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’l find in this men’s winter coats guide:
- How to pick a winter jacket
- The best men’s topcoats for winter
- Best puffers for winter
- The best men’s peacoats
- The best men’s leather jackets
First, three shopping tips for finding a winter jacket you love:
1. Figure out what you want
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, we say: 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. Match what you want with what you need
Of course, your morning weather report looks a little different depending where you’re waking up.
Maybe a sherpa fleece zip-up is all you need to make it through the winter months. Or you can’t even consider outerwear unless it’s approved for climbing Mt Everest.
When it comes to building your winter jacket repertoire, start with the jacket you’ll wear the most. Yes, even if it tips towards sturdy over stylish.
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, but leave a little wiggle room.
If you find your dream coat is 20% more than you wanted to spend, it’s probably worth the extra bills.
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.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.
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, what to look for in four classic winter coats:
SG Says: Every grown man ought to have at least one proper topcoat in his hall closet. Grey is great, though we tend to prefer a classic camel color. 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. Just something about the high-low mix that makes you look fancy af.
As for fabrics?
Wool or a wool-cashmere blend is your best bet when it comes to this style.
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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.
Look for down stuffing to keep you extra toasty, and a hood for bonus points! To prevent adding any extra bulk to this thicker style, look for seam pockets with zip closures at the sides.
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SG Says: Named for the “Pije” coat worn by the Dutch Navy, the peacoat is easily identifiable by its double-breasted buttons.
The classic styles were made of wool, and that fabric is what you can still look for in your peacoat today. A bit of cashmere or silk makes for a nice blended version as well. Seam pockets help make the peacoat as functional as it is stylish.
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SG Says: A leather jacket will never go out of style, 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.
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SG Says: Invented by the Inuits for hunting in Arctic conditions, you know a parka is a smart choice for a 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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Ready to upgrade with your winter wardrobe? A member of Team SG is ready to create your perfect shopping plan.