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    Topcoat vs Peacoat



    I am thinking about buying a new coat, but I can't decide which direction to go. I like the look of the longer/thigh length coats, and I would appreciate some advice on the pros and cons of the different styles. In particular, I was wondering if "topcoats" are really only supposed to be worn over suits. Right now, I don't tend to get more dressed up than a sweater over a button up, but in short time I will be wearing a suit everyday. I like these two styles from Express, but I'm not necessarily going to purchase one or the other. Thank you.


    http://www.express.com/wool-blend-topcoat-41054-833/control/page/8/show/3/index.pro


    http://www.express.com/water-resista...ow/3/index.pro


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    Top coats can be, but aren't necessarily, more dressy than other coats. You can wear them with a suit but I don't see why you couldn't wear it with other stuff as well. It might look a little out of place if the rest of your wardrobe is very casual.


    The pea coat originates from the military so it's a bit more of a utilitarian garment, although still relatively dressy by today's casual standards. Whereas a top coat will look strange if your wardrobe is mostly casual, a pea coat might look a little odd if your wardrobe is very dressy.


    If your wardrobe leans more dressy, I say go with the top coat, and if more casual, maybe look at the pea coat. Since you say you will soon be wearing suits most of the time, I think that makes the top coat a better choice overall.


    My personal favorite overcoat, however, is the duffle coat or toggle coat, like this: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5286&vid=1&pid=862724&scid=86272400 2


    Like the pea coat, the duffle coat has military origins so it's on the casual side, but practically speaking it provides a lot more coverage from the elements with its built-in hood and longer length. Maybe something like that would combine the best features of the pea coat and the top coat for you.

    Ben

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      #3


      topcoat with jeans? yea or nay

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        #4


        Dark, fitted jeans = yea; Whiskered, faded, or baggy jeans = nay.


        This dude looks pretty sharp in top coat and jeans: http://individualism.co.uk.s99648.gr...-documents.jpg

        Ben

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