Yes, it’s summer. No, we don’t think you should be wearing a heavy coat or jacket right now. But soon enough, you’ll need one. And whether you’re in the market for a storm-ready parka or a topcoat you can wear to the office when the sun’s shining, you should seriously consider scooping up your top pick in the very near future. Isn’t it a little early? Yep! And that’s exactly the point. You’ll have your choice of options, and be able to grab the best before everyone else. Now the only question is: What to buy? We’ve got you covered with the 10 coats every guy should know once the temperature drops. Check it out.
THE SLIM PUFFER
A slim puffer is a must in every man’s coat closet. Wear this alone for walking the dog, or do as the pros do and layer it beneath a topcoat for warmth and unexpected visual texture on colder days.
THE CLASSIC TOPCOAT
For those days when the temperatures don’t stray too far southward, sharpen up your look with a simple, elegant top coat. It will dress up everything from a suit to sneakers.
THE TECHNICAL JACKET
For those days when Mother Nature unleashes everything she’s got, you need a technical jacket that can handle it all. This one is waterproof to keep the rain out, insulated to keep the cold out, and has optional layers, to make sure every part of the day is covered. It’s the Swiss Army knife of winter coats.
THE CAMEL COAT
If you want your winter coat to make a bigger statement than a traditional black, navy, or gray overcoat, do as the Italians do and go camel. Not only will a camel coat contrast perfectly with a dark suit, it will also add elegance to pretty much anything you wear under it—even casual gear.
The hooded parka never really goes away, but it’s having a moment right now. Once relegated to weekends, designers and fashion fans have started pairing this rugged stalwart with suits and tailoring, a striking juxtaposition that recalls classic mod style.
THE OVER SIZED OVERCOAT
The new over sized overcoat is just like your classic overcoat, but more so. A longer, looser silhouette lends the style an air of mystery that will only elevate your dressed-up and dressed-down looks this winter. Lucky for you, the extra length also equals extra warmth.
THE DUFFLE COAT
The classic duffel coat is a mainstay in menswear. The toggles give it a more relaxed feel than buttons might, but its slim silhouette still makes it contemporary. Plus, if it was good enough for sailors navigating icy waters, it’s good enough for your commute.
The fact that it’s been keeping sailors warm in the brutal North Atlantic for over 150 years should tell you something. With its thick wool and high collar, it’s hard to beat the classic peacoat as your winter go-to.