With Winter now having come to a close, it’s time to prepare for the wet and windy wonders of the Spring season. Due to the fact we live in England, Spring unfortunately doesn’t mean bright skies and sunshine… hell even summer here doesn’t mean bright skies and sunshine. So, What better way to shelter yourself from the April showers with an old naval classic, which was bang on trend right the way through Autumn/Winter. An item which has used a contrast in textures as its main theme, giving itself a personality as well as a little bit of rebellion from the norms of most garments. It is of course the classic wooden toggle Duffel Coat.
Now the duffle has come along way from its naval and sea faring origins but will always remain true to its cause and meaning. Its design and style has hardly ever been altered over the years, and why should it, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. With either wooden or horn toggles on rope loops and patch pockets large enough to accommodate even the new Ipad, this garment has bags of personality and character. It is easy to assume that whenever one is seen wearing that they have stories to tell. Not forgetting, of course, the trademark hood which is essential during the Autumn/Winter season, but also invaluable during the sporadic showers in Spring.
Quintessentially British, Mark Smith of Gloverall says the duffle coat is “A timeless design classic with real history and heritage that adapts to any look, style, gender or age”. New life is being breathed into them by the various big name designers and brands. With an influx of new colour and fabrics such as nylon, new textures and fittings will be made available to the public, giving slimmer and shorter proportions to those who prefer it that way.
There is no rule to how and what the duffel coat can be worn with. However with its distinctive naval and military background, when in doubt just bring in some dark denim jeans and boots. Bare in mind however that the whole point of the duffel coat is its simplicity, so keep your lines clean and sharp, your shoes polished and your grooming well kept. Borrow from the whole military ethos that has been a major influence on men’s fashion over the last year.
The new releases for Spring see the duffle button up system in knitwear as well which is perfect for over sizing and using as a make-shift jacket. Cropped, lightweight versions are perfect for Spring, so let’s drag this revitalised piece of clothing right from the previous season and into this one. It is a timeless garment which will last and will serve you well through 3 of the main seasons each and every year. This jacket is less of a trend and more of a classic heritage investment.