The Great Cover-Up: Men’s Must Have Coats

From sharp tailored overcoats to the classic parka, guys we’ve got you covered. A new winter coat will probably be your biggest investment piece this season so choosing the right one is crucial. Whether you want to focus on the functional or the stylish, the menswear team at HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM reveal their winter must-haves.

THE PARKA

When it comes to the best winter coats for men, some might say that the parka is the quintessential jacket of the season – and can also be one of the warmest winter options. The key characteristics of the parka – including long-line length, fish tail and relaxed fit – are why it reign supreme as one of the most popular styles. With a wear-anywhere appeal that goes beyond trend or season, it’s an off-duty staple, either with denim and a waffle-knit jumper or on top of a sports-luxe hooded sweatshirt.

THE OVERCOAT

The all-occasion overcoat will smarten up pretty much any outfit; either single or double-breasted, they’re usually made from wool, and traditionally have a single vent at the back and a wider collar that lends itself to being popped up against the cold and styled with a chunky knit scarf. Wear it through the week with your city suit or team with a jumper, jeans and suede boots for weekend chic.

THE SHEARLING JACKET

Made famous by the bomber styles worn by US pilots in the 1940s, and then 50s screen idols Marlon Brando and James Dean, the shearling jacket has long been a firm fashion favourite. Perfect to keep you very warm on the coldest winter days, it’s a shape that still dominates the menswear catwalks. Look out for classic bomber shapes, removable trims, or even fully exposed lining … it seems designers are constantly reinventing and upgrading the style.