Pulling-Off the Suit + Parka

December 1st, 2014

It’s starting to get uncomfortably cold out there, but there is no reason to suffer for style.

A stylish gentleman is always dressed appropriately not just for the occasion, but also for the weather conditions. With that said, in hard winter conditions it’s okay to wear a heavy duty parka over a business suit.

Like any look that involves mixing dressy elements with casual ones, the trick is in the details. Here are some tips on how to pull it off this winter.

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1. Make sure the conditions call for it, since menswear revolves around utility (as you can see from many classic designs). If a utilitarian piece is worn when it is not needed, the look can seem affected. When you break out the parka it should be too cold out for a traditional topcoat.

2. The parka must be longer than the jacket, preferably by more than a few inches. A short bomber style parka is not meant to be worn over another jacket.

3. Wear it over a dark winter weight suit, like this burgundy flannel stripe. Wearing a heavy parka with a lightweight suit can look disjointed.

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4. There are mountain parkas and there are city parkas. Avoid anything overly “techy” with heavy logos or bold colors designed to find you in the event of an avalanche. This parka by Billy Reid, for example, is a simple waterproof shell in a versatile mustard color with a full fur lining. Now that’s a gentleman’s parka.

5. Winter is all about texture. Adding winter-ready accessories like a tweed tie and dress boots completes the look and makes everything seem more cohesive.

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You know we love a good suited & booted look.

For more looks like this you can always use our Style Guide and simply filter by “Boots” + “Business“.

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  • Tweed herringbone tie ·
  • Fur lined parka Billy Reid ·
  • Burgundy/Tan check shirt ·
  • Leather wingtip boots by Allen Edmonds ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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