Most people who know me know that I have a love-hate relationship with Autumn/Winter. I love dressing for cooler (or colder) weather but I hate the cold. I remember the first time I had to experience the chill and needed a coat (and by this, I don’t mean opening my freezer in the Caribbean). I was 11 and my parents took me to New York to visit family. We ended up staying just past Labour Day and after taking in all the festivities on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, the temperature dropped. By all means, it must not have been a major thing for folks living in New York, but this was my maiden voyage to the big apple and anything below 17 degrees (63F) did not make sense. Suffice it to say, the temperature dropped way below “normal” and sparked my need for and my first relationship with a men’s coat.
Since that first coat, I have had many relationships (if you know what I mean) and every time I have had to choose one to buy and wear, color, cut, silhouette and texture has been my guiding light. This stands true for both heavy pieces for the colder temps and for lighter overcoats for the warmer season. On a recent jaunt through Mayfair, London (my third home in my tri-habitat life) I grabbed one of my favorite which ticks all the boxes of my coat buying and wearing requirements.
Men’s Coat Buying Guidelines
COLOR: If you follow me on IG (@GeoffKCooper) you would know I have a longstanding love affair with color. My rules for coats are simple, a colour that complements or contrasts my skin tone. Being one of the best mixes of chocolate does give me an advantage, but every man has his color or colors.
CUT: I spend a lot of time looking at the garments our ancestors wore and cut is as ever as important today as it was then. I always choose a coat with a cut that offers a tailored feel and a contemporary fit.
SILHOUETTE: How something falls on you is extremely important to how it looks on you. My choice for coats has been very much based on slightly oversized volumes of late. It’s trendy and it’s comfortable.
TEXTURE: The texture of a men’s coat is possibly the second most important purchasing factor for me. I love and choose fabrics that have character and a finishing that allows me to feed into my uniqueness.
Side Note: Massive thanks to my mom and dad for all the warm encasements they have afforded me over the years, especially my first major spend during college.
Photography: Luke Hodges
Hat: Panizza 1879
T-shirt: J. Crew
Sweatpants: John Elliot
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