The Bespoke Overcoat

Nothing pulls an outfit together more than the addition of an overcoat. It's been a staple in the fashion landscape for years and has recently had something of a resurgence in the public imagination. Think Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock.

 

 

The overcoat comes in many shapes and sizes but they are all defined by some similar style elements. Usually made from a warm, heavyweight cloth, such as wool or a wool/cashmere blend, they can be either single or double-breasted. They commonly feature a single rear vent and are cut to the knee or a bit longer.

The overcoat should make you feel confident and assured while you're out and about, keeping you warm without resorting to an ill-fitting anorak or bomber jacket. So, with that in mind, what are the main points to consider when having a bespoke overcoat made?

 

The Fit

 

An overcoat worn over a suit will need to be cut a little wider on the shoulders to accommodate the shoulder pad of the suit beneath. For the same reason, it will also need to be slightly longer on the sleeve, as the pad of the suit will raise up the overcoat and make the sleeve appear shorter. Finally, a little more allowance would be made in the body to accommodate the suit beneath.

Fabric

 

To get that vintage look, like the Peaky Blinders coat, then you can't go wrong with a good-quality tweed. Tweed dates back to 18th century Scotland, when weavers created the dense fabric to protect locals against the harsh weather conditions in the Scottish Highlands. Nowadays, it's a style-must-have and comes in a huge range of colours and patterns, if you feel like something a bit more daring.

For a more modern look, then you might choose wool, cashmere or a blend of the two. These fabrics are an elegant choice and will provide much-needed protection from the elements, while also looking and feeling luxurious. 

The Style of Coat

 

There are a number of different styles available and the beauty of going bespoke is that the choices are near-infinite! Here are some of our favourite styles of coat...

 

 

The Camel Overcoat

 

The Harris Tweed Overcoat

 

The Covert Overcoat

 

The Classic Overcoat

If you'd like to find out more about our bespoke overcoats, or if you are interested in having one made, please contact us or arrange a consultation

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
12 September 2019

Hype For Pinstripe

The term ‘pinstripe’ refers to the very thin, parallel lines that run through a cloth, contrasting with the main colour. Taken at face value, it would seem to be a fairly bland description of a simple fabric pattern. But the history of the pinstripe suit is anything from bland and, indeed, the suit itself has a host of connotations attached to it.

Style Tips & Advice Style History
27 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: why we love Aunt Polly’s suit style

The new Peaky Blinders series is back with a bang and we’re not just talking about the storylines. As ever, Tommy and his crew look as sharp as the razor blades the real-life Peaky Blinder gang were rumoured to stitch into the peak of their flat caps.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
19 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: your guide to the iconic flat cap

The Peaky Blinders return to our screens on the 25th August 2019, guaranteeing two things: a whole lot of drama and a whole heap of sartorial style. But while each Peaky Blinder has their own individual suit style, they all share a love of one particular statement piece – the flat cap.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History

Our Instagram

follow us

ARRANGE A FITTING