Great choices await one looking for a top coat this fall.
First, one has to decide if a full length or 3/4 length is preferred. The former is typically 48″ long and may be single or double breasted.
Another choice is collar type. The above topcoats feature a “notch” on the single breasted and a “peak” on the double breasted.
Another very popular style is the “bal collar” shown below. It’s benefit is that it buttons to the top and provides a little more warmth.
Finally, this season’s most popular style is the 3/4 length top coat or “car coat”. This coat is typically 40″ long or approximately 8″ longer than one’s suit jacket.
The above car coat is perfect with a pair of jeans as above or over a business suit. This style is Fall 2011’s # 1 fashion style.
The #1 color remains black. Camel as shown in DB above or vicuna (darker camel) offer interesting alternatives to one who wants to try something a little different. The car coat above is a beautiful char-brown, which seems to be “go-to” fashion color this season as well. Add a small herringbone pattern to a char-brown for a unique option.
When we had six mall-based stores, the toughest item to provide customers an adequate stock was the top coat. Why? Essentially manufacturers tendency to maintain very low inventory levels, if any. It is almost impossible for any retailer to offer a deep inventory of more than one or two styles…and, of course, the stocked styles/colors are black adn charcoal. The next toughest issue with off-the-rack top coats is the fit. Top coats tend to be over-sized…resulting in very bulky coats for many. They also tend to be made on the longer side…to “cover” more bodies. Sleeve lengths are tough also…tougher to alter than a suit jacket’s sleeve.
Christopher’ s Custom offers custom topcoats in a wide range of fabrics that can be tailored to your specific size and style preferences. We can specify the exact coat length, collar style, pocket treatment, etc.
Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom