Classic Essentials: The Overcoat

The LBM 1911 Dreamcoat

  • October 12, 2012 |
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As we sink deeper into fall in Chicago, we turn our attention to layers. Our advice: skip the sweater under your suit and opt for an overcoat or topcoat instead. Think of it this way: when you get to your destination, you’ll end up taking of the jacket, and the tie-without-a-jacket doesn’t look nearly as sharp. You’ve spent enough time finding the right jacket, having it tailored, breaking it in—we’re for any solution that lets you keep that beautiful blazer on.

If you’re part of the population who turns to their old peacoat, year after year, we think it’s time for a change. The right overcoat should do the rest of your outfit justice (while simultaneously protecting you from the elements). When you’re trudging through January in Chicago, you’ll still look just as sharp. And, you won’t blend in to the mass of Army Navy Surplus peacoats.

For a classic piece that you know will never go out of style, choose a dark wool one like the LBM 1911 above. You can pair it with any jacket or suit in your closet. Shown with a Scott & Charter’s scarf.

The herringbone overcoat by LBM 1911 is another great option—a bit more stylized, but equally good-looking. It’s best if you stick to solid pattern for the suit or jacket underneath, like the LBM 1911 blazer and Altea for Haberdash tie, above.

A few tips on fit: Start by going up a size: you want to make sure that the overcoat fits well over your sportcoat. A good overcoat is going to have higher armholes, so that you still have good mobility when you’re wearing it. You should be able to hail a cab or drink a Manhattan comfortably.

A good overcoat should hit you mid-thigh. If it goes past your knees, it shortens your body, visually, and can become too cumbersome. If the overcoat is too short, it’s not going to keep you warm, and if your overcoat doesn’t keep you warm, what’s the point?

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