6 Types of Coats Every Man Should Own

Written by Marc | 07/10/2019




For most of the year, we will need a coat to step outside. This is all well and good, but how do you match a coat to your outfit? And how do you look good when you’re wearing a jacket? It all comes down to matching the right jacket to the occasion, and there are a few you will need.

Fashion fads, by definition, come and go. We want to concentrate on the six types of coats that will see you through all occasions. The basic coats that are timeless and a must-have for your wardrobe. If you’re particularly looking for a spring jacket, we go through some more options in a recent blog post.


Barbour Beacon - two men are stood next to each other wearing Barbour Beacon rain coats in green and orange.

The Iconic Puffer

Puffer jackets are perfect for casual occasions and long walks in the cold. They don’t just look great, but lofty goose down insulation will keep you toasty warm and the water-repellent finish will keep you dry in those winter storms.

The North Face have nailed the puffer jacket. The iconic Nuptse inspired by the 1996 Nuptse, packs plenty of retro punch.

A green Nuptse jacket from The North Face


The Classic Gilet

Layer up a classic gilet under a jumper on those milder, dry days. Down-filled and water-resistant, gilets add extra warmth and protection from the elements during the autumn months. It’s perfect for when you don’t want to quite accept Summer is over and its not quite the time to dig out “the big winter coat”. This gilet from Ralph Lauren is perfect, having lightweight down padding and colours that match with most outfits.

A blue and green gilet from Ralph Lauren


The Timeless Rain Jacket

Rain jackets (or parkas) are tough and perfect for the worst weather. With added luxuries such as faux fur lining, you can go for cosy, warm raincoats or without for thinner rain jackets that keep you cool and dry. The Pretty Green hooded parka jacket is simple, tough and functional. Featuring a waterproof outer and a wadded inner for dependable warmth as well as a large drawstring hood, this is the parka we would recommend.

A black Pretty Green jacket


The Versatile Windbreaker

Windbreakers are basically for when the weathers murky but it isn’t necessarily cold. If you want to stay dry but are already wearing a jumper then a windbreak is your perfect choice. Lightweight, windbreakers are also easy to pack into rucksacks if you want to have them as an emergency backup.

This classic windbreaker from Lyle and Scott, designed in a lightweight but durable fabric is perfect for those milder wet days. The elasticated hem and hood are designed to lock in warmth. There is also an internal mesh lining which ensures ultimate breathability throughout.

A black windbreaker from Lyle & Scott


The Original Parka

Parkas are perfect for snowy weather and look smarter than raincoats. With a choice of faux fur hoods, toggles and a wide variety of colours, parkas are great to put over your office wear when commuting.

This Parajumpers Tan Parka will keep you warm and last a lifetime. Featuring a large hood with a coyote fur trim. A quilted lining offering extra warmth and an internal pocket; a great place to keep your keys and phone. This is the investment piece for your autumn-winter collection.

A Parajumpers parka jacket in black with a fur lined hood.


The Trucker Jacket

Levis, the home of denim, have created the ideal autumn winter jacket. This Sherpa Trucker may not look like your average winter coat but with its seasonal update, it will keep you warm during those colder days. Featuring warm Sherpa insulation and a soft quilted lining in the sleeves. This jacket has serious comfort with a confident style. It’s bound to become one of your favourite pieces in your autumn-winter collection.

Trucker Denim Jacket from Levis in blue

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