Warm Up in the Best Men’s Winter Coats
When it comes to looking and feeling your best in frigid weather, having the best men’s winter coats hanging in your closet is an integral part. Because a lot of the time, that’s all anyone sees of your outfit, and the only thing keeping. you from freezing your butt off.
You want to be the guy who catches a cold but doesn’t catch the cute barista’s eye because you’re wearing a ratty, tattered coat from high school?
I don’t think so.
That’s why it’s worth upping your outerwear game this season.
The good news is, there’s still time to shop (because there’s plenty of winter left).
Plus, you know what big fans of outerwear we are here at SG HQ, so you’ll have to excuse us if we seem overly excited about heavy coat season.
And really, you’ll thank us later!
Right around the time your coat goes from “fun, layering piece” to “the only thing saving me from freezing to this icy sidewalk pavement,” you’ll appreciate the quality coat hanging in your front hall closet.
That’s why it’s only right to spend a little more time and, yes, sometimes money to find “the one.”
Sure, winter coats are already, like, the most expensive piece in a cold weather wardrobe (except winter boots maybe!), so it’s understandable why you might be feeling stingy.
But hear us out!
Your favorite graphic tee isn’t fighting off a snowstorm for ya, so if you’re interested in looking good and keeping hypothermia at bay, you’re in luck, because we’ve done the shopping for you.
Here’s what you’ll find in this men’s winter coats guide:
- How to pick a winter jacket
- The best men’s topcoats for winter
- The best puffer coats for winter
- The best men’s peacoats
- The best men’s leather jackets
- The best parkas for men
First up, three shopping tips for finding a men’s winter coat that you love:
1. Zero in on your cold weather style.
Are you a sporty puffer guy, or more inclined towards sporting a gentlemanly wool overcoat?
Want to keep things neutral with a black or navy number, or stand out from the snow in a bright color or bold pattern?
Whichever winter coat style is calling your name, embrace it!
Lean into your style and then treat your purchase well. You’ll wear your coat with more confidence if it truly reflects your unique personal style.
That doesn’t mean you can only rock one winter coat. Repeat this thoughtful purchasing process year after year and before you know it, you’ll have a coat rack full of winterwear you love.
2. Start with what you need.
And only after that, move onto what you want.
Your morning weather report will look a little different depending where you wake up in the winter.
Maybe a sherpa fleece zip-up is all you need to make it through the cold weather months.
Or your work commute calls for outerwear you would wear on Mt Everest.
When it comes to building your winter jacket repertoire, start with the jacket you’ll wear the most.
3. Determine a budget…then add a little more.
We really can’t emphasize this enough.
When it comes to outerwear, it’s worth saving up for a style that will go the distance with you, winter after winter.
As Barron Cuadro over at Effortless Gent says, “A cheaply made coat tends to fit poorly and wear out quickly because of low-quality fabric.” Not good, guys.
Investing in a quality coat means at the end of the season you’ll be able to take it to the cleaners and they’ll fix it up brand new for next year, so you won’t have to invest in a whole ‘nother coat at next year’s first snowfall.
Our tip? Determine your ideal budget, then add a little wiggle room.
While you might be on the hunt for the best affordable winter coats for men, the truth is if you find your dream coat is 20% more than you wanted to spend, it’s probably worth the extra bills.
Because poorly-made winter coats likely won’t keep you warm.
Small upgrades, like stronger closures, removable liners, and natural fibers all add dollars to the price tag, but can lower your cost in the long run.
Why? Because you won’t be forced to buy another jacket that will actually keep you warm.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on your winter jacket wardrobe.
But there’s a reason big-ticket items like outerwear are called “investment” pieces.
If you invest in it, that cold weather coat will pay dividends in the future as the cost per wear (per season!) continues to come down.
Below, shop the best and most stylish winter jackets and coats for men:
the best topcoat: Abercrombie & Fitch double-breasted wool-blend coat, $240
SG Says: Every grown man ought to have at least one proper topcoat in his hall closet.
Grey is great, though we like a classic camel color, as well.
The great thing about this jacket is you can wear it over a suit (obvs), but it almost looks better when whatever’s going on underneath is decidedly more casual.
Jeans, even sweats look great topped off with a topcoat.
There’s just something about the high-low mix that makes you look fancy af.
As for what to look for in topcoat fabrics?
Wool or a wool-cashmere blend is your best bet when it comes to this style.
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the best affordable puffer coat: The North Face, $330
SG Says: For those looking for a sportier look to keep the chill at bay, a puffer is equal parts classic and modern.
It’ll take you in your sweats to the gym, but a short puffer in a fun color can even look cool with a suit.
And you can’t get much better bang for your buck than The North Face’s iconic Nuptse. This warm, durable jacket has lofty 700-fill down and a water-repellent finish. Inspired by the classic 1996 version, you can live out your high school (or middle school!?) glory days without feeling like the weirdo who graduated but still hangs around the parking lot.
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the best affordable peacoat: Todd Snyder, $898
SG Says: Okay, hear me out. I realize that this coat is not affordable the way, say, an extra value meal, or a Ryan Reynolds cell phone plan is affordable.
This Todd Snyder style is a well-constructed classic you’ll have literally forever. Made of 90% wool and 10% cashmere, this bad boy boasts a slightly oversized fit, which looks more modern than other options out there today that sit closer to the hip and have a snugger fit.
It’s giving off-duty Jake Gyllenhall, not middle manager who wants to wear a backpack to work.
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the best affordable leather jacket: Buck Mason, $598
SG Says: A leather jacket will never go out of style, and it’s a great option if you’re looking for a black jacket so it’s definitely worth investing in genuine leather.
If you want to be able to wear it year round, opt for a cotton lining, but if you want to beef it up as a winter coat, wool or flannel also make excellent choices.
Look for sturdy metal zippers, and, of course, a few well placed pockets to stow your gloves and hat.
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the best affordable parka: Fjallraven, $600
SG Says: Invented by the Inuits for hunting in Arctic conditions, you know a parka is a smart choice for a winter coat; the style is definitely the best heavy winter coat.
The cold weather sibling to the anorak, parkas’ waterproof shells are key. They’re paired with fur lining packs in the warmth and keeps wet conditions off your back.
As a coat built on utility, parkas are the best option for those who enjoy endless pockets – look for a style that has an interior pocket as well as exterior zip pockets to insure no moisture gets to through to your goods.
An interior drawstring at the waist helps keep this boxy silhouette from overwhelming your figure, and a combined button and snap closure locks in the warmth.
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