As the weather's been so warm lately, I haven't actually shopped for many heavier jackets yet on my personal shopping trips for men. But that'll all change this week, as the temperatures have plummeted, and jackets & coats will be top of the shopping list.
So, I've been getting ahead of myself, and having a nosey around online, and I think I'm highly likely to be buying at least some of these jackets with my clients in the coming weeks.
I've posted many times before about Autumn Winter jackets for men, and the ones I feature seem to follow a rough pattern, and nearly always include a bomber jacket, a peacoat, a mac, and more recently a heavier over-shirt or chore jacket.
I always try to find ones that are a smarter alternative to your "dog-walking" jackets (aka functional, waterproof jackets that aren't particularly stylish) but not as formal as an overcoat, as this seems to be the gap in a lot of my clients' wardrobes.
This over-shirt is one that I have actually bought with someone this week, and it looked fab on him. Made in a beautiful wool and cashmere mix, it's definitely more jacket than shirt but it's really soft and drapey, and not too stiff which makes is super comfy to wear.
It could go with smarter grey flannel trousers and a button down shirt for work, chinos, a heavy weight tee and trainers for going out, or jeans, and a sweatshirt and boots for the weekends. A pretty good all-rounder me thinks.
Navy wool & cashmere overshirt - Slowear - £660
I haven't actually seen this one in person, but I love it and have someone in mind who I think would look great in it! The chest pockets will be really flattering for someone with a bit of a tummy - as it draws your eye up to the chest area and skims away from your middle. Plus, the vertical zip pockets don't add bulk to that area, and it also has inside pockets which are always very handy.
If like most men, your wardrobe is wall to wall navy and grey, the olive colour will make a welcome change, but still tone in with the other neutrals. The length looks a bit longer than a regular bomber jacket, so it could be worth a try if you're tall. Helpfully it does have the measurements of the back length on the website so check against one of your other jackets.
Portland Pocket jacket in moss green - Private White V.C. - £550
I just don't think you can go too far wrong with a peacoat, can you? They're smart but casual at the same time, simple and elegant, and a great classic to have in your wardrobe. And if you find it a touch too classic for your style, then just add an oversized scarf for a bit of drama.
You just need to get the fit right so it's not too long in the sleeves or body, and doesn't pull across the chest or tummy. You can easily have the sleeves shortened but keep trying different ones until you get the one most suited to your body shape.
Wear it to the office with a shirt, wool trousers and a knitted tie, out for a drink with a fine knit sweater and dark denim, or with a Fishermans sweater and battered jeans at the weekends....it's an 'access all areas' type of jacket.
'Fredrick' navy recycled wool blend peacoat - Theory at Mr Porter - £650
This is a mac style but in a herringbone wool. Now I know the super long, oversized macs and coats are right back in fashion now, but they don't suit everyone - especially if you're on the shorter side, they can give off dressing gown vibes quite quickly.
So I've opted for this more classic one instead which I just know will be really popular with my clients, and easy to chuck on without thinking about. If you have a tendency to wear a lot of black, this will break things up nicely - it would look great over a black polo neck and tailored trousers (maybe try out a slightly wider leg shape?) and perfect with a grey crew neck and straight black jeans.
On your feet, wear your black hi top Converse, black lace up boots, or chunky black loafers, and voilà, you have a streamlined but interesting Autumn Winter look.
'Pete' grey herringbone mac in organic wool - A.P.C. - £560
I love this jacket and the way they've styled it with these dark jeans and beautiful brown boots......the perfect look for the modern middle aged man! (Look out for a blog post I'll be doing on that soon).
Super stylish with a subtle check so it looks a bit different but doesn't restrict what you wear it with. The details on this are so nice, including the signature Private White copper zip, which zips both ways, meaning you can leave it a little unzipped at the hem so it doesn't bunch up and add extra inches around your waist area - no one needs that! Also, the patch pockets which you can put your hands into from the side, and the copper rivets on the back neck for the hanger loop.....plus it's UK made too.
Dogtooth bomber jacket - Private White V.C. - £795
So, are you feeling inspired and ready to get your Autumn Winter wardrobe updated and sorted now? Then book in below or email me if you have any questions.
Here's what one regular client said after our shopping trip a week or so ago:
"Another successful job, you're a pro! No idea how we get so much done is such a short space of time!! Thanks for continuing to be a super star."
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