statement coat is a must-have, perhaps a Saks
Fifth Avenue private label in blue, $698, at Saks
Fifth Avenue, at the Logan Hotel, in Philadelphia.
he’s suited up for a black-tie holiday party or cozy
New Year’s Eve comfortable in cashmere and slacks, he’ll
want to complete his suave look with this.
statement coat. The traditional, lighter-weight top coat
and its heavier brother, the overcoat, are finishing off
the well-dressed man’s cold-weather look this winter.
Collars are furry. Pockets are deep. Hues are dark. And
no plaid is too bold.
does it come from?
first coats, capelike cassocks, were introduced into men’s
wardrobes during the late 17th century. Even then, they
defined a man’s status — the more important he was,
the more ornate his coat.
the mid-1700s, however, men were wearing coats fitted
closer to the body. The Brandenburg — an almost-
ankle-length style featuring a bell-sleeve and frog
buttons — was popular with nation builders and
military men like George Washington and Napoleon
Bonaparte, who wore it over waistcoats and knee-length
the 1800s, menswear became less flamboyant, thanks in
large part to British tastemaker Beau Brummell. The
close friend of King George IV favored dark pants, a
starched shirt, and cravat (the early tie) that he
pulled together with a dark — think navy or olive
green — overcoat. By the end of the 19th century, most
men wore either one of two overcoats: the Chesterfield
that was three-quarter length with thin lapels, or the
paletot, its double- breasted cousin.
alternatives to the overcoat — denim and varsity
jackets and the leather bomber — surfaced in the
1950s. By the end of the ’60s, overcoats were reserved
for special-occasion wear. When the Member’s Only
jacket hit the fashion scene in the 1980s, some men were
comfortable enough pairing them with their shirt-and-tie
in the 1990s, the everyday guy pretty much avoided the
overcoat — until about three years ago. That was when
a keen interest in custom suits trickled down from
influencer to guy-next-door, and lumberjack coats didn’t
seem to cut it anymore.
is wearing it?
of the Starz hit show "Power" have probably
noticed that the character Ghost — played by Omari
Hardwick — is always wheeling and dealing in a
different statement coat. The character Lucious Lyon on
"Empire" wears his overcoat with cravats. And
Daniel Craig’s James Bond is somewhat of a coat
connoisseur. Lawyers, bankers, and your garden-variety
entrepreneur likely has one in his closet, as does any
man who just really wants to look good.
Elizabeth’s guy wear one?
he would. And my statement coat of choice for him would
be chocolate brown with a fur collar.
you wear one?
yes. There is one for every personality: camel for the
quiet hunk, navy for the serious dude, and
black-and-white windowpane plaid for that adventurous