ONE WOULD assume that a winter coat would be high on the list of must-have’s when building a solid foundational wardrobe, no matter your locale. Besides the unpredictability the winter season brings to many cities around the world, you just never know when a trusty coat will come in handy. Here in the southern hemisphere, we’re bracing for an icy winter season ahead. As such, there’s never been a better time than this moment to consolidate your wardrobe, making room for a thick coat to see you through the gloomy days ahead.
Of course, it’s never as easy as picking just any coat that you first lay your eyes on. As the fashion world would have it, there’s a plethora of styles, silhouettes (and price tags) when it comes to choosing the perfect coat. Laying out some of our favourite winter coats of all time, Esquire has curated five of the best fundamental winter coats every man should consider – and own – at one point in his life.
THE WINTER STAPLE
BOSS Double-Breasted Coat
This heavyweight double-breasted coat by BOSS ticks all the right boxes when it comes to finding a classic men’s overcoat. A touch on the dressier side, this is an ideal winter staple for those that find themselves commuting to and from work throughout the week. Working just as well over jeans and a knit as it would a full suit, you’ll notice this coat is extremely soft to touch – and thus super comfy – thanks to its luxurious blend of virgin wool and cashmere.
THE MODERN TAKE
Jill Sander Tailored Overcoat
For those looking to make a statement this season, Jill Sander’s tailored wool gabardine coat might be the pick for you. Made in Italy for an oversized and straight cut, this modern interpretation of the traditional overcoat is presented with a clean neckline and large revere – when a wide lapel is turned back and reversed. Edgy yet cool, this will remain a wardrobe staple for many winters to come.
Sandro Paris Pea Coat
Ah, the classic Peacoat… what’s not to love! Immortalised by the British and U.S Navy throughout the 20th century, the Peacoat was designed as a durable outerwear coat that would withstand the harshest of elements, from rain and wind to freezing temperatures. Today, the Peacoat serves the same function, albeit slightly modernised for the current times. Take this double breasted wool Peacoat from Sandro Paris, for example. Designed in the traditional silhouette – a coat designed with a double breasted closure that falls a little shorter than most – Sandro adds a detachable sheepskin collar for contrast (and added warmth).
THE SNOW HERO
Canada Goose MacMillan Parka
There’s a reason Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Sunshine Drops have been sold out since the end of 2022 — sure, Alix Earle’s viral TikTok video might have had something to do with it. But for those looking to add a touch of brightness to their complexion without the hassle of foundation or fake tan, then this little bottle of joy is for you. Super easy to apply, just mix three to four drops with your daily moisturiser and rub into your face and décolletage area. The result is a subtle glow that lasts all day.
THE CLASSIC TRENCH
Burberry Kensington Heritage Trench Coat
If you’re perhaps looking for the one coat to rule them all, you can’t go past Burberry’s iconic Kensington trench coat. Burberry’s trench coat has been produced in its own shower-resistant gabardine since the 1880s, invented by Thomas Burberry himself. While originally designed for British military officers of the time, it eventually transcended into a mark of distinction and social status, becoming a favourite of dashing leading men during the golden age of Hollywood cinema (who can forget Humphrey Bogart wearing his Burberry trench coat in Casablanca). Today, the trench coat is as practical (and versatile) as ever. No matter whether it’s dressed up or down, it always offers its wearer a touch of elegance and sophistication.