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appropriate winter coat for a young adult

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ruben, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. ruben

    ruben Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. Jovan

    Jovan Well-Known Member

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    I don't see anything wrong with a topcoat... a lot of us here wear them and we're in our 20s.
     
  3. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Well-Known Member

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    yea just throw on a topcoat over a pair of jeans and a t and youll like fine
    but if you want something like a top coat but not really...
    as you said..
    i would get say like a hooded three quarter length coat or something
    for example.. i got this a lil while ago ..

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    or maybe a toggle coat..
     
  4. Jared

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    Duh: peacoat. But remember, if you're wearing it over a jacket, it needs to be at least 3/4-length and longer than that is probably more stylish. You should be able to dress up or down anything that isn't camel-coloured or double-breasted, although personally I'd also stay away from trench coats. Military styling is always good. Look at the pics in this thread: http://styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=21122
     
  5. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    Duffel coats, too.
     
  6. Kai

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    Duffle coat or shearling coat
     
  7. thinman

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    Topcoats, peacoats, and duffle coats are all good suggestions. I would, and do, wear a peacoat for casual situations. A good peacoat will cost you about $50-60 on ebay or in a Navy surplus store and about $150 from Sterlingwear. STP has good pricing on topcoats and duffle coats, when they have them. I know they have some duffle coats right now.

    Edited for spelling. Sheesh!
     
  8. DShareef

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    The well-dressed 20-somethings I tend to see are typically wearing car coats or peacoats.
     
  9. King Francis

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    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.
     
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    I would say a peacoat over a topcoat. I think wearing a topcoat with jeans or whatever, especially in college makes you look like you're trying too hard and a bit of a tool. If you're out of school and working in an office environment, then a topcoat would be fine even in your early 20s. Others will disagree, but, that's that.
     
  11. Jared

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    I would say a peacoat over a topcoat. I think wearing a topcoat with jeans or whatever, especially in college makes you look like you're trying too hard and a bit of a tool. If you're out of school and working in an office environment, then a topcoat would be fine even in your early 20s. Others will disagree, but, that's that.
    +1. The topcoat should either be obviously surplus/vintage or have military/casual styling. It should go with the rest of your look!
     
  12. Jovan

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    Pea coats and shearling coats are definitely good suggestions. I'm going to try to get a shearling coat this winter so I can upgrade my casual style a bit. I already have a pea coat but don't want to be wearing just it all the time.
     
  13. ruben

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    Thanks for all the responses.
     
  14. ruben

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    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.
     
  15. ruben

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    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.
     
  16. victory

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    From a 20 something here, my first choice would be a pea coat.
     
  17. katon

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    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.
     
  18. yerfdog

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    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...
     
  19. cmrocks

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    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.
     
  20. dtmt

    dtmt Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

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