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Overcoat Recommendation

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by never behind, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. never behind

    never behind Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Before I found this forum and knew any better, I made the mistake of buying an online MTM overcoat. While the coat fits okay, my beef is it is too light. It is a 15oz fabric. Now that I work in an urban area and have to walk more outside, I’m just cold too often. Today is 30 degrees with a light wind and it was bearable with my sport coat and overcoat. Any colder or windier and walking more than a block or two is unpleasant.

    While my current coat will work okay for fall/spring, I need something heavier. I work for a conservative accounting firm, so I think an overcoat/topcoat is the way to go, even if I rarely wear a suit (I always wear a sport coat).

    I’d appreciate thoughts on weight - is 18oz too light or should I shoot for 20-22oz? Wind is probably worse to me than air temp, so maybe a thicker weave is better than just outright weight? I’ll admit a British Warm is appealing, as I’m a sucker for the whole “military heritage” bit. Buy that weight may be too much.

    Also, recommendations on where to buy? I don’t relish spending $1,000-$1,2000 but I will if I have to. I do want something that I can wear till I die (hopefully 40-50 more years ). I’ve browsed BB and O’Connells. If I tough it out, can I snag a deal post-Christmas or later in the winter?

    Many thanks in advance for the help.


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  2. delicious_scent

    delicious_scent Senior Member

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  3. momsdoc

    momsdoc Connoisseur

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    One of many choices out there. This one comes with a zip out lining for extra warmth when needed. No mention of the weight, but an email will solve that.

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    Without liner and saving some bucks.

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    For maximum warmth, nothing beats a DB coat. Getting pricey. They were about 20% less on Black Friday. Frankly were I using your parameters, with wind protection as my most important function, this bad boy would win. The Oconnell’s above would be a toss up, but if I was to have only one, I’d be going navy or charcoal.

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    Now if price were no object, and I wanted tan.

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  4. never behind

    never behind Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I have to admit that King Coat is absolutely dashing. I also agree on the navy/charcoal; the pause for me on the British Warm was the color.


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  5. Matt S

    Matt S Connoisseur

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    15 oz is a sports coat weight. 18 oz is also a traditional sports coat weight! There have been some good recommendations already. I have a British warm that I wear a lot in the cold weather, and I love the heavy weight. Weight is a big help with the wind.

    18 oz is for a lightweight topcoat, and that's not appropriate for 30 degrees. That's more like what most people I see are wearing today, and they look too cold! That's for more like autumn/spring. 22 oz is the minimum you'll want for this weather, but 28 oz might be better if you're spending some time outside.
     
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  6. never behind

    never behind Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Interesting that several of the overcoats on O'Connell's site are 19oz and they call those "heavy weight."
     
  7. Matt S

    Matt S Connoisseur

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    You want heavy? I have a 32 oz pea coat.
     
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  8. TweedyDon

    TweedyDon Connoisseur

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    In case anyone's interested, a LOT of beautiful vintage topcoats and overcoats will be coming to the Thrift Exchange very soon--many of which will put the quality of contemporary offerings to share! :)
     
  9. delicious_scent

    delicious_scent Senior Member

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    I'm glad I didn't go for a 24 oz. slim fit version I found, anything less would not work all winter for me, and even then some proper layering is required.
     
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    delicious_scent Senior Member

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