I have a few questions about choosing a raincoat. Which color would be the most universal? Tan looks nice, but I’m not sure the color would be suitable for elegant occasions. And what about the cut, fit and fabric?
A For your most versatile and useful raincoat, don’t think of a dark coat like navy or black. This is a case where darker isn’t particularly traditional or universal. Limit your choices to khaki or tan. And start your selection process in an absolutely top notch store that carries the Burberry coat line.
Surely you can’t make up your mind to buy this Rolls Royce of Coats. But trying on will tell you what the best looks and feels best, and it gives you a point of reference for judging other makes and models. A top-of-the-line, pure cotton Burberry trench coat – complete with its recognizable double-breasted cut, epaulettes, belt, one or two impressive brass loops, and an optional button-up signature wool plaid lining – will have cost a hefty sum (more than $ 2,000). Her single-breasted cut is a few hundred dollars less, but not quite as classy. Unfortunately, Burberrys are rarely sold because they never go out of style; This quality makes them a good investment. For the willing, knowledgeable, and patient shopper, these coats can often be found for little money in softly used / vintage clothing stores, better thrift stores, and always online on eBay and Poshmark.
For something a little less expensive, high quality raincoats are also available from Mackintosh, London Fog, Moncler, Canada Goose, The North Face, Barbour and others.
If you plan on owning more than one raincoat, consider getting one in a light brown or khaki color (a classic trench coat) and one in a dark color like navy. The trench coat would be full length (a length that floats somewhere around the knee) and the dark one could be the same length or a shorter carcoat length, probably in a single breasted cut. But most men can do just fine if all they have is a light brown raincoat in a classic trench style. It takes you almost anywhere, even a once-a-year black tie affair.
When it comes to fabrics, many are discussing microfiber raincoats. If you are a regular reader, you know that I tend strongly towards the elegance of natural fibers and avoid artificial substitutes … especially for clothes that you will wear for decades, as well as for the many situations and climatic changes that travel with you can bring. When it comes to the cut, you can choose between a single-breasted or double-breasted cut, depending on which style you prefer. Often times, shorter men don’t like most of the extra layer of fabric on the double-breasted suit. Both cuts are correct and worn by well-dressed men.
I’ve heard people say that buying a raincoat one size smaller than the suit size gives you a better fit and a slimmer, less “old” look. That’s just a wrong, lazy approach to guessing the fit without actually seeing what you will look like in it. No coat should be bought without a full try-on. Wear a suit jacket under your coat for freedom of movement and a comfortable fit. If a coat has a back vent, it should hang straight and be closed when the coat is buttoned. Use the store’s three-way mirror to be safe. Coat makers understand what they are doing; Why do you suppose you need to consider sizing? While the most likely correct size is your suit size, you are relying on what looks and feels right, not a preconceived number.
By the way, to be able to spice up a trench coat, the current style is still to knot the belt instead of tucking it through the buckle.
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