You saw it coming. The school buses are back in full force. The (in)famous Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks. Fall is here, people! You can run around in shorts and t-shirts as much as you like, but the seasons take no pity. The descent towards the holidays has begun and you need to reevaluate your coats.
Cold weather isn’t the friendliest of climates. It can be quite deceptive. In fall, sunny days are never what they seem. If you are an optimist in a long-sleeve tee, beware. The wind will do its best to convert you to a chilly pessimist. The best defense against these forces of Mother Nature is a coat. Whether a light jacket to fend off playful breezes or a heavy overcoat to block aggressive gusts, coats are like armor. Don’t get stuck in the cold! Stay warm in all situations with these five styles of coats.
The Trench Coat
The trench coat is the epitome of sexy on a man or a woman. Many great men have worn it over the years, from Sherlock Holmes to James Bond. And just look at what every female celebrity wears when walking in the rain. Trench coats are made in light and heavy varieties that are great for fall or winter. A light, trench coat will keep you warm and dry until the first snowfall. After that, switch to a heavy fabric lined with wool or camel hair. Some designs come with a removable lining so you can use the same coat for all seasons. This is no-nonsense business-chic at its best.
Some argue the peacoat is just a wool trench coat, but we think there are some pretty key differences. The peacoat is always double-breasted with military-inspired buttons. The material is always colored with dark neutrals such as black or navy blue. The ambiance is debonair. While a trench coat is flowing and semi-casual, the peacoat turns you into a proper upper-class citizen. It is the perfect substitute for formal parties and board meetings. If you want to wear something dark and retain your prestige, get cozy in a peacoat.
The Parka and the Puffer
When you mix Mean Streets with Into the Wild, you get the current decade’s biggest trend: streetwear with a rugged twist. In the summer, this means distressed jeans and a blazer or boat shoes with a grunge sweater. In fall, you have the parka and the puffer. Parkas have slightly less structure. The hairy lining left free to billow over the shoulders a little. It’s the coat for hikes or bar hopping. The puffer seals all its fur lining in, creating a sleek, “puffy” look more suited to city style. If you haven’t already drawn the comparison, these two are the city mouse and country mouse of coats. Start wearing them in mid-fall and they’ll last you until spring.
The Bomber Jacket
The trench coat may be James Bond, the bomber jacket is James Dean. You don’t wear this look, you rock it. The bomber was designed for aviators to repel intense wind speeds during open-air flights. On the ground, it keeps you warm and looking good. Tough leather usually does the trick. If you have this jacket, you should be wearing it right now. Seriously, go put it on and take a selfie. Then Instagram it to us: @RichardMagazine. Together we can make the Internet an awesome place.
You could wear any of the options above on a rainy day and escape unscathed. Why invest in a raincoat? If you’re serious about staying dry, cotton, wool, and even leather won’t cut it. A good raincoat’s primary focus is keeping you and your clothes untouched. It will have a tall collar to keep rain from seeping down your neck and a hood for the days you forget your umbrella. When another type of coat like leather or suede get wet, it will actually affect its appearance and even its function. Raincoats can easily withstand torrential downpours. Don’t ruin your nice coats in a fall shower. Buy a coat designed for wild weather.
Do yourself a favor and invest in some great coats this fall and winter. You may not need all five, but be sure to have at least two for backup!
— Timothy Vest