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Men's Winter Coats! Brrrr!

Types of Men’s Winter Coats

Winter is coming, and you may be on the hunt for the best men’s winter coat. Winter coats have to be about function as much as they’re about style, so check out the information below to find out how to go about finding the best men’s winter coats.

Wool Jackets

Wool jackets need to be a part of every single man’s winter clothing arsenal. Wool coats are incredibly warm, and they also allow you to retain a sleek, fashionable silhouette. A good quality buy, the well-constructed wool coat will keep you warm without adding a lot of bulk. Good quality wool lasts for many years, so get the very best that you can.

One beautiful, short wool coat that will help keep the chill at bay is the Calvin Klein Long Wool Jacket with Vent. This jacket is a combination of a double zip front, snap wool jacket, and vest, providing lots of layers for ultimate warmth. Inside is a nicely detailed quilted lining and inner zip pockets. The sleeves end with cuff tabs. There is a small logo plaque resting at the neck, and the collar is a ribbed knit collar. The outside of the jacket has slant flap pockets, and the back of the jacket has a back vent. This jacket retails on www.calvinklein.com for $248.

Another great – and pricier - wool option is the Yves Saint Laurent Double-Breasted Wool Coat. This beautiful, breasted coat has large peak lapels. In the back is a single rear vent, and there are three pockets in the front. This is the kind of coat that is the perfect, classic gentleman’s coat. It is a perfect “banker heading to the office on a winter day coat”, but it’s also the perfect “TV writer headed off to the coast on the weekend” coat. If you can afford to add it to your wardrobe, do so.   It will look as good ten years from now as it does today. The Yves Saint Lauren Double Breasted Wool Coat goes for $2500 on www.mrporter.com.

Down Coats

You should also include a great down coat on your “best men’s winter coat” list. Down is one of the best materials out there for keeping warm during the winter. The down clusters in the coat keep the warm air in the coat, keeping you toasty. The size of the area that an ounce of down fills determines the jacket's “loft”, or insulating ability. You’ll want to find a jacket that fills at least 650. The best would be an 850 fill. If you can’t get down, you can get good quality down alternatives like PrimaLoft or Thermore. The good thing about these types of jackets is that they are somewhat less expensive than goose or duck down, and they dry a lot quicker than down.

One great down coat option is the RLX Ralph Lauren “AC Ascender” Down Jacket. This gorgeous but entirely practical jacket will keep you warm in blizzard conditions. The outer layer is made out of a super-light nylon material that is both water-resistant and wind-resistant. The jacket closes in front with a full zip-front that has a snap placket. The coat is topped off with a mock neck collar that closes with a two snap button. The hoodie portion of the jacket has a three-snap closure. The sleeves have elastic binding at the cuffs and at the hem allowing you to move freely. On the chest, there’s a vertical zip welt pocket, and there is a flap bellows pocket on the left chest. The waist is detailed with angled zip-welt pockets. The jacket is filled with 80% down and 20% other feathers. You can get this jacket www.bloomingdales.com for $498.


Parkas

How many guys can go through the winter without a parka? Not many. This is the jacket that works in a formal or informal setting, night and day. They look good with jeans and sneakers but can also be paired with a suit without a hitch. They are true armor against the bitter cold of extreme winter. You’ll want it to be comfortable but not too slouchy. Look for one that seems a bit tailored. A perfect option is the Canada Goose Citadel Parka. This jacket has a concealed zip closure with a Velcro placket. The hood is lined with a bracing wire that you can adjust to give you as much support as you need, and it has a drawstring adjustment. Your hands will remain cozy and warm with 4 zippered handwarmer pockets lined with fleece. These pockets are hidden behind the chest and lower pockets. The chest and front pockets have flap Velcro closures. The Citadel Parka is available at www.bloomingdales.com for $695.

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