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    Time to buy a coat - need help

    So at the moment I'm enamored by these topcoats. Does anyone have any experience with the fits and cuts of these linked below? I'd prefer to wear with only a shirt or sweater underneath, so a nicely fitted coat would be preferable. I'm not a lawyer but work in the legal field. This would primarily be for work, but I'd like to wear with jeans on the weekends if I felt. I'm 5'7, slim waist - 32x30, broad shoulders - 42 short. I'm 34 yrs old if that helps.


    https://www.brooksbrothers.com/Dobby...s=49&cgid=0222

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_categor...=hthr-charcoal

    http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/in...ctId=156251566

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    Quote Originally Posted by merija01 View Post
    So at the moment I'm enamored by these topcoats. Does anyone have any experience with the fits and cuts of these linked below? I'd prefer to wear with only a shirt or sweater underneath, so a nicely fitted coat would be preferable. I'm not a lawyer but work in the legal field. This would primarily be for work, but I'd like to wear with jeans on the weekends if I felt. I'm 5'7, slim waist - 32x30, broad shoulders - 42 short. I'm 34 yrs old if that helps.


    https://www.brooksbrothers.com/Dobby...s=49&cgid=0222

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_categor...=hthr-charcoal

    http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/in...ctId=156251566
    For years, I've thought the J. Crew Ludlow Topcoat was one of the best bangs for your buck, especially when it gets heavily discounted towards the end of the season (think $125-175). But I'm a little worried that it's now called the "Everyday Topcoat" (rather than Ludlow) and is now a wool/poly blend...very disappointing. At least for the old Ludlow models, it sounds like it would have fit you well (it's a trim, flattering, but not overly slim fit).

    Also a fan of Club Monaco's topcoats at a discounted price. Typically run a little more casual too (interesting fabrics, less structure on the shoulders, etc.).

    Haven't tried Brooks Brothers. Also a fan of Bonobos' topcoats (in their "standard fit" - the Jetsetter ones come with a little stretch, which makes them very comfortable).

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    I have a similar looking top coat that I picked up cheap on sale early this year from Men's Wearhouse.

    All three you've posted look great and much better quality.

    I don't get to wear it much here in So.Cal., but I really like the look you're going for, and I wear mine with jeans and a sweater whenever I can (so far, only on a trip to Washington late last winter and once or twice here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lax101 View Post
    For years, I've thought the J. Crew Ludlow Topcoat was one of the best bangs for your buck, especially when it gets heavily discounted towards the end of the season (think $125-175). But I'm a little worried that it's now called the "Everyday Topcoat" (rather than Ludlow) and is now a wool/poly blend...very disappointing. At least for the old Ludlow models, it sounds like it would have fit you well (it's a trim, flattering, but not overly slim fit).

    Also a fan of Club Monaco's topcoats at a discounted price. Typically run a little more casual too (interesting fabrics, less structure on the shoulders, etc.).

    Haven't tried Brooks Brothers. Also a fan of Bonobos' topcoats (in their "standard fit" - the Jetsetter ones come with a little stretch, which makes them very comfortable).
    I have a JCrew Ludlow and it's great for all the reasons you mentioned. They do still sell the wool/cashmere Ludlow top coat but also sell this lower tier version. However the reviews of this years Ludlow aren't great. Sounds like they're using the same fabric but the fit is very boxy. Actually it sounds like this year's is actually meant to fit over a suit jacket. Previous versions you had to size up.

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    You can find Ludlow top coats from previous seasos new with tags on eBay for a fraction of the price. They fit similar to JCrew Ludlow suit and sport coats. Go with your normal size for a closer fit. The versions with the thinsulate lining are slightly more snug but worth it IMHO for the added warmth.

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    you are forgetting the nice uniqlo one, which is pretty neat for the money. if you're just wearing it casually then having it be thin won't matter as much.

    https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men-woo...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    spier and mackaye too maybe?

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    If the options are in your budget, the Spier and Mackay jacket drop this year was awesome. I picked up the grey polo coat, really nice piece.

    https://www.spierandmackay.com/shop/...outerwear.html

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    I looked for about 4 years for a top coat that was warm, stylish and budget friendly. I tried on and returned the j crew one. It never fit properly over a suit and for some reason the sleeves were just comically long. The brooks brothers nice one was a good fit but seemed a bit too boxy.

    I eventually went with the S&M one. So happy. Great fit over a suit or on its own. Not a huge box. Warm and the price was amazing. I’d recommend you look into that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    If the options are in your budget, the Spier and Mackay jacket drop this year was awesome. I picked up the grey polo coat, really nice piece.

    https://www.spierandmackay.com/shop/...outerwear.html
    Agree with Bruce. Got mine today after all the delays due the Canada Post rotating strike. Mine is the charcoal and it's beautiful.

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