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What color is your overcoat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bigbadbuff, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Well-Known Member

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    I am about to get an overcoat from one of the many clearance sales in the next few weeks, and trying to decide on the color. I am personally stuck between black and charcoal grey, as I think those look best for this kind of coat and go with the most things. Which color do you have and why?

    As an aside, is there a reason to choose flap pockets over slit on this kind of coat? Most I see are made with flap, which seems odd to me, as I'll certainly want to put my hands in the pockets- and slit pockets make that a lot easier/looks better, IMO.
     
  2. FIHTies

    FIHTies Well-Known Member

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    As you want to get a feel for what you should do, and not out of curiosity, I would have phrased the poll a little bit differently, so as to reflect what coat people would want rather than what coat people have.

    This way you would get a feel for whatpeople feel is a better and more versatile color rather than what people have for whatever reason (clearance, availability etc.)

    Also I think that you find more flap pockets on double breasted coats and slit on single breasted with the difference between the two being that DB I think is usually dressier and Single (raglan or similar style) more casual so on a double breasted you would not be sticking your hands in the pockets wheras in a single you would.

    JJF
     
  3. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Well-Known Member

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    good point- everyone feel free to approach it that way if you like.
     
  4. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Well-Known Member

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    I have a camel colored overcoat.  I bought it because I thought it would be versatile than navy, black or charcoal.
     
  5. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone here wear their black overcoat with brown shoes?
     
  6. FIHTies

    FIHTies Well-Known Member

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    Personally I think that Charcoal is the most versatile and we recently had this discussion on Andy's, http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/F...?TOPIC_ID=3945 and as you can see, as with all discussions and opinions you will have 10 people weighing in here with about 14 opinions. Also, Scupe, in all fairness, so that the thread doesnt get hijacked and heads off in a different direction start another thread on the what shoes to wear with said coat. As a victim of hijacking let me tell you it can be upsetting. JJF
     
  7. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    I think flap pockets help to break up the solid plane of an overcoat, but go with what you like.
     
  8. TomW

    TomW Well-Known Member

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    I voted navy, because I wear it more frequently, but I have overcoats in navy, charcoal, and camel. I wear the navy the most, followed by the charcoal and rarely the camel.
     
  9. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I have a charcoal SB, a tabaco colored cashmere SB, a tan trench coat, a leather trench coat (for eastern europe).
     
  10. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    I have a black overcoat -- and regret that I didn't go with charcoal.
     
  11. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    If it must be one overcoat--heaven forbid--then:

    black
    double-breasted
    peak lapels
    slash pockets
    Loro Piana Storm System 100% cashmere
    high slit in back (with button half-way)
    handmade buttonholes and finishing
    mid-calf or longer length

    Next year, try a camel hair tweed double-breasted one.

    If cashmere isn't your thing, try Escorial, 14-micron, guanaco, silk, leather, etc. In fact, Brioni makes a cashmere/silk reversible and a leather/cashmere reversible. The NYC 57th Street store might have them on sale right now.

    My favorite color is the one that's whatever I'm wearing today, and I will wear differnet favorite color tomorrow.
     
  12. ernest

    ernest Well-Known Member

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    2 black (rather used)
    1 medium grey (from my father)

    And I would like to buy a navy and a dark grey.
     
  13. dah328

    dah328 Well-Known Member

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    No.  One more reason to choose charcoal.

    dan
     
  14. Bradford

    Bradford Well-Known Member

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    I have a traditional tan Burberry-style trenchcoat - it's a J.G. Hook knockoff - but is very nice.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get much use here in the desert - I haven't worn it once in the last 5 years.\\
     
  15. shqiptar

    shqiptar Well-Known Member

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    My only overcoat is black and well into the third year. When I bought it didn't care as much about clothes as I do these days. Strangely enough it doesn't show much wear despite being a blend of 70% wool, 20% nylon, and 10% cashmere.

    The next coat will be a 100% wool/cashmere in medium grey or navy blue, provided the prices drop further.
     
  16. topcatny

    topcatny Well-Known Member

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    Since I only have one topcoat, I purchased Charcoal Grey. I needed something that could be worn with both black and brown shoes. The next one I purchase will definitely be black though.
     
  17. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    Since I live in South Florida, and my recent travels abroad were during periods of heat in the perspective countries traveled, and have no real use for an overcoat, I only have one; a Lauren by Ralph Lauren (I hear people cringing) in black wool, SB 3-button with high single vent and flap pockets. I bought it over a year ago and it has yet to be tailored, so you see why I bought something fairly inexpensive, and on sale. I am sure it is completely fused, but I don't care. If I wanted a nice overcoat I would have purchased the Borrelli I saw on the web for close to $900, instead of spending $175 for the RL.

    Jon.
     
  18. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    I own a black cashmere overcoat, a brownish Harris Tweed overcoat, and a tan wool Storm System raincoat.


    However, even though I don't own a charcoal grey overcoat, if I were going to own only one, it would be charcoal grey.
     
  19. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Well-Known Member

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    Not only is charcoal grey very versatile, it doesn't show lint as badly as black or navy do.
     
  20. jasonpraxis

    jasonpraxis Well-Known Member

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    I have a black cashmere topcoat and a charcoal wool 3/4 length overcoat. The charcoal wool is far more versatile, but less dressy. Now that I have the option (the topcoat was a recent purchase), I am unlikely to wear the overcoat with a suit or sportcoat. All in, I enjoy the black topcoat more, but appreciate and need the versatility of the charcoal overcoat more often.
     

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