The 5 Coats Every Guy Needs

By Stephen Ostrowski 

With fall in full swing (*cheers*), but winter impatiently waiting around the corner (*shudders*), outerwear season has arrived and it’s here to stay. That means it’s time to flex your best cold-weather gear, provided it’s wisened up to menswear’s emphasis on clean lines, lean profiles, and haute functionality. Often, though, jackets and coats are stuck in survival mode, with aesthetic concerns taking a backseat to other considerations (read: not freezing).

Thankfully, today’s outdoor essentials sharply break that impasse, turning a cold shoulder to their unbecoming predecessors with tough-but-tapered engineering, discerning detailing, and self-aware design. Prove that you have more than one style move up your long sleeves with these five wardrobe-worthy staples.

Take flight in this slender, lightweight option that’s an indispensable addition to your transitional threads. Its autumnal palette make it fashionably fall-forward, while it’s ability to layer with hearty hoodies and rugged crewnecks legitimize its wearability even at first snowfall.

This classic shell is a seriously slimmed-down upgrade to the beefed-up models that did battle in grade-school snowball fights. Flaunting a more a fitted silhouette, puffers have noticeably grown up, but, thanks to performance-oriented fabrics, won’t show their age.

Pair this office all-star with coffee and a bagel for an immediately improved, better-looking commute. Much-needed updates have sanded down the harsher edges and angles of the garment’s boxy forebearers, making it a must-have for both formal and casual business rotations.

The timeless cousin to the top coat improves with each generation. A crucial cut for work and leisure, this lapeled go-to works with everything from suits and blazers to sophisticated denim and athleisure. Consider it the jacket-of-all-trades that looks like anything but an overstressed workhorse.

Ill-cut iterations can quickly torpedo this classic. Rock the right fit, though, and it’s wheels up for this street stalwart. Channel rock-star vibes with a zippered-up moto piece, which hautely hits the gas with super-chic accents and head-turning tailoring.