Yes, it’s that time of year again: winter is approaching fast. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Think of the beautiful colours, the crisp leaves on the ground, the sound of a roaring fire, fresh mornings, better hair-days, and–lets be honest–who doesn’t love wrapping themselves up in a soft, winter coat?
The winter coat
As someone who appreciates a unique style, autumn and winter are by far my favourite seasons. Now more than ever, coats and jackets are available in so many different shapes and sizes, making a winter coat the perfect way to show off your style.
But there’s one overcoat style you simply can’t compete with: the classic trench coat. The shape of the trench coat suits everyone and it’s a garment that can be made in many different ways. Classic versions come in various lengths, ranging from just above the ankles (the longest) to above the knee (the shortest).
Traditionally, this garment is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, wide lapels, a storm flap and buttoned pockets. The coat is commonly belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as having straps around the wrists that also buckle up. The coat often has buttoned shoulder straps, although these were a functional feature in a military context. The traditional colour of a trench coat was khaki, although newer versions come in many exciting colours, as can be seen below.
A Suit That Fits has a large selection of cashmere, wool, tweed, corduroy and velvet coats. With a billion attributes to add to them, “your only limitation is your imagination.”
The winter cape
One of the coolest ways to update your autumnal wardrobe is to wear a cape. This chic piece of outwear can do wonders for even the simplest outfit, transforming it into an altogether cooler look in seconds.
With full evening dress, ladies frequently use the cape as a fashion statement. They also use it to protect themselves – and the fine fabrics of their evening-wear – from the elements, especially when a coat would crush or hide the garments.
Capes can be short (over the shoulders or to the waist) or full-length, in which case they’re actually cloaks. Short capes used to be made completely of fur or feature a fur trim, but since fur has become less acceptable as a fashion accessory in modern times, other expensive materials are often substituted for it, creating an equally opulent lining and trim. Typical fabrics used can be velvet, silk or satin.
Saint Laurent, among other designers, has been at the forefront of the cape trend, presenting a selection of covetable items in their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. If there’s anything we’ve learnt from these designers, it’s that the cape is the only cover-up you need to know about right now.
A Suit That Fits’ coats
As I said at the beginning, coats come in all shapes and sizes. A Suit That Fits’ aim is to make you the coat of your dreams.
Why not pay us a visit at one of our three Irish Studios, either Dublin, Cork and Belfast, and we can make it happen.