Color for one and only overcoat?

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  1. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Being that I live on the Gulf Coast, I've gotten away with not having an overcoat for a long time. But now, I want one. I'd rather not have to buy more than one, since it's necessary for me to wear a coat only a few days of the year. I have pale skin and dark hair, so I've always gone for navy and grey suits. I'm really leaning towards a camel colored 3/4. I imagine camel would go with just about anything...even looks pretty decent with a light grey suit to me. Thoughts? Also, would camel be inappropriate for a funeral?

    Oh yes and my shoes are either black or burgundy. I don't do browns.
     
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    I would go with black. Looks great at night when going to dinner or the opera, and for daytime would be appropriate for business attire and funerals.
     


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    How many funerals does someone have to go to for them to be relevant? Black is a colour which is very often specifically ruled out at funerals in the twenty first century.
     


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    Veremund Senior member

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    One is enough.
     


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    Dark grey herringbone.
     


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    Absolutly,blue.
    Blue midnight or blue navy.
     


  7. GBR

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    but not to justify having an out-moded garment in one's wardrobe.
     


  8. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not enough information to inform you of a good color choice.

    Since you say you have a pale complexion, camel is the worst choice. You will wash out the most wearing camel. Camel is ok if you have several topcoats and want one for daytime. Camel isn't dressy enough for other occasions.

    If you are having one made you have to determine how/when it will be worn and what style you want. These answers will determine what color and cloth will work.

    Start with if you want a beater coat for bad weather. If so, don't get a luxe cloth or a nappy finish, get something with a hard worsted finish in a color that doesn't show stains or dirt in a casual style.

    If it's worn for business over a suit get a grey for everyday or navy if you want it to be dressier. Single breasted is practical and easy to wear. Double breasted is dressier and has more presence.

    If you will wear it over shirts, sweaters or sport coats as much or more than with a suit, pick a more textured cloth with casual styling. A dark navy topcoat over casual clothing looks off. There are exceptions when you style it and fit it more fashionably

    If you want a topcoat for dressing up, navy blue DB or a grey chesterfield.

    If you want something versatile get a vicuna/cognac color or a dark chocolate brown. These shades go well with blue or grey suits, can be worn with just about anything except formal wear. They are both dark enough to compliment your complexion.

    The color you pick and cloth type will have to be compatible with the styling and vice versa.
     
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  9. javyn

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    Thanks for the responses guys. Essentially I would only wear it over a suit on my way to work the few days of the year it's cold here. I was considering camel just to be different, but yeah, good point on the color. I wish I had the complexion and hair to where browns and camel looked good on me.

    I'm sure a full length coat is preferred here, but I'm a very short slender guy and think a full size coat would look bad. I'm looking at 3/4s.

    Looking like a grey chesterfield is going to be my most versatile choice, boring as it may be.

    Not going to consider black either. Have a black suit and I don't even wear it to funerals anymore.
     
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    Grey will be great too. :)
     


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