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;

Sandro

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A brand renowned for their modernised vintage styles and oversized pieces, Sandro are a great place to start when looking for the perfect overcoat. The black overcoat pictured (£475.00 >) is classic Sandro – tailored from a velvety wool-blend, it showcases the brand’s slim but not constricting fit, a style they’re known to opt for. Finished with a fully lined interior and cut in a slim shape, but not too fitted- it’s a modern interpretation of the most classic of shapes.

Everlane

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Transparently priced Everlane can always be relied upon to produce a good quality product when it comes to almost any basic garment, and their overcoats are no different.  This  Grey Wool Overcoat ($295.00 >) is a representation of Everyone’s consistent style and value. Slim-fit, simple, and with a covered placket for modern appeal, this overcoat made with felted melton wool is a definitive piece with a modern twist, and really captures the essence of the best way to style an overcoat in the 21st century.

SuitSupply

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SuitSupply always deliver versatile, elegant tailoring at a decent price point, and this smarter, elegantly-tailored Blue Overcoat (£259.00 >) is a wonderful example of how a brand can use a slim, updated fit to modernise older styles. Cut from pure wool, this dark blue 2.5-button piece features vertical side pockets, and a wide notch lapel. Like most good modern overcoats, you can pair it with just about anything for a smart finish.

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.