Although the weather patterns have been pretty weird this year, there’s no denying that the temperatures are going to start dropping fast. However, procrastination is human nature, and it’s likely that a lot of us have yet to get our cold weather gear.
Whether you like it or not, it’s cold, and it’s only getting colder from here. With the rapidly dropping temperature, snowfall has already started pulverizing several regions. Time to break out your puffy winter jacket, Ugg boots, and ski pants, right? Wrong.
Let’s face it, it’s cold. Unfortunately, it’s only getting colder, as this winter is set to be the most brutal since 1962. While coats are absolutely essential and make perfect holiday gifts, it’s extremely difficult to find perfect outerwear, especially as a male in the female-dominated fashion world. But before you start to feel like you’re getting seasonal affective disorder, check out this selection of the best coats to help you stay warm and look stylish this winter.
The Parisian brand perfected minimalism with their fall/winter 2013 collection, providing an endless supply of pristine styles. One example would be this coat, taking a classic black & white wool blend and enhancing it with a modern, slim silhouette. Worn best with mutually monochromatic pieces, the concealed button closure truly ties together Sandro’s fuss-free aesthetic. Timeless yet timely, this coat is to die for.
Sandro Flecked Wool-Blend Coat, $740 at Mr. Porter
Lanvin Oversized Coat
Who says that outerwear has to be limited to black or grey? Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver are always expanding the boundaries of conventional menswear concepts, this time with a lively burgundy coat. The effortlessly cool item is revamped even further with its oversized silhouette, best balanced with slim trousers and relative neutrals. Baggy but not frumpy, this Lanvin coat has been dominating every “top menswear pieces” list.
Lanvin Oversized Wool-Blend Coat, $2,880 at Mr. Porter
Dior Homme Peacoat
Dior Homme is all about refined classics, thanks to Kris van Assche’s penchant for clean statement pieces. You can’t go wrong with a simple black peacoat, redone in perfect quality and a modern appeal.
Dior Homme Double Breasted Wool Cloth Peacoat, $1,818 at Luisaviaroma
Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat
No one does outerwear quite like Burberry, but the brand that essentially invented the trench is more than just a one-trick pony. Crafted entirely from shearling and accented with leather details, this coat will definitely keep you safe from the brutal winter weather. Meanwhile, it’s highlighted by the typically stylish Burberry silhouette and a bold yet neutral shade of green.
Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat, $8,075 at Mr. Porter
Parkas are necessary for enduring the fierce winter weather, but it’s not surprising to associate the pieces with less-than-attractive connotation. Why should you ever resort to ugly outerwear? This Balmain parka redefines the nature of the typically unattractive style, providing the essential heavy duty capabilities with a stylish, exaggerated silhouette. And if it’s not exaggerated enough for your taste, tie the belt for a trench-like shape. Utilitarian pockets complete this piece, while its inner lining can be removed to allow the parka to continue protecting you from the elements through the following seasons.
Balmain Cotton Parka Jacket with Detachable Quilted Lining, $2,985.50 at Mr. Porter
Saint Laurent Duffel Coat
Despite any of the controversy that’s surrounded Hedi Slimane’s work at Saint Laurent, the man is a master of menswear. His rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic is successfully balanced with a classic style through his spin on the iconic duffle coat. Heavyweight yet made in Slimane’s signature skinny shape, the piece is a beautiful rendition of an old favorite.
Saint Laurent Classic Duffel Coat in Camel Wool, $2,590 at Mr. Porter
Zara Coat with Hood
Say what you want about fast fashion, but you’ve got to love Zara. The global retailer provides the ultimate outerwear piece with this style. Featuring a weather-combative hood, copious pocket space, a belted appearance, and minimalistic concealed-zip closure, the wool coat is perfect for keeping you warm in both casual and formal settings. Modern and resourceful at an unbeatable price, this is one of those items that appeals to everyone.