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post #16 of 48
From a 20 something here, my first choice would be a pea coat.
post #17 of 48
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Originally Posted by ruben
From infancy to a couple years ago, I'd always worn a big, shiny, puffy winter coats, the kind that make a swishing sound when you walk.

I recently realized that I look far to juvenile in such a coat, and so have spent the last couple winters layering various sweatshirts and hoodies.

Unfortunately, I live in to harsh a climate for such a practice, and the layers made me look older but much more vagrant like.

So...

What's an appropriate (and warm) casual coat for someone in their early 20's? A post-Michelin Man coat, pre-topcoat jacket if you will.

I found that most high-end shops' coats are almost too mature, and look out of place among the rest of my wardrobe (I try to dress nice on a student's budget).

Would this be more appropriate in Streetwear and Denim?

Street-informal clothes that still have classic style are the most tricky to select, I've found.

Something along the lines of a field jacket might do. Surplus M65 or something styled like the older M51s/43s would probably look good with jeans without seeming out of place. Go for solid colors rather than camo. Feel free to remove the shoulder straps if you want to downplay the military associations.
post #18 of 48
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Originally Posted by ruben
I also should come clean, topcoats being to "mature" was my way of admitting to not being able to afford a decent one, without really admitting it.

STP has great stuff, but I'm really tempted by buying something military surplus.

On the other hand, I almost want to get a nice barbour coat or barn jacket. I'm a big-time sucker for english country style, I don't know if thats considered lame around here, but I really dig it.
i definitely like english country style. i don't know if that's the official name. only problem is my coloring is sallow/olive so the grey-greens, browns, and greys that you find in that style are not particularly suited to me. plus it's a little less casual than im usually prepared for.

in southern california a peacoat is too warm to wear often. i just got a linen peacoat that otherwise is traditional (navy, nautical design on buttons). it's warm, but not ridiculously so. i hope linen does not make it too silly...
post #19 of 48
A pea coat would be my suggestion as well. I'm 20 and my black pea coat is my goto jacket when the weather is cold. I also have a moto jacket and an insulated military style blazer (Spiewalk) that I wear when it isn't quite as cold.
post #20 of 48
If you have a Club Monaco or a Zara near you, they will have good examples of styles of coats that are more dressy than say, a down jacket, but still very appropriate for 20-somethings.

Usually the look involves a slight "military" flair, but nowhere near looking like it came from a military surplus store.

I picked up something very similar from a consignment shop in Canada recently which appears to be from Spain. I can post a pic if you're interested.
post #21 of 48
Get a Filson.
post #22 of 48
Check STP and note the difference between a topcoat and a duffle coat. The latter is visibly more casual.
post #23 of 48
Thread Starter 
Apologies if this is out of place but...

Is there a preferred online surplus store?
The military surplus stores in my area seem to only carry camo and ammo cans.

I feel even sillier for asking this, but are the sizes on military coats the same as a suit/regular coat?

I measured my chest (35") added 2" (37"), and since the store didn't have 37" coats, I tried on a 38" and it was tiny, the sleeves fit like a raglan.
Do I have coat sizing right? I've never worn a coat that wasn't s,m,l,xl-style sizing.
post #24 of 48
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Originally Posted by King Francis
I recently received a black Sterlingwear peacoat and I love it. That's my personal recommendation. I also like streamlined three-quarter-length single-breasted coats -- think chesterfield.

How's the quality of the Sterlingwear peacoat? Is it also stylish?
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by Sgt_Strider
How's the quality of the Sterlingwear peacoat? Is it also stylish?

I think the quality is very good, particularly for the price, and it's a substantial weight, which is something you want in a peacoat. As for the style, I very much like it. It's a more authentic and less fashiony look (which in my opinion is also something you want in a peacoat, at least your first one). If you size down from your normal suit size, you'll get a better fit. Some may not like the buttons, but they're kind of growing on me.
post #26 of 48
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Originally Posted by King Francis
I think the quality is very good, particularly for the price, and it's a substantial weight, which is something you want in a peacoat. As for the style, I very much like it. It's a more authentic and less fashiony look (which in my opinion is also something you want in a peacoat, at least your first one). If you size down from your normal suit size, you'll get a better fit. Some may not like the buttons, but they're kind of growing on me.

Do you have a picture of your coat?
post #27 of 48
Not at the moment. I'd have to borrow a friend's camera; maybe I'll get a picture next week when I'm not so busy.

Bryan SD has posted a picture of his Sterlingwear peacoat, though. You should do a search.
post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by ruben
Just to obsessively add to my self-postings here...
I think the problem with some longer and formal coats is that if you're not wearing fairly high-class stuff underneath you may miss your mark and end up looking like you're imitating a punk-esq thrift store style.

I would agree with that. If you're wearing t-shirts and track jackets, a peacoat or topcoat won't look right. You can pull off hoodies with them though. My college friends had peacoats and so did I. Girls liked them much better than guys in puffy coats, it seemed a little more mature.

Maybe you can find a good deal on leather motorcycle jackets. I have 2 specifically for times when I'm not formally dressed..for nightclubs and what-not. One was $40 (Black Friday sale) and one was $150 (down from $450 at marshalls)
post #29 of 48
Thread Starter 
ooh, like the motorcycle jacket idea.

I'm not a sloppy dresser per say, I just though a top coat was strictly to be worn with a suit.
post #30 of 48
Get a surplus peacoat. It's a good bridge between street/jeanswear and more formal adult clothing. It won't make your other clothes look dumpy, though I agree that it doesn't go with more synthetic styles like track jackets. Plus, it's pretty cheap, and warm, and versatile. I think everyone should have one, but I'm glad everyone doesn't, or I wouldn't get nearly as many compliments when I wear mine...
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