The Importance Of A Winter Overcoat

One thing that goes without saying when it comes to dressing for winter is the importance of owning a great overcoat. From a double-breasted check style for work to a suave tailored classic for party season, no gentleman’s wardrobe is complete without a dapper collection of outerwear.

A stylish man’s overcoat goes far beyond its practical purposes. Of course it needs to be durable, keep you warm and ideally be waterproof; but as well as all of this, an overcoat is the first layer an onlooker notices. This is why you want your coat to make the best impression that it possibly can.

Silhouette, form and the cut of an overcoat are all fundamental, with the best styles focusing just as much on their fit as their function.

Renowned British brand Reiss knows a thing or two about quality overcoats, which is why we thought we would take a closer a look at its AW13 range as the temperature continues to plummet.

Journey Through The Chill

As we reported earlier this year on FashionBeans, Reiss’ AW13 menswear collection has been inspired by the concept of ‘The Journeyman’. Personified by a love for adventure as well as great style, the Journeyman character focuses his attention on the journey itself rather than the actual destination.

Seeking durable, no-nonsense clothing that is perfect to travel in; the Journeyman is a self-assured gentleman who moves from destination to destination in pieces that are just as timeless as they are stylish.

The brand’s AW13 outerwear range ties in perfectly with this theme, offering durable pieces that are comfortable and easy to throw on yet still look effortlessly sophisticated and refined.

Reiss True To Form: The Key Styles

As we are shown in Reiss’ latest overcoat feature, True To Form, the current AW13 collection boasts a wide array of outerwear styles that are perfect for the colder months.

The striking online editorial also proves that there are many different ways of wearing each of these bold designs.

The Governor Coat

A double-breasted mac in an earthy green will pick up from where last winter left off with military influences and a utility aesthetic. Layering is key to this approach, so pull Reiss’ Governor overcoat on over a belted jacket and crew neck knit to complete the confident look:

Reiss Governor Coat

  • Reiss Dasher Fleck Print Crew Neck Knit NavyReiss Dasher Fleck Print Crew Neck Knit Navy
  • Reiss Governor Double Breasted Mac GreenReiss Governor Double Breasted Mac Green
  • Reiss Bell Moleskin-style Trousers NavyReiss Bell Moleskin-style Trousers Navy
  • Reiss Marx Brogue Boots Ox BloodReiss Marx Brogue Boots Ox Blood
The Kanye Coat

Another take on your winter look is to opt for high opulence by donning a lavish double-breasted overcoat in a rich camel hue; oversized peak lapels are an additional feature that helps give your overall aesthetic its decadent finishing touch.

Put maximum emphasis on Reiss’ luxe Kanye coat by teaming it with a simple grey crew neck knit and some on trend checked trousers:

Reiss Kanye Coat

  • Reiss Herald Crew Neck Cashmere Jumper Grey MelangeReiss Herald Crew Neck Cashmere Jumper Grey Melange
  • Reiss Kanye Double Breasted Coat Lapel CamelReiss Kanye Double Breasted Coat Lapel Camel
  • Reiss Gleneagle T Check Trousers GreyReiss Gleneagle T Check Trousers Grey
The Emperor Coat

For a classic direction, a navy pea coat crafted from a woollen blend will make the ideal addition to your winter wardrobe.

Reiss’ Emperor coat looks great worn over an extra-fine merino roll neck and textured blazer. Finish the outfit with a tailored pair of stitch-detail trousers:

Reiss Emperor Coat

  • Reiss Note Extra Fine Merino Roll Neck BlackReiss Note Extra Fine Merino Roll Neck Black
  • Reiss Belgravia Textured Blazer RoseReiss Belgravia Textured Blazer Rose
  • Reiss Emperor Wool Blend Pea Coat NavyReiss Emperor Wool Blend Pea Coat Navy
  • Reiss Piccadilly All Over Circle Stitch Detail Trousers Dark BrownReiss Piccadilly All Over Circle Stitch Detail Trousers Dark Brown
The Bentley Coat

For a stand-out take on the classic pea coat, reach for a style in a heather hue with oversized pockets and zip detailing.

