Coats of all shapes and sizes have always been treasured by British men. It’s probably because we have a climate that suits the coat perfectly well – it’s a little bit cold and damp and our shores are regularly buffeted by winds that can trace their origins back to the Arctic Circle. But that’s not to say we’re at the extreme end of the spectrum, either. The kinds of coats that British men have made their own would hardly be warm enough for our northern brothers, who pioneered the animal skin coat and the parka, and would be sweltering for the guys of the Mediterranean, who are more at home in a light jacket or occasional raincoat.
So given this need for a moderately weighted coat, there’s a fine tradition for making functional outerwear that’s also pretty stylish, bedecked with collars, lapels and a wealth of inside and outside pockets to stash our goodies. Materials range from finest woollens for warmth to the classic all-weather waxed cotton loved by agricultural workers and other countryside types.
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