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Suits and bad weather

spokebe

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I've started wearing suits to work this year and need advice on how to wear them during rainy weather/fall season.

I currently just use an umbrella, but as it gets colder, what's your advice? Do I get a trench? How about in the winter?
 

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How cold does it get in winter where you live? If it gets too cold to be outside wearing just a suit then yes, you will need an overcoat. Possibly two—one raincoat for cool wet weather and one warmer overcoat for cold weather.
 

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If you're spending any amount of time outside in rain or snow - you really want something full length too. There seems to be a big trend in shorter coats (of course, fewere and fewer people wear suits so for the vast majority this isn't a problem). And, don't forget about the shoes. If you're out in wet conditions for more than just a couple minutes and have to slog through snow or puddles you'll want to make sure you don't ruin good shoes. But, if it's just wet pavement and you're walking 100 yards from parking lot to office and not going through snow, then shoes will be fine.
 

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How cold does it get in winter where you live? If it gets too cold to be outside wearing just a suit then yes, you will need an overcoat. Possibly two—one raincoat for cool wet weather and one warmer overcoat for cold weather.
Thanks for good advice!
 

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If you're spending any amount of time outside in rain or snow - you really want something full length too. There seems to be a big trend in shorter coats (of course, fewere and fewer people wear suits so for the vast majority this isn't a problem). And, don't forget about the shoes. If you're out in wet conditions for more than just a couple minutes and have to slog through snow or puddles you'll want to make sure you don't ruin good shoes. But, if it's just wet pavement and you're walking 100 yards from parking lot to office and not going through snow, then shoes will be fine.
True, I have seen shorter jackets. Thanks for good advice!
 

Stuart Midgley

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The Grenfell Windsor is an old-school, proper-length (for a trench-coat) DB trench with the option of a removable wool inner layer (called a 'warmer') that will keep your suit (and your) nice and safe and warm and dry. Excellent quality too.
 

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If you want to mix things up you can even get away with a military field jacket. I've worn a French M 65 style jacket and a scarf with my suits for years and think it looks rather good.
 

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