Reiss’ Bentley coat fits the bill perfectly and will make a dapper finishing touch to a sharp ensemble built from a knitted suit and crisp white shirt:

Reiss Bentley Coat

  • Reiss Astley Button Down Oxford Shirt WhiteReiss Astley Button Down Oxford Shirt White
  • Reiss Modena Check Knitted Blazer LatteReiss Modena Check Knitted Blazer Latte
  • Reiss Bentley Large Pocket Peacoat HeatherReiss Bentley Large Pocket Peacoat Heather
  • Reiss Legend Two Tone Formal Trousers ChocolateReiss Legend Two Tone Formal Trousers Chocolate
The Chaplin Coat

Another way to channel a classic vibe for AW13 is by investing in a long Epsom coat in grey. Chic yet traditional, Reiss’ Chaplin coat works a treat when paired with a sharp shirt and tie, fitted trousers and a vintage-inspired felt fedora:

Reiss Chaplin Coat

  • Reiss Anson Waffle Check Textured Shirt WhiteReiss Anson Waffle Check Textured Shirt White
  • Reiss Lincoln Lycra Plated Basic Merino Vee BlackReiss Lincoln Lycra Plated Basic Merino Vee Black
  • Reiss Chaplin Long Epsom Coat NavyReiss Chaplin Long Epsom Coat Navy
  • Reiss Pevensey Felt Fedora CharcoalReiss Pevensey Felt Fedora Charcoal
  • Reiss Liverpool Dogtooth Check Trousers Light GreyReiss Liverpool Dogtooth Check Trousers Light Grey
  • Reiss Danton Formal Suit Belt With Feather Edge BlackReiss Danton Formal Suit Belt With Feather Edge Black
The Bauhaus Jacket

If you fancy taking a more laid-back approach to your outerwear this season, there are plenty of options out there that will keep you looking on trend whilst keeping it off-duty.

Reiss’ padded button-through jacket, the Bauhaus, has an air of formality to it thanks to the unique drawstring waist.

The style manages not to lose its functional qualities, though, thanks to its hood and large front pockets – perfect for a pair of winter mittens:

Reiss Bauhaus Jacket

  • Reiss Pilot Textured Cotton Knit Wine BerryReiss Pilot Textured Cotton Knit Wine Berry
  • Reiss Napolean Three Piece Suit With Subtle Check CharcoalReiss Napolean Three Piece Suit With Subtle Check Charcoal
  • Reiss Bauhaus Down Jacket BlackReiss Bauhaus Down Jacket Black
The River Jacket

Meanwhile, Reiss’ River jacket – a utility-inspired piece in the brand’s winter collection – is a casual coat with a formal twist.

Its clean and contemporary design and faux fur collar give it a touch of debonair panache whilst maintaining a laid-back feel that’s perfect for winter weekends.

Both of these more casual coats will look fantastic teamed with a chunky cable knit roll neck and a pair of multi-check wool trousers. This contrast of smart and casual is a styling technique that will never go out of vogue:

Reiss River Jacket

  • Reiss Busto Heavyweight Roll Neck Knit EmeraldReiss Busto Heavyweight Roll Neck Knit Emerald
  • Reiss River Jacket With Faux Fur Collar NavyReiss River Jacket With Faux Fur Collar Navy
  • Reiss Dove Multi-check Wool Trousers BerryReiss Dove Multi-check Wool Trousers Berry
Final Word

Sometimes throughout the winter months you’ll want to put your sharpest foot forward, opting for a formal overcoat that you can pull on over a tailored suit for that chilly commute to and from the office.

Other times you’ll want to take a more laid-back approach; reaching for off-duty pieces that have an unstructured feel, proving you don’t always have to be dressed razor sharp to exude effortless sartorial style.

Whatever overcoat you’re searching for this season, Reiss’ AW13 outerwear collection is filled with timeless investment pieces that will look just as great worn in winters to come as they do right now.

You can shop the brand’s full winter 2013 outerwear collection in Reiss stores and online at Reiss.com.