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Top coats

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by slimjohnson, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. slimjohnson

    slimjohnson Member

    Sep 28, 2004

    I'm torn between buying a black or tan (camel hair) top coat. Most of my suits are greys and blacks. Can you were the camel hair coat with those color suits? Or should I stick to a utilitarian black coat?

    Thanks for your advice.
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    I would go with the black, given those choices. However, the most versatile would be a charcoal coat. It will go over blue, black, brown, nearly any color. A black overcoat will work except over a blue suit. A tan overcoat would work over both, but is harder to keep clean (an overcoat is a utilitarian thing) and not particularly suitable for for evenings.
  3. kabert

    kabert Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    I'd go for black too if that's your only one, or dark blue (navy). However, if you can afford two, there's something about a high-quality camel overcoat, especially a double-breasted one, that sets apart the wearer. To me, they bespeak elegance, style, wealth, class, etc.
  4. Phil

    Phil Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    Camel coats are fantastic, especially Polo coats (the style, not the RL brand per se). A few years back I went to an evening black tie event and spotted a very stylish middle aged man strolling into the Plaza (where the event was held)in his black Tuxedo, and a Camel Polo coat. I have to say, it looked amazing. He was the only guy there not wearing a black overcoat, and he looked unique, but not in a silly way. Im sure most would say he was in the wrong, but I really thought he looked great. The tan of the coat was so striking against the black and white of the tux. I guess to each his own.
  5. Fashionslave

    Fashionslave Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2004
    Tan topcoats, whether camel hair or wool ,are featured in all the latest Fall fashion forecasts.I'd say get a navy or charcoal color as your primary coat,and a tan coat as a secondary one.This way,your darker color coat would get the brunt of the wear,and the camel tan color would look nicer longer.
  6. rsp1

    rsp1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    New York
    I had the opportunity to have 2 custom cashmere overcoats made this summer - a full-length grey one and a 3/4 length camel one.

    I haven't yet figured out what outfit would go best with the camel (I've just always wanted one and liked the look). Any suggestions? I was thinking a navy suit would look nice, but what about business casual garb? Could I wear grey slacks with a camel coat?

  7. rayk

    rayk Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Inferno: Circle 5
    I tend toward navy and camel/tan top coats for day-wear, and black, after six.  If personal finances permit, I would suggest that your wardrobe include both.  This, however, is just personal preference, and certainly not a sartorial imperative.  

    Ben Silver has a terrific pure cashmere polo coat for $1000.  While to the purist, the substitution of cashmere for camel hair removes this garment from the strict "traditional" polo coat category, it remains a beautiful and desirable coat.

    Brooks Brothers offers a traditional polo coat (peaked lapels, half-belt, cuffs, DB, horn buttons, pure camel hair, patch/flap pockets) for $900.  It is advertised as being Italian made, but, as many know, BB quality has suffered over the years. Can anyone comment on BB quality vis-a-vis Ben Silver?

    DPDNYC Active Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    I'm in the market for a 3/4 length camel or tan wool topcoat to supplement the navy one a wear on a regular basis. Preferably something not terribly heavy to wear on those days when it's cool but not cool enough to be swathed in cashmere from throat to knee. Any suggestions of where I could find one?

    I've seen a lot of camel coats, but they've all been full-length. And i've seen a lot of 3/4-length coats, but they've all been in dark colors. There was another thread about a RLPL chesterfield coat for sale on ebay that would fit the bill perfectly, but i'm sadly not a 42L.
    Thanks for any help.
  9. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    While I have cashmere overcoats in black, navy, charcoal and grey, my Oxxford camel hair double-breasted overcoat is a comment magnet with its generous hand-sewn details. These details are more subdued in my Oxxford navy, charcoal and dark grey tweed.

    For a 3/4 coat, a possibility is Loro Piana Storm System wool in camel color. It's both a wind and water proof while looking like a nice wool coat. I've found it to be a great rainy day coat.

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