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    One gaping hole in my closet is a coat I can wear in dressy situations, e.g. over a suit. I hardly ever dress that formally so I really just want a single piece, reasonably priced, that I can wear a few times a year. What are your suggestions for the one such coat I need to have?


    My understanding is that a peacoat is out because it doesn't match with a suit, so maybe a wool topcoat (grey or black)?


    I'm also looking at these (still have to use my bonobos credit...):


    http://www.bonobos.com/khaki-trenchcoat

    http://www.bonobos.com/navy-trenchcoat


    Are these appropriate to wear over a suit, and if so, which color would you pick?


    Alternatively, is it so bad to just wear a parka of some sort, seeing as how I'd be taking it off inside anyway? Seems like a function-over-fashion thing.


    #2


    I like the Banana Republic coat Joe has on his outerwear post today on Dappered.


    Either of those trench coats you linked would work, but will they be warm enough over the winter? Depends on where you live, I guess.

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      #3


      Not sure if those Bonobos coats can accommodate a suit jacket.


      Personally, I'd opt for a classic tan double breasted trench, a double breasted overcoat, or a Chesterfield coat (velvet collar). Try looking on Ebay.

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        #4


        If you really prefer wearing your parka, I don't think it will have any adverse impact on you unless you're a banker, a financial analyst, or work in some white shoe law firm. Depending on where you live, you may find yourself reaching for your parka anyway on days when it gets to be -20┬░.


        Those Bonobos trenches are unlined, though, and made from cotton. They are more designed to keep you dry than to keep you warm, and I doubt you would be comfortable in one in temps below 45 or so.


        I'd look for a wool top coat if I were you. The J.Crew Factory walking coat is certainly one to look at and will probably be one of the better bargains in terms of cost vs. quality. http://www.jcrew.com/search/searchNavigation.jsp?eneQuery=Ne%3D1%2B2%2B3%2B22% 2B4294967294%2B20%26N%3D205%2B16%2B4294966725%26Nu %3DP_productid&NUM_ITEMS=15&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id= 1408474395184137&bmUID=1318875748424


        Old Navy sells a surprisingly nice and well-fitted duffle coat for $90, although if you think a peacoat is too casual for wear with a suit, you might not like a duffle coat either.

        Ben

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          #5


          I got this one for this winter and had my tailor remove the bib collar piece:


          http://www.bluefly.com/Kenneth-Cole-New-York-espresso-wool-twill-rib-knit-bib-coat/SEARCH/303644801/detail.fly


          I got it on sale for like $125

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            #6


            @ JC - Raaargh! I hate those fake sweater bib things. They are so outrageously stupid. If I want to wear a cardigan with my jacket, I will wear one, my jacket doesn't have to. Ugh. I was at Macy's the other day and there was hardly a coat that DIDN'T have one of those silly little bibs.


            Ok, rant over.

            Ben

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              #7


              Haha! Agreed. But the price, the color, and the material were right, even with $35 to remove the bib.

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