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Need some advice on a versatile coat option for mild winters

webwing

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Since moving back to Arizona I have relied almost exclusively on a hooded windproof fleece for all my outerwear needs for the 3 to 3.5 months that call for an outer layer. While it does the trick for weather into the 30s with proper layering, my wife has been asking for a dressier option when going out. Admittedly this technical jacket looks really out of place over a nice shirt/sweater and chinos. AZ is extremely casual so I only break out the blazers at rare formal events. I went to Suitsupply today to look at their overcoats, but quickly realized this was going to be too formal again. So I'm looking for suggestions on what would be the most versatile coat that looks good/dressy with a range of shirt/chinos/dress shoes to a sneakers/jeans/sweater or even a Henley, but not too formal. It doesn't need to fit over a suit or even a blazer. I'd wear it to work (a casual engineering corporate office), on business trips in colder but not too cold weather, and for previously mentioned parties and nights out.

At Suitsupply they steered me towards a field jacket for my getup:

A few other options I found might work:



With our ever milder winters in AZ I can't really justify more than 1 dressy and 1 technical outerwear piece so I'm really looking for the most versatile option rather than multiple styles. Thanks!
 

ter1413

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I like the SuitSupply option best....if it has a little weight to it.

Bonobos is number 2, though I don’t like Ike the “slanted” pockets. I prefer straight pockets.

I would not consider the Banana option. It’s a shirt. Forget that.

Not crazy about the Barbour. Get something different.
 

Daniel Hakimi

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The field jackets might be light (they don't look like they'd handle 30 degree weather, barely even 50 degree weather), and maybe too casual -- at least the BR one. The bonobos coat looks pretty good, but probably isn't worth full price. What's your budget? I'd recommend Private White VC, Valstar, and, if you're willing to spend a lot, Stoffa.
 

georgeka

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Probably pea coat... I wear mine almost always without a sweater and walk to work around 30 minutes (temperature in my region rarely drops below -5C). Mine was made by Mackintosh, lighter than from Private White VC, SEH Kelly, Schott NYC and many others.
 

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I second the recommendation for a Pea Coat. A car coat would also work well
 

Panama

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A good alternative to a pea coat would be a duffel, it goes really well with chinos and boots.
 

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