Men's Coats & Jackets

Whenever the crisp air of fall and winter arrives, coats and jackets are needed for protection from the cold. Luckily, there is enough variety to allow you to select one for a wide range of factors. Some people choose to purchase one that offers the most convenience and warmth in the harsh temperatures of winter while others select one for style and fashion.

What are the differences between a coat and a jacket?

Despite the fact that these two forms of outerwear are often described interchangeably, they have some small differences. This list will assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs.

  • Coats are usually longer than jackets. While jackets extend to the waist for the most part, winter coats tend to go down to the thighs.
  • Although coats are typically worn for warmth, jackets are commonly used for both warmth and fashion, due largely to the fact that jackets are somewhat thinner than coats and come in a wide range of styles.
  • Jackets have less insulation than coats and are notable for being tighter-fitting, more stylish, and