Man in winter coat

The 5 Winter Coats Every Man Needs

Don’t be caught unstylishly in the cold this winter.

December 2016

Winter dressing is easy when you have the essentials at your disposal. Take an inventory of your outerwear, donate what you no longer wear and make a holiday wish list for what you need instead. Treat yourself to a new wardrobe staple or drop a not-so-subtle hint to the stylish gift-giver in your life.

The Overcoat

This gentlemanly standard is designed to wear over a suit, but it’s versatile enough to pair with anything from dark denim to a classic tuxedo. Men’s overcoats should be tailored and snug at the shoulders yet wide enough to be comfortably layered over a blazer. Overcoats can be knee-length or longer, and single- or double-breasted. Look for a trim silhouette with a notched lapel in a simple, subdued color.

The Pea Coat

This Navy-inspired, all-American classic can work with everything from office attire to weekend wear. Pea coats are typically double-breasted with broad lapels and large buttons, and it should hit at the hips. For classic styling, keep all the buttons buttoned and tuck a light scarf under the lapels.

The Winter Parka

Rugged and sporty, the parka is designed to endure the harshest winter weather without compromising style. For maximum warmth and comfort, choose one that hits the mid-thigh and comes with a fur-lined hood. Drawstrings at the waist, hem and hood can give an extra level of protection against chilly wind and snowfall.

The Lightweight Puffer

A cold-weather staple, the quilted puffer has become every man’s go-to casual coat. Pass on marshmallow-like bulk in favor of a slim-fit down or synthetic fill. It’s surprisingly warm and comfortable, making it the perfect choice for casual weekend outings or winter weather hikes.

The Leather Jacket

No men’s item is as iconic and timeless as the leather jacket. Here’s the only rule for choosing yours: it should make you feel amazing. You can’t go wrong with a bomber, a moto or an aviator; distressed brown, sleek black or light camel; studded, zippered or hooded. The leather jacket gives your wardrobe just the right rock ’n’ roll touch.