How to Buy Men's Coats and Jackets
There are men's coats and jackets of many different styles and functions available, new and used, on eBay. This guide will take you through the various factors you need to consider when selecting these clothes.
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Finding just the right style for a men’s coat is important, but it can also be stressful if you’re looking to make an impression. Function, fashion, and usability are keys to the perfect men’s coat. There are so many things to consider when purchasing a coat online. Does the coat need a hood? Does it need to be well insulated or perhaps even heated? Does it need to be water resistant or waterproof? Can it be casual or will it be worn in a more formal setting? Those questions can only be answered by the person buying the men’s coat. To help you choose the right coat, here are the most common materials and styles that are used to create men’s coats:
- Denim: Denim coats or jackets are also called a jean jacket or trucker jacket. Men’s denim jackets are perfect for casual wear. There are some designed for more business casual purposes.
- Bomber: Bomber jackets are also known as flight jackets. A flight jacket that was originally created for pilots eventually became part of popular culture and apparel. Bomber jackets often come with an extra pocket or two on the inside of the jacket. These jackets can also have liners inside of them for extra warmth. They are great for casual outfits.
- Peacoat: Peacoats are also known as a sailor’s heavy coat. Peacoats are double-breasted, lined with six buttons, and have large reverses to be fastened with a chin strap. They have vertical pockets. A peacoat hangs to your hips. These coats can be very warm. They are great for business casual and business wear. Because they are so versatile, they can also be worn with casual outfits.
- Loden: Loden is named after the material which is a matted and waterproof wool. It is pine green in color. This coat has a shirt collar, buttons in braided leather or bone, armholes with great stitching, and a long fold on the back that opens from the top. There are also slanted pockets with flaps and bands with buttons at the end of each sleeve. Loden coats are great for business casual and formal wear.
- Duffel: Duffel coats were often used by Belgian sailors and are made of heavy woolen fabric. It is also known as a Montgomery coat. Duffel coats are hooded and have frog fasteners. This coat comes with two large patched pockets. They are lined and hang to almost the mid-thigh. These coats work well for both casual and business formal environments.
- Trench: A trench coach is a very light coat and is often more suitable for wearing in the fall and autumn months. Trench coats were introduced as long rain coats. A trench coat is often characterized by shoulder pads, double-breasted fasteners a triangular brim overlapping the fastening. They may or may not be water resistant.
- Parka: A type of coat with a hood lined. Parkas are pull-over or zip-up coats and are typically waterproof and sometimes have drawstrings at the waist and cuffs. They are designed for use in cold environments. They may be water resistant or waterproof.
- Windbreaker: A wind-resistant jacket, known as a windbreaker, uses a close-fitting neck, waistband, and cuffs in order to keep the wind from penetrating it. These jackets are very lightweight. Windbreaker material is often used as a liner for other coats.
- Fleece: A lightweight casual jacket made of polyester synthetic wool. Fleece jackets are not waterproof, but are water resistant, and will not keep out the wind.
What Occasions Call for a Jacket?
Jackets are more versatile than you might think. Here’s how you can wear a jacket for different occasions:
- Informal: Jackets can be worn outside the workplace, generally in informal environments. They can be used to complement any outfit. You can pair them with T-shirts and jeans to create an elegant and relaxed look.
- Formal: Jackets are an integral part of a business suit. Sports coats can be paired atop button-down shirts for a less formal, but still elegant, look. The color, pattern, and material should match the rest of your outfit to give it a formal look.
- Outerwear: Coats and jackets are often used as an external layer on top of clothing.
What Fabrics are Popular for Coats?
Materials used to make coats include:
- Wool: This is a natural fiber from the fleece of sheep. Wool jackets are warm and waterproof. They can be both outerwear or suit jackets, depending on the blend.
- Cotton: This natural fiber is light and plant-based. Cotton can be used for suit jackets and light outerwear.
- Silk: This high-end fiber is often used for designer suits and sport coats.
- Leather: This is the classic material for biker jackets and other coats, though leather suits can also be found.
- Fleece: This warm, water-wicking material is a common inner layer below waterproof coats and used in sporty outerwear. It is made from polypropylene.
- Down: Feather-filled jackets provide warmth in sub-zero temperatures. They are typically stuffed inside breathable fabrics that can release air when the feathers are compacted.
- Gore-Tex: This wicking, waterproof material will allow you to sweat and still keep dry from the rain.
What Embellishments Do Men’s Coats and Jackets Have?
Depending on the purpose of the jacket, you can find a number of embellishments and closures.
- Zippers, snaps, and buttons: There are a number of closure options to choose from. Suit jackets tend to button while sportier jackets usually have zippers.
- Patches and emblems: Team jackets may have school mascot logos or sports team logos and team numbers.
- Embroidery: Team jackets may have names and player numbers on them. Other jackets may have embroidered brand logos.
- Lapels: Suit jackets are often categorized by the shape and cut of the lapels.
- Pockets: Storage options on coats will range from streamlined pockets in a suit coat to an abundance of pockets in a cargo coat. Specialized jackets, like bike jackets, have uniquely located pockets that allow you to keep items on your back, in easy reach, while you're bent over your handlebars.
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