Here’s a little secret: Despite the fact that most men’s magazines and websites published their features on winter coats roughly three months ago, it is still very cold outside and, in many parts of the country, will be for yet another three months. So as far as we’re concerned, we remain very much in the thick of winter coat-buying season.
And another secret? Despite all those “Last Minute” gift guides everyone’s been publishing for what seems like weeks already, there is, as of this writing, still plenty of time left for buying presents. Perhaps more importantly, though, there is still plenty of time left for you to tell other people what to buy you.
Which is why, below, you’ll find 50 of our favorite jackets and coats, broken down into six style categories and arranged by price, from lowest to highest.
Stay warm out there.
Defining Characteristics: Insulated, waterproof and hooded. Often featuring fur trim, either real or synthetic.
The Classic Example: GI N3B Military Parka
Wear It With: Virtually anything, really, from jeans and boots to a full-on suit.
Everlane Short Parka
A&F Survival Parka
Alpha Industries UO Exclusive N3B Slim Corduroy Coat
Flint and Tinder Waxed Ridge Parka
Mission Workshop The Watchman
Billy Reid Rabbit Camden Parka
Barry Men’s Parka by Nobis
Defining Characteristics: Cut like a suit jacket and intended to be worn over one. They’re made of wool and hit anywhere from right above the knee to the middle of the calf.
The Classic Example: O’Connell’s Lambswool Topcoat
Wear It With: Well, a suit, obviously. Also perfectly acceptable dressed down with crisp dark jeans and some Chelsea boots.
J. Crew Ludlow Topcoat
Ted Baker Checked Overcoat
Mr P. Virgin Wool and Camel Hair Blend Overcoat
Todd Snyder Italian Wool Cashmere Camel Topcoat
Brooks Brothers Chesterfield Topcoat
Defining Characteristics: Short and zippered, with a tight-fitting elastic waist.
The Classic Example: MA-1 Flight Jacket
Wear It With: They're generally viewed as a casual option, but we think they pair nicely with some nice medium-gray flannels, a white dress shirt and a solid-color tie with some texture to it.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Hooded Bomber
Coldsmoke AlphaLite Bomber
Todd Snyder Champion Quilted Bomber
The North Face Gotham III
Crosby Buffalo Plaid
Golden Bear Front Snap Varsity Jacket
DSquared2 Shell Puffer Bomber
Defining Characteristics: Double-breasted front, a large, sturdy collar, oversized buttons and high side-pockets with nearly vertical openings.
The Classic Example: It doesn't get much more classic (or itchier) than the one they give you in the Navy.
Wear It With: Another extremely versatile option here. We like it dressed down a bit — think well-worn denim, a crew-neck sweatshirt and some nice, clean Ones.
Vetra Wool Peacoat
Schott Classic Melton Peacoat
Bonobos Italian Hybrid Peacoat
Ted Baker GRILLD Peacoat
Billy Reid Cashmere Bond Peacoat
Defining Characterics: Most notably, toggle closures often made of some combination of leather and wood. Also: a hood.
The Classic Example: Paddington's, obviously.
Wear It With: Jeans, your favorite boots, an OCBD and a shawl-neck sweater.
Bellfield Duffle Coat
Gloverall Classic Original
Loveless Check Print Duffle Coat
Taylor Stitch Tomales Coat in Loden Wool
Hysteric Glamour Printed Duffle Coat
Defining Characteristics: Er, puffiness. Also down insulation and a nylon outershell.
The Classic Example: Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket.
Wear It With: Some beat-up khakis and a rugged pair of hiking boots.
Uniqlo Seamless Down Parka
Outdoor Research Transcendant Hooded Down Jacket
Marine Layer Sun Valley Puffer
Aether Ghost Jacket
Defining Characteristics: Traditionally a suede outside with fur on the inside, collar and lapels. Often absurdly expensive. Like, "f*ck you" expensive.
The Classic Example: Harold's
Wear It With: Something clean and simple. Best not to have anything competing with the shearling.
Banana Republic Faux Shearling Coat
Golden Bear Shearling Trimmed Wool Coat
American Trench x Cockpit USA Jeep Coat
Ralph Lauren RRL Slim Fit Shearling Leather Jacket
Boglioli Double Breasted Shearling Coat
Defining Characteristics: Breathable but warm. Water-resistant, if not fully waterproof.
The Classic Example: Honestly, the Patagonia Down Sweater fits the bill for this one, too.
Wear It With: Whatever's appropriate for the activity in which you're participating. And remember, if said appropriate attire includes dress pants and dress shoes of any sort, this is not the correct outerwear choice — and nor is its sleeveless sibling.
Patagonia Nano Air Light Hybrid
Mountain Hardweare Kor Strata Jacket
Coldsmoke Tundra Panel Jacket
Arc'Teryx Proton AR Hooded Insulated Jacket
Aztec Mountain Hayden 3-Layer Jacket
The Car Coat
Defining Characteristics: Hip-length, with a single-breasted button front and a generally simple sillhouette.
The Classic Example: J.Crew's Thinsulate version
DSTLD Long Wool Coat
Filson Mackinaw Cruiser
Bonobos Italian Wool Car Coat
Orvis Black Sheep Wool Driving Coat
APC Alex Coat
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