Call it a topcoat, camel coat, car coat, polo coat…this jacket goes by many names. One thing is certain though, it’s a staple in a well-dressed man’s wardrobe.
While the classic overcoat has been a functional mainstay in men’s fashion for hundreds of years, this variation came into prominence with the introduction of convertibles and open-top cars during the early 20th century. It was a great way to stay warm, while stylishly battling the elements, from the seat of a convertible.
Sports cars aside, this jacket is a versatile classic that’s perfect for a vast range of situations. Be it a commute to the office, a night of bar hopping, a lazy Sunday walk, or coaching the Packers to the first Superbowl title (Lombardi was a fan of these jackets too), this coat just works.
If you don’t already own a camel topcoat, consider investing in one. You won’t regret it.
Here’s three of the hundreds of ways to wear it.
1. Casual Weekend
When choosing between topcoats, length is an important decision.
The most versatile choice hits about halfway between the upper thigh and knee.
Anything shorter is too casual to wear over a suit and a coat that falls below the knee is inherently dressy, not suited for a laidback weekend look like this one.
Camel is also a great choice to stand out from the usual sea of black, charcoal and navy outerwear – without the unnecessary flash of a bold color.
Pairing camel with white is one of my favorite color combos. I often wear this coat with white jeans, in the Spring and well after Labor Day…post on that coming soon.
- Tortoise shell prescription glasses (w/ clip on shades) by Garrett Leight
- Camel topcoat by Rugby Ralph Lauren
- White/navy striped sweater by Saint James
- Blue washed jeans by Ralph Lauren
- Green needlepoint belt by Smathers & Branson
- Blue camp socks by J. Crew
- Tan suede desert boots by Clarks