Few garments in tailoring make an immediate impression like a beautifully constructed custom, tailored overcoat – as well as keeping you toasty warm in the cooler months, it’s a surprisingly versatile piece that can take you from work to the pub without cause for concern, layering over a tailored wool suit or jeans and a tee with equal ease.
Better yet, when made-to-measure, an overcoat is one of the most form-flattering staples in your wardrobe, accentuating broad shoulders and hugging your torso in a classic tailored silhouette. Here’s our two-step guide to nailing your wool overcoat for winter.
Choose a quality, timeless fabric.
As an overcoat carries so much fabric, it’s important you invest in a high standard natural fabric, in order to ensure breathability, comfort and a good drape. We suggest perusing our range of Woolmark certified 100% Australia Merino wools, as they carry thermoregulating properties perfect for our up and down Australian climate–it will keep you warm in the winter, and won’t overheat you in seasonal months or sudden spikes in temperature or movement. The durability and timelessness nature of wool will also ensure the garment doesn’t date and remains a quality investment, becoming your winter go-to cold weather player for many years to come. The most versatile and timeless iteration of a wool overcoat will come from fabrics that are a little more restrained in their colour, whether that’s navy, grey or a subtly textured herringbone or windowpane check, allowing you to pair it over a suit or more vibrant outfit without fear of clashing colours or patterns.
Design to your taste, while trying to ensure the details are timeless and suited to your body shape and needs.
As with all InStitchu garments, our range of overcoats are made-to-measure and customised to exactly what you want and need, so you’ve got a wealth of options at your fingertips. We would suggest that it would be wise to select details that are sophisticated, classic and tailored to your needs, whether that’s an all-purpose overcoat or a work specialist. Notch lapels or peak lapels? Double breasted or single breasted? A back belt (half belt) or a more casual full fabric belt? There’s a wealth of options when it comes to designing your garment, and as long as you’re designing with a view that this garment should remain integral to your wardrobe for the next decade, there are no wrong decisions.