Since winter is quickly approaching, I wanted to expose a massive Faux Pas that I see many men make concerning topcoats. The common rationale when purchasing a men’s topcoat (or jackets in general) is this: “I’ll be wearing this over a shirt and a sweater or a shirt and a suit coat, so I need a bigger size than my usual clothes.” This common misconception leads men to buy a medium sized coat if they are really small – or a large if they are really a medium. They end up looking like this:
Even if your suit is impeccable, the badly sized topcoat will destroy your mojo. A top coat should be as trim and tailored as your suit coat.
How do you get the right fit?
Shoulders/Chest (the most important part): It’s pretty simple – buy the same size coat as your suit coat. If you wear a small, buy a small. If you wear a size 38, buy a size 38. These coats are meant to be worn over clothing, so they are sized correctly. Don’t worry – the designers know what they are doing!
Length: A proper topcoat falls right above the knee.
Waist: You may need some tailoring, but it should taper at the waist and give you some definition when you button it. Avoid the “boxy” look!
Sleeves: Have the sleeves tailored so it stops at your wrist. Don’t let the sleeves droop down to your knuckles.
Single or Double breasted: You can’t go wrong with single, but a double breasted can look amazing as well:
So keep these tips in mind when purchasing your next topcoat! Don’t be swimming in fabric – go for a trim and tailored cut.
Keep it fab, always.