The Overcoat; rumoured to have been conjured way back in the 18th century, and crafted from heavy wool is a long-sleeved single breasted (or double breasted) menswear essential.

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There are various iteration of the classic but as always classic is best; a fit not too tight and not too loose is best, and our preference is for single-breasted. Wear over a smart suit jacket or shirt, and in equal stylish measure- wear with joggers, a white t-shirt and some Nike Flyknit Racers.

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A timeless piece, if you invest wisely – and one of the most versatile essentials for any gentleman’s wardrobe. Here are Three of The Best at varying price points;

Classic Black

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This black Overcoat from Sandro is tailored from a velvety wool-blend, designed for a slim but not constricting fit, it’s finished with a fully lined interior. Cut in a slim shape, but not too fitted- it’s a modern interpretation of the most classic of shapes.

£475.00 >

Modern Grey

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Transparently priced Everlane can always be relied upon to produce a quality basic, and their Wool Overcoat is no different. Slim fit and with a covered placket for modern appeal, the overcoat made with felted melton wool is a modern take on a classic.

$295.00 >

Slim Blue

SuitSupply deliver their versatile, elegantly-tailored Blue Overcoat, in a slim, updated fit. Cut from pure wool, this dark blue 2.5-button piece features vertical side pockets, and a wide notch lapel. Pair it with just about anything for a smart finish.

£259.00 >

Conclusion

Warm, versatile and a great way to smarten any outfit. Invest wisely and this modern-classic will last you for years. An Ape to Gentleman Essential.