There are so many things we love about summer. The sunshine, the longer days and the warmer nights. However, when it comes to style, the colder months win hands down. One of the main reasons for this is the luxe layers we get to wrap ourselves up in - particularly when it comes to overcoats. In this week's Menswear Diaries entry we look at the key overcoat styles you need for the autumn/winter months, as well as suggesting some stylish ways to wear them.

The Pea coat

Originally worn by sailors, the pea coat is one of the most essential items for every man's capsule wardrobe. Traditionally crafted from navy-coloured heavyweight wool, pea coats are recognised by their double-breasted fronts, broad lapels and large wooden, metal or plastic buttons. Many modern styles maintain the classic design and composition of the pea coat, giving this timeless piece of outerwear an easily identifiable, heritage feel.

On Reiss: Emperor in navy ticks all the boxes of a traditional pea coat's aesthetic. With an exterior crafted from a wool-rich blend, wear yours with everything from a finely tailored suit during the week to a basic polo and slim-fit jeans at the weekend.

The Statement Overcoat

We've seen tailoring take a far more experimental turn in recent years, with prints and patterns showing up in boardrooms everywhere. For AW13 however, it's the overcoat's turn to make a bold style statement. Opt for a tailored coat that features oversized checks in autumnal shades to turn heads for all the right reasons throughout the colder months.

On Reiss: A dapper coat that will inject an instant dose of sartorial style into your look, Miles in chocolate deserves a prime place in your outerwear collection. Don't be afraid to wear over a checked suit for an even bolder approach. Polish the look off with a pair of tasselled loafers.

The Mac

One of the most classic raincoat styles, the Mackintosh is traditionally a waterproof overcoat that was first sold in 1824, crafted from rubberised fabric. Taking its name from the Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics, Charles Macintosh, many writers added the letter k over time which has remained standard. Although the Mac was traditionally made from rubberised or rubber laminated material, today it can be found in many different fabrics giving it a contemporary update.


On Reiss: As far as stylish updates of the Mac go, Hudson in blue fits the bill perfectly. Crafted from a wool and nylon blend, this durable piece of outerwear features an all-over herringbone weave that gives it a sophisticated, sartorial slant. Layer over a powder blue shirt and team with slim-fit coloured trousers to channel an of-the-moment aesthetic.

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