Posted by menstyleqa on Apr 9, 2012 in Jackets & Coats, Men's Clothing | 2 comments
I’m looking to buy a nice new trenchcoat or other long overcoat. Where on my body should they end?
If you wear suits or jackets, and are planning on wearing the coat over them, be sure that it is both long enough to fall well past the bottom edge of your jackets and loose enough that they won’t get bunched up.
Wear a suit or sport jacket when you go shopping and try on the coats to be sure you’ve got room in the shoulders and chest. You want to be able to move freely, but you don’t want a lot of extra sag — if there’s too much empty air floating around in your coat it won’t do a good job of keeping you warm.
Longer overcoats can either hit you below the knees or above them, and both look good. Which one to get is a practical decision — if you’re walking around outside a lot, the longer the coat the better. It’s protection for your legs and it won’t be in your way as long as you’re moving. On the other hand, if you’re mostly going to be sitting or driving in your coat, something that hits above the knee will get in your way a lot less. Both are fine in fashion terms, so make the choice based on your activity.
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