Coats & Jackets: Types of Jackets For Fall 2016
Posted: Oct 12 2016
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Fall Coats and Jackets
Solid coats and jackets are perhaps the most important garments you’ll own this season. No matter what you’re wearing underneath, your jacket will be your outer most layer virtually every single day. Since this garment is going to be getting so much use, it’s important to invest in something that will actually serve you well for years to come.
In this guide we're going to take a deeper look into some styles which are suitable for the colder months.
What is a Parka
A parka is a type of jacket which features an elongated silhouette, often found with a fishtail. This type of jacket is usually down filled and also features a fur hood to help keep you even warmer throughout the colder months. Parka's also come in much thinner variations which just serve as an outer shell to keep you dry.
Parka Jackets for Men
The parka silhouette has seen very little alternations from its original design. Having been around since the early days of indigenous Inuit tribes, these jackets were originally made from caribou or seal skin. This is not the case anymore as most parkas nowadays feature a waterproof synthetic outer layer and are usually filled with a duck down or other warm synthetic fibers.
Fur-lined hoods are very popular among this year’s parka styles (whether its synthetic or real fur). If you live in a city which gets incredibly cold during the fall and winter months, you might want to invest in not only a quality duck down filled jacket, but also one that features genuine fur on the hood (such as Nobis).
If you think that you might not need all the warmth and protection from the cold and you prefer to dress lighter, take a look at parkas from RAINS.
The Peacoat – also referred to as Pea Coat – is a classic style of menswear jacket which is characterized most notably by its double-breasted button up closure. These jackets were worn originally by sailors in European countries and were adopted later on by American navy men. Peacoats come in different lengths but are usually shorter at the hem and feature broad lapels.
If you’re looking for a peacoat this season, we recommend looking at ones that are made with genuine wool. This will ensure that the jacket will actually provide you with a considerable amount of warmth. Although peacoats are great at keeping you warm during the colder months, they are typically not waterproof which could be a deal breaker.
Initially introduced and worn by people of higher social status or part of a professional/military uniform, the overcoat is a formal type of jacket. Although not only limited to those social classes anymore, overcoats are the perfect companion if you work at an office job which requires you to wear a suit.
Overcoats are somewhat similar to peacoats in terms of fabrication but they are much longer and usually extending well beyond the knee. Again, if you decide to buy an overcoat this season, it is important to invest in something that is made with a high wool content (70% and above).
Leather Jacket Fashion
Leather jackets are, as the name would suggest, made from genuine tanned hide of various animals. The leather is most typically dyed in either black or a shade of brown. This type of jacket, more than any other, has been heavily associated with different subcultures such as bikers, greasers, military pilots, and various music subcultures.
When investing in a leather jacket this year, stay away from anything made from synthetic materials such as polyurethane. They might look similar to genuine leather jackets, but they will feel a lot different on the body and deteriorate much faster. The double rider jacket is probably the most recognizable, featuring that classic biker look.
The classic down vest is the most versatile jacket out of all of the above but pulling it off well is not that simple. These types of vests are usually tightly packed with duck feathers which make them light and storeable. Throw one over your long sleeve t-shirt on warmer days or layer it up with a hoodie or cashmere sweater during colder months.
When shopping for a down vest, stick to a style with a lighter fill and slim silhouette in order to avoid looking like a marshmallow. Down vests are perfect if you want to pack light, but don't expect them to provide you with the same warmth as a longsleeve jacket.