How to Choose the Right Topcoat

A quality topcoat is needed in any gentleman’s wardrobe. Typically topcoats are made from the heavier natural fabric cashmere wool. A heavier cashmere piece may weigh up to or slightly more than 4 lbs. Some say the heavier the better. You can be the judge of that.


When looking for a good topcoat, remember to take into consideration that you will need room for three layers beneath it in the coldest of months. Likely you will need space for movement over a dress shirt, sweater, and some sort of coat. If you don’t often wear three layers, perhaps fitting it over your normal two will suffice.


Although you want room, you also want to be careful that the coat isn’t too bulky in the shoulders, chest, and waist. It should fit squarely on the shoulders over your suit coat.


The length of a topcoat is usually either a full length or 3/4 length. For a more traditional look, opt for the full length. If a youthful and modern look is what you are going for, choose the 3/4 topcoat. The “new full length” tail should arrive just below the knee while the 3/4 will land below the knee. Tip: A longer tail can make you appear a bit shorter so take your height into consideration when choosing length.


Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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