The Ultimate Overcoat Guide

The Ultimate Overcoat Guide

A staple of any wardrobe, the coat is the ultimate 4 season necessity. With a large selection of coat styles, it’s sometimes difficult to know what style, colour and material will be best for you.

Of course, we are always here to advise you on the best style, colour and fabric for you!

The Chesterfield 

The original and classic business overcoat!

Named after the earl of Chesterfield it was invented in the mid 19th century. It was the start of the coat as know it today.

Style – In general the length of the coat is down to the knee. Slightly shorter to give a more contemporary look, longer to achieve elegance. Single or double breasted.

Fabrics – Grey and navy are the default colours for your business overcoat, however its your coat and your choice. Wool and cashmere fabrics with a weight between 500 – 650 gms are ideal.


The Raincoat

The raincoat, known by many names this overcoat has changed style many times .

We have developed our own interpretation of this must have garment with simple lines and timeless elegance. 

Style – shorter in length than a chesterfield coat, 2 slanted pockets, a closing collar (great for cold nights), concealed buttons on the front.

Fabrics – Consider light weight cottons with a special shower proof coating. Alternatively, try a wool navy chalk stripe, tweed check or maybe a hounds tooth for a different and more contemporary look.


The Pea Coat

The Peacoat originated in the early 19th century, it’s roots lay mainly with the Navy. This overcoat can be worn over or instead of a jacket, it can be used as a smart business overcoat or worn more casually with jeans.

Style – Style can vary but the traditional look is characterised by its short length, broad lapels, double breasted front buttons, buttons under the collar and hand warmer pockets.

With a warm quilted lining the Pea Coat provides protection even in the roughest seas!

Fabric – Weight 500 – 600 gms, wool, wool and cashmere, wool and alpaca. 

The Ulster Coat

The Ulster coat was made popular in the Victorian period, originally with a cape (Doctor Who style!), it was a heavy coat typically in tweed. A classic long coat, can be worn smart for work or more casually.

Style – The ulster is traditionally knee length. A double breasted coat with a notch lapel completed with patch pockets with a flap and a half belt

Fabric –  weight 500 -650 gms, tweed or wool.



Covert Coat

The sporty brother of the chesterfield, its history is firmly rooted in the British hunts of the late 19th century.

Style – The covert coat is easily recognised with the 4 rows of stitch detail on the cuff and hem, and often with a velvet collar. The front has a concealed button front with 3 slightly slanted pockets.

Fabric – Tailored from covert cloth, this heavy tweed would be traditionally range from the light green to a tan brown but more contemporary are navy and grey. Fabric weight 440 gms – 560 gms.


Unstructured Body Coat

We’ve developed this overcoat over the years to be simple but elegant. Its unstructured (no canvas) so will have a more casual feel. Generally worn without a jacket underneath, it should feel somewhere in-between a jacket and a coat.

Style – Based on a chesterfield coat, it can be single or double breasted, patch or classic pockets.

Fabric – We will often use a fabric with a weight between 440 – 500 gms to give it a lighter feel.

Look smart and feel casual


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