Of all the things that signal the arrival of winter (Black Friday madness, holiday movies landing on the Hallmark Channel), nothing quite marks the seasonal shift like breaking out your beloved winter coat. From sporting it while apple picking upstate to early coffee morning runs, your coat is your ally for combating the harsh touch of winter. While we’re all for increasing the lifetime of garments, there’s an argument for a refresh after the tumultuous year that we’ve all had. It’s time to find an outerwear piece that properly reflects your maturer state of mind.
Finding the right winter coat is like finding a partner or the perfect apartment—it takes time. You want a garment that will support you during the good, the bad, and the ugly (hey, we all can’t be Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy or Harry Styles). The key to this is to figure out what type of dresser you are. Are you the type of gentleman who wants a do-it-all black wool coat to see you through casual days and cocktail hours? Or, are you an explorer looking for an insulating, weatherproof piece for your next adventure? Maybe your personal style is something completely different. From there, it’s a case of throwing yourself in the deep end and seeing what resonates with you on the market.