The Working Man: Dress for Success – Button Up in a Stylish Winter Coat

by Andy F. | November 12th, 2010   

By Andrew Flynn

Accompanying any outfit with a North Face pull-over may have been the college trend, but let’s not forget wearing pajama pants to class was also considered fashionably acceptable. However, just as many of us wouldn’t dare consider wearing pajamas into the office – the same goes for sporting a North Face fleece over your shirt and tie.

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Fashion faux pas or corporate comfort?

Even though they are quite warm and comfortable (and I do own several of my own), there is an appropriate time and place to sport your North Face.  So keep them for the slopes and far away from the office. After all, an investment in wool rather than fleece is sure to make a positive impression on colleagues, clients and your boss.

Show that you take your appearance as seriously as your career with these versatile winter coats.

 The Working Man: Dress for Success   Button Up in a Stylish Winter Coat

University Coat from J.Crew

 The Working Man: Dress for Success   Button Up in a Stylish Winter Coat

J.Crew Authentic Peacoat

This classic Peacoat from J Crew, is  “true to the time-honored classic, down to the anchor buttons and angled kissing welt pockets”.  However if you’re into something more modern, then try the University Coat. Both offer inner and outer welt pockets and even a patch pocket for your mp3-player. On cold windy days, flip up the collar for additional windshield and opt for the Thinsulate lining which provides extra warmth when needed.

The Trench and Top Coat (aka: The Overcoat) are a bit longer and vary in length. The classic full length style is well-suited for the taller man, while a 3/4 or quarter length cut will fall above the knee for a trendy, younger appeal. Most importantly choosing a cut that is square in the shoulders and waist will give you a trim fit that looks dashing and debonair. Also, when deciding between a double and single breasted fit, keep in mind that double-breasted is extremely trendy. A  single-breasted coat (single row of buttons or zip) is conservative yet can be worn open for a refreshingly modern and slimming appearance.

The more versatile Car Coat is handsomely designed with a removable zip-closure offering the wearer comfort all season long. While cashmere is most popular, its also the most expensive. When selecting a dress coat, opt for a cashmere-wool combo for efficient warmth and comfort.

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Cole Haan Leather Trim Wool Twill Car Coat

Remember, your overcoat ought to be just as nice as the suit underneath. Make sure the shoulders are snug, but with enough room to comfortably layer. The length should extend past your suit jacket. And feel free to flip up the collar—it’s cold out.

3 comments
flynnyman
flynnyman

RT @theworkwardrobe: Replacing the fleece with the working man's jacket - be honest, do you wear a North Face fleece to the office? http ...

CollaredSheep
CollaredSheep

@theworkwardrobe I wear a north face fleece DAILY. Totally appropriate for the office. More than appropriate even, its preferred.

theworkwardrobe
theworkwardrobe

@CollaredSheep I think you can do better there buddy...