Wool Overcoats – Five Plus One
Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
I like a nice jacket as much as the next guy, but when the weather gets really cold, those aren’t always warm enough—and that’s when it’s the wool overcoat’s time to shine. Designed to be worn over your favorite suit or jacket, these coats typically extend farther down the leg than other coats, which adds both warmth and wind resistance. Even if they can appear too formal for your regular wardrobe, these coats can turn your favorite formal outfit into something that much more special.
1) Uniqlo: Wool/Cashmere Chesterfield Coat
While I wish it weren’t so, overcoats have the potential to be prohibitively expensive, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options for those who don’t want to spend a lot on one. And that’s great for those of us who aren’t going to get a chance to wear them too often. Uniqlo offers their Wool/Cashmere Chesterfield Coat, which is constructed from a 90%/10% wool/cashmere blend with a polyester lining—perfect for both warmth and a soft feel.
Available for $150 from Uniqlo.
2) Harris Wharf London: Boiled Wool Overcoat
If there is one thing I like more than heavy wool, it’s boiled wool, so it’s great to see Harris Wharf London utilizing it in their Boiled Wold Overcoat. This coat is made in Italy, from a 100% virgin boiled wool with two front hand pockets, a single interior pocket, and a single vent at the back. It’s available in both black and brown, so you can get whatever color matches your wardrobe the best.
3) Falcon Garments: Chesterfield
From the ashes of Temple of Jawnz rose a phoenix…or actually a falcon. Although they’re primarily a made-to-order leather jacket company, Falcon Garments’ Chesterfield is proof that the label knows its way around other fabrics just the same. Since each jacket is made-to-order as well, they’re available in just about every color you could hope for from black and various grays to navy, olive, taupe, and most colors in between. They come in a range of sizes and are made-to-measure if you want to plop down an extra $40. That means it’s sure to become your newest cold-weather companion.
Available for $540 from Falcon Garments.
4) Enfin Leve: Arroka Herringbone Asymmetrical Coat
Enfin Leve is best known for its techwear with unique collars and asymmetric closures, but these features translate just as well to more traditional designs, like overcoats. Their Arroka Herringbone Asymmetrical Coat is made using a wool/silk blend fabric, RiRi zippers, and a padded burgundy lining, and features the iconic asymmetric zipper closure we’ve come to know and love. And just to ensure a proper sleeve fit, it has two zippered hand pockets and zippered cuffs.
Available for $850 from Enfin Leve.
5) Stephan Schneider: Weave Wool Coat
While my favorite articles produced by Stephan Schneider are sweaters, it’s only right that I acknowledge their Weave Wool Coat as one of their most impressive garments. Made in Belgium from 100% wool, this overcoat has a wonderful exterior texture, vibrant multicolored lining, and two front hand pockets to keep you warm in the coldest of weather.
Available for $820 from Notre Shop.
Plus One—Attachment: Cashmere/Melton Hooded Overcoat
Typically, overcoats exist on the formal side of clothing, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Attachment’s Cashmere/Melton Hooded Overcoat features an asymmetrical front closure, fishtail back, and warm hood, all of which set it apart from all the other overcoats on the market. It features a double-faced melton wool/cashmere 85%/15% blend fabric with a cupro, which ensures both warmth and comfort whenever you’re wearing this piece.
Available for $1195 from Blue Owl.