When you live in England you’re likely to get four seasons in one hour, which is why you need a strong outerwear game.
The beauty of coats is that if you choose wisely, they can last a lifetime. And unlike the changing trends in suit shapes or trouser tightness or shirt patterns, the principles of classic outerwear don’t change.
The same Peacoat that made Steve McQueen look so stylish in 1962, will still make you look just as cool in 2022.
Ditto the Trench coat: it may have been developed for British Army officers before the First World War, but it will still serve with military precision on the streets of the City.
So, what are the key pieces you need in your outerwear arsenal? We’re going to take you through our top five, all available from Ted Baker’s Iconic Outerwear Collection.
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As iconic as a red double decker, the Trench is an English icon. And for good reason – it keeps you dry whatever the weather, but it’s not so hot it will melt you on the Tube.
The Rothley by Ted Baker is a perfect example. Crafted from khaki cotton, it features a belted waist, asymmetric front, and an oversized collar – ready to pop when the temperature drops.
Ted Baker Rothley Classic Trench Coat, £295
The Unstructured Coat
In today’s smart-casual society, the Unstructured Coat manages to tread that sartorial line perfectly: pair it with jeans and jumper at the weekends, or it’s large enough to wear over a suit for the commute.
Ted Baker’s Ealand is made from a luxurious marled wool blend, providing an elegant texture and a soft feel to this City staple.
Ted Baker Ealand Three-button City Coat, £395
Whether your reference point is Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor, or Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse, the enduring class of the Peacoat is undeniable. Its success is not just down to aesthetics – a tailored cut that is flattering – but also its cosseting practicality.
The heavy wool fabric, the double-breasted fastening, the oversized collar and large lapels all team up to keep you protected against the elements. The Flasby by Ted Baker ticks all the boxes. And it’s even made with 30% recycled wool – keeping you warm, but the planet cool.
Ted Baker Flasby Wool Blend Pea Coat, £295
The Statement Coat
OK, you can’t really call this an essential. It’s a nice-to-have – a very nice-to-have – the sort of coat that turns heads for all the right reasons. But because Ted Baker’s Haceby comes in monochrome, it’s versatile enough to match with most outfits and many situations – from bar crawl to black-tie. Plus, gingham print never really goes out of fashion, but it’s certainly having a moment – and it’s easy to see why.
Ted Baker Haceby Monochrome Gingham Coat, £425
The Quilted Coat
Few coat styles manage the transition from town to country (and then back again) as well as the Quilted Jacket. It’s as at home in a Mayfair pub garden as it is on a partridge estate in Perth.
Ted Baker’s Manby has a funnel neck to keep out the wind, and benefits from a contemporary take on the classic diamond quilting pattern.
Ted Baker Manby Quilted Jacket, £195
For more ideas, see tedbaker.com