features their Essential Camel Military Coat.
It’s January and that means a good portion of the world is in the middle of winter – and for those of us who are, it means we’re freezing. The last couple of weeks in Utah have been insanely cold and I know other parts of the world haven’t faired any better.
As men become more and more style conscious, you will see a move away from nylon jackets and ski coats. My experience has been that the majority instead will start to pick up peacoats – which I strongly recommend. But, once you have that in your rotation, you’ll want to add something a bit more unique.
A great way to do that is with a military coat. While a peacoat has military origins, there are some distinct differences. A military coat will:
- Be either single or double-breasted
- Have a working belt so to secure everything a bit more. This also helps make your chest and shoulders look broader if you cinch it up a bit.
- Have epaulets on the shoulders
- Have a working throat latch so you’re covered up as much as possible on those bitingly cold days.
While it may look more casual because of the add-ons it’s still an entirely appropriate coat to be worn over a suit. If you’re going the custom or made-to-measure route, you’ll want to know the measurements of your suit jacket so you can ensure that the coat covers its jacket body and sleeves. If you’re getting one off the rack, I strongly recommend wearing in a suit or blazer to try on with the coat for the same reason.
Part of distinguishing your second coat from your Staple is getting a unique color. Navy, grey, and black are all drab, somber colors. There’s a reason they’re worn in winter but there’s also a reason to break from the norm. This coat is a camel color and it stands out without being garish.
This particular coat from Indochino allows you the option of a leather scarf strap. If you wear a scarf you know how easy it can be to misplace one after taking it off. This simple solution keeps it with your coat and makes it much more difficult to lose or forget. I find myself wearing a scarf more often now because I don’t have to worry about losing it.
Like their other clothing, you’ll have a good range of customization including vents, lining colors, pockets, and whether you want a single or double-breasted option.
Wear this like you’ll wear your peacoat and keep it rotating for some visual variety during the months where everyone else looks exactly the same.
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