Men’s Outerwear Buying Guide
Men’s Outerwear 101
Types of Men’s Outerwear
Men's Bomber Jackets
Men's Leather Jackets
Men's Fleece Jackets
Men’s Outerwear Buying Tips:
• Opt for extra insulation if you're not accustomed to cold temperatures
• A coat or jacket with a removable insulated lining can be used in both fall and winter
• Invest in a neutral coloured coat that will coordinate with most of your outfits
• Buy the proper jacket or coat in advance before the cold weather arrives
Men’s Outerwear Features
Fleece and wool are good for layering during winter, or on their own for brisk days. Pea coats are generally made from wool for insulating properties. Wool is also a reliable insulating lining for winter jackets or coats. Nylon, thin yet strong, is suitable for windbreakers. Super-thin microfibre, made from polyester and nylon, is used for windbreakers and as an inner jacket lining. Leather jackets offer a solid balance between style and durability. Suede is a form of leather, but its lightly napped texture gives jackets a softer look.
Men’s outerwear should fit snug on the body and rest naturally on the shoulders. The fit should allow arms to stretch out comfortably. The recommended way to size men’s coats is to go one size higher than the preferred suit size. This allows for a proportionate fit over suits and jackets. When fitting the shoulders, end the shoulder seams at the edge of the shoulders to create a broad silhouette.
Thermal Properties +
The thermal properties of outerwear refer to the degree of insulation and warmth. Wool and down are two well-known natural fabrics used for centuries to make coats and jackets. Wool consists of fine hairs that trap air and stop heat from escaping. Down is durable, compressible and warmer for its weight than synthetics, but loses its warming capacity when wet. Synthetic insulation, while not as warm as down, retains much of its insulating properties when wet.
Water Resistance +
Water resistant fabrics are designed to keep you dry in light precipitation, but not in heavy rain. That's a job for a rubber raincoat. Manufacturers use a waterproof rating to classify the ability of fabrics to resist water. Fabrics with a rating of 0 mm have no resistance to moisture; fabrics with a rating of 20,000-plus have a very high resistance. The trick is to choose clothing that strikes a balance between resisting rain and snow, and allowing water vapour (perspiration) to escape.
Outerwear lining contributes to comfort, insulation and style. Faux fur, wool and silk are all cozy lining materials for a fall or winter coat. A fashionable lining will peek out of the collar, hood or rolled up cuffs to add detail to your outfit. Removable insulated lining allows you to customize your coat or jacket for the season.
A hood protects the head and neck from wind, rain and snow. Some coats and jackets feature removable hoods that are donned and doffed with snap, zip or button. A three-piece hood is a hood cut and sewn with three different pieces of material for a better fit. Some hooded jackets feature stylish trims along the hood or a draw cord for adjusting the size. The hoodie jacket is famous for its hood, which is typically made of a soft material. Water-resistant material is recommended for athletic hoodies.
Most men's coats and jackets have pockets both outside and inside. Outer pockets keep hands warm and are usually the best place to store winter gloves. Men’s outer coat pockets are often covered by a large flap to protect against the elements. Fashionable men's coats may have flapless welt-style pockets. Inner pockets are handy for storing personal items. For added security, inner pockets often feature a snap or zipper closure.
Neckline choices in men's coats include collarless, classic collar and turtleneck. Some jackets, such as most bomber jackets and windbreakers, have collars that can be adjusted from traditional to turtleneck style using the zip closure. High-collar jackets are a recommended for winter sports.
The accents on a coat or jacket can add style and sophistication to the look. Double-breasted button closures are a fashionable touch on dressier outerwear. Contrast trims and decorative topstitched seams are another attractive style feature. Elastic rib knit cuffs allow for easy roll-up sleeves, which are stylish and also helpful when temperatures vary.
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Men’s Outerwear Care Tips:
• Dry clean jackets and coats at the beginning and end of each fall or winter
• Hang up jackets and coats in a strong hanger that fits their shape
• Treat a leather jacket before wearing it
• Use a lint or suede brush after wearing winter coats to removes surface grime
• Never bleach or use extremely hot water on wool
• Blot a stain on a wool coat or jacket with cold water or club soda
• Throw tennis balls in the dryer with a jacket to bring back its shape