We’ve been doing plenty of “heavy fabrics and layering instead of big coats” lately, but then Old Man Winter came through and put an abrupt end to that sh-t.
It’s now officially freezing cold in NYC. The type of cold that calls for a winter suit and a monster coat.
Here are three of my go-to “not f-cking around” winter coats.
1. Vintage Military Parka
I’m a big fan of combining something new, like this bespoke suit, with something old, like this military parka.
I found this coat at a vintage store a couple years ago and had my tailor Franklin slim it down through the body and sleeves. It’s an absolute beast. Weighs probably 10 pounds. Like most clothing manufactured for the military, it’s built to last through the harshest of conditions.
My favorite detail on this jacket is the hood zipper, which allows me to change the coat’s silhouette. Unzipped, the shearling-lined hood lays flat over the upper back (see above). Zipped, the hood takes a more functional shape (see below).
Typically, I try not to a wear knit hats with a suited look because they tend to squash and ruin my hairstyle. A hood is nice because it can protect your head and face from the elements without the hard compression of a beanie. Once I get inside I can just run my fingers through my hair and the ‘do’ comes back to life.
On another note, light grey and brown is an underrated color combination.
In the winter, good suits deserve good boots.
- Vintage olive parka
- Light grey wool suit jacket by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston #AR A866/8)
- Grey stripe contrast collar shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label
- Brown wool tie Vintage
- Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts & Willard
- Brown suede chukka boots by Massimo Dutti