Topcoats have been relevant in fashion for decades. Your father wore one, your Grandfather wore one, and so does any man who wants the world to know that he has some type of class and swagger to him.
The topcoat is one of the most essential pieces you can put on your back this fall. The topcoat is all about ease and comfort while still looking put-together.
Check out GQ’s list of top topcoat styles for the fashionable man of today.
Coat by Canali at MrPorter.com, $1,740. From Left: 1. Suit by Ralph Lauren Black Label; shirt by Brunello Cucinelli; tie by Alexander Olch; tie bar (All) by The Tie Bar; shoes by Church’s; glasses by Moscot. 2. shirt by Baldwin; tie and shoes by Brooks Brothers; pants by J Brand. 3. Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana; pants by Michael Kors; sneakers by Adidas Originals; beanie by The Elder Statesman
Shape Up, Topcoat-Style
1. Keep the shoulders loose—the topcoat should fit comfortably over a suit jacket.
2. Billowy is back. You want the body to rustle and move—even in a double-breasted version like this one.
3. Keep the sleeves tailored so everyone knows the wider shoulders and body are intentional.
4. The coat’s hem should hit near your knee. Lower and you’re in Neo territory.
Coat, $725, by AllSaints
Shirt, $550, and tie, $245, by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Tie bar, $15, by The Tie Bar
Jeans, $345, by Simon Miller
Wall Street Meets Streetwear
Why are Kanye and Beckham and A$AP Rocky sporting topcoats nonstop? Because this fresh crop of topcoats are all part of the new movement in menswear toward drapier, looser looks. The coats are dressy enough for an elegant Brit—especially in double-breasted mode—but edgy enough for the fashion-heads on the style front lines. —MARK ANTHONY GREEN
Act Like You’re Over the Overcoat (Just a Little)
A lot of what goes into looking stylish is how you wear something. Keep your topcoat unbuttoned (as long as Mother Nature’s being nice). Let your sweater sleeves stick out. And definitely pop the collar. It’s a slippery slope—seriously, your polo collars stay down—but exactly the right way to undercut the overcoat’s preppy DNA.—M.A.G.
Coat, $8,800, by Tom Ford
Sweater, $340, by A.P.C.
T-shirt, $25, by Armani Exchange
Pants, $575, by Calvin Klein Collection
Sneakers, $75, by Adidas Originals
Calvin Klein designer
on the Masters of the Topcoat
“In the ’70s, David Bowie wore one in a very glamorous, almost dandy way. In the ’90s, it was all about Kurt Cobain’s ratty overcoat. Today? Check out Michael Fassbender in one. He wears clothes really well but doesn’t play the fashion game—which I like.”
Meet the Coolest Camel Around
Designers have escaped the death grip of navy and charcoal, making camel a topcoat staple once again. And just in time, because even if that rich tan does stand out, it plays very well with others. Brown or gray or navy suit? All good. No suit at all? Even better. As with any topcoat, the point is to just throw it on, no matter what’s underneath. It looks best when you worry least.—M.A.G.
Coat, $4,995, by Calvin Klein Collection
Turtleneck, $860, by Gucci
Corduroys, $295, by Todd Snyder
Belt by Tom Ford
Shoes by Church’s
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