Outerwear is an investment. Well-made coats and jackets are expensive; thankfully, much of the time you really get what you pay for. And good outerwear lasts. Classic styles — the arctic parka, the bomber jacket, the raincoat, the field jacket and the motorcycle jacket — eschew trends and will look stylish for decades to come. So play the long game, invest in something worthwhile, and every time you don your coat, know that it’s going to both do its job and look the part.
The Arctic Parka
Insulated with down and lined with fur, the arctic parka will keep you warm in the most frigid conditions.
Who to Channel: polar explorers and international scientists
Pairings: rugged winter boots and a full beard
Down Parka by Adidas $275
Arctic Parka DF by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $765
Carson Parka by Canada Goose $999
Grafton Shearling-Trimmed Down Parka by Moncler $2,665
Whether worn over a suit or your casual digs, a topcoat adds an element of refinement to any outfit.
Who to Channel: Raf Simons, rockstar architects
Pairings: tailored trousers, muted colors
Boiled Wool Overcoat by COS $350
Luchino Coat by A.P.C. $620
Double-Breasted Cashmere Coat by Hardy Amies $1,250
Austin Wool Overcoat by Massimo Alba $2,015
The Bomber Jacket
A versatile mid-weight jacket, the bomber pairs well with most casual outfits.
Who to Channel: mid-’80s Tom Cruise
Pairings: chinos and a white tee
MA-1 TT by Alpha Industries $145
MA-1 Shell Jacket by J.Crew $180
Wool-Flannel Bomber Jacket by Aspesi $685
Suede Bomber Jacket by AMI $1,385
Who says rainwear has to look technical? Don’t be caught in a downpour without one of these stylish options.
Who to Channel: Humphrey Bogart, protagonists from UK crime thrillers
Pairings: a clean haircut and a suit
Stockholm Raincoat by Stutterheim $295
Thor Raincoat by Norse Projects $385
Tech-Shell Raincoat by Todd Snyder $600
Bonded-Shell Raincoat by Mackintosh $785
The Field Jacket
Built for function and longevity, the field jacket looks equally good in the woods and the city.
Who to Channel: De Niro in Taxi Driver, revolutionaries and free-thinkers
Pairings: faded jeans and vintage sweatshirts
Field Jacket by Filson $495
Roadmaster Jacket by Belstaff $795
Linen Field Jacket by Private White V.C. $920
Suede Field Jacket by Brunello Cucinelli $5,595
The Motorcycle Jacket
Definitely an investment piece, the leather motorcycle jacket will last a lifetime and look better with every passing year.