One Coat Wardrobe: Find me a versatile coat

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  1. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    Inspired by the Foof.

    Assume I'm starting from scratch, which is more versatile? Raincoat with liner or topcoat? Is there another option?

    - I would layer and add scarves/hats/gloves as needed to stay warm.

    - For Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern climates. I don't get cold easily, but do get overheated.

    - I typically dress casually, but want it to be wearable with a suit or sportcoat.

    The question is whether to prioritize staying dry on the wettest days or being warm on the coldest days.

    Corollary:

    The coldest temperature a raincoat with a liner could keep one warm is ____?
     


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    RedLetterDay Senior member

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    I think one of the main deciding factors here would be where in the country you live or spend the majority of your time. I live in Northwestern PA and I don't think a raincoat/liner would get me through some of the winters.
     


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    I would not get a raincoat. I have two but rarely wear them. They've not very warm, and I dislike dealing with a wet coat. They also look weird when it's not raining, like you think you're a secret agent. I'd rather have a nice coat and a nice umbrella.

    If I were to have only one, I'd get a plain gray wool coat cut slightly above the knee. No duffles, no coverts, no velvet collars. Casual enough for khakis, dressy enough for a suit.
     


  4. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    - For Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern climates.

    I think one of the main deciding factors here would be where in the country you live or spend the majority of your time. I live in Northwestern PA and I don't think a raincoat/liner would get me through some of the winters.

    United States; see above for region.
     


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    greekonomist Senior member

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    I would not get a raincoat. I have two but rarely wear them. They've not very warm, and I dislike dealing with a wet coat. They also look weird when it's not raining, like you think you're a secret agent. I'd rather have a nice coat and a nice umbrella.

    I guess you're on to something about raincoats looking weird when it's not raining. My old roommate used to wear one all the time, and he did look a little like a spy.

    I have trouble finding knee-length coats that come to my knees and not much, much lower. Suggestions?
     


  6. mafoofan

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    Isn't a camel hair polo coat the orthodox answer?
     


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    Assuming you found the coat that works, the question becomes "would one do it?", o rwould you then need to ponder how many you'd need?
     


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    greekonomist Senior member

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    Isn't a camel hair polo coat the orthodox answer?

    Is it? I haven't heard Manton or your mentor, Iammatt, say that. [​IMG]

    I like camel but

    (1) aren't those a bit heavy for mild days?

    (2) is camel really the most versatile color?
     


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    If I were to have only one, I'd get a plain gray wool coat cut slightly above the knee. No duffles, no coverts, no velvet collars. Casual enough for khakis, dressy enough for a suit.
    I would never have just one, but if had to, which I won't, I'd go with this too. I'd add single breasted for versatility. Maybe something interesting yet versatile for the cloth (e.g. grey herringbone).
     


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    Assuming you found the coat that works, the question becomes "would one do it?", o rwould you then need to ponder how many you'd need?

    Obviously once I settle on the right coat I'll by 5 additional copies.
     


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    greekonomist Senior member

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    I would never have just one, but if had to, which I won't, I'd go with this too. I'd add single breasted for versatility. Maybe something interesting yet versatile for the cloth (e.g. grey herringbone).

    Sounds nice, but hard to find. All I see in the stores is black, really. And I'm not going bespoke.
     


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    I'd be wary of grey coat because I wear a lot of grey pants and grey suits.
     


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    greekonomist Senior member

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    I'd be wary of grey coat because I wear a lot of grey pants and grey suits.

    Hmm, I find grey on grey (different shades) looks better than blue on blue, FWIW. But I agree camel goes well with grey.
     


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    Hmm, I find grey on grey (different shades) looks better than blue on blue, FWIW. But I agree camel goes well with grey.

    I dunno. Neither is optimal. But since I don't ever wear khakis, a camel/rust/brown coat would be my picl.
     


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    Sounds nice, but hard to find. All I see in the stores is black, really. And I'm not going bespoke.

    Really? Grey herringbone coats are quite common. Nitro on eBay consistently has Isaia ones
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-285O-ISAIA-W...3A1%7C294%3A50
     


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