Looking Slick While Keeping Dry
Make heavy coats a part of your style. Wearing a hideous raincoat on top of an impeccable outfit undoes all the effort you put into getting dressed. There are plenty of options for men’s waterproof jackets that are both functional and look great.
A heavy duty coat that will keep you toasty warm, there is a trench coat to suit every man. Double breasted trench coats give you an imposing figure and look more stylish than single breasted. Plenty of buttons- many of which are ornamental only- are one of the defining and eye-catching features of a good trench. They usually have a belt around the middle, but it’s up to you whether or not to wear your coat belted.
Trenches are long, sitting a few inches above the knees. However if you’re short, you’ll look ridiculous in a long coat. The longest you can go without looking like a kid playing dress-ups is mid-thigh length.
Trench coats were pioneered by Burberry, which still has a great range today. However there are plenty of more affordable options- just make sure that whatever you get fits well.
The beauty of a trench coat lies in its versatility- you can wear it over almost any outfit, from office wear to casual. Every man should own one.
A sturdy sport coat has the sophistication of a tailored blazer but the durability you need for wet weather. Sport coats are a little too smart looking to have a hood, so are best suited to overcast days when it’s not bucketing down. Pair one with straight cut jeans and a turtleneck top to look stylish when the weather is against you. Accessorise with a scarf and gloves for the finishing touches.
Bomber jackets are the perfect fit for guys of a smaller build. As they stop at the hip, they won’t make you look short; and the extra bulk they add to your torso won’t go astray either. Plenty of bomber jackets are actually waterproof, and they’re sufficiently warm, so a quality bomber jacket makes for a versatile trans-seasonal piece.
One part functional and zero parts fashionable, rain jackets should be reserved for when you really need them. An abundance of drawstrings and pockets can never look good. If you’re really keen on them, a plasticy mac can be cool in a retro way- perhaps the best way to wear one is by choosing the shiniest, brightest yellow one you can find. At least that way you are in on the joke.
A raincoat is meant to go over your entire outfit, on a cold day. That means it has to sit well over multiple, thick layers. It shouldn’t be a snug fit on your bare skin. Look for coats with plenty of give around the shoulders and under the arms, or you’ll look like a marshmallow in a coat too small to accommodate you and your heavy sweater under it.
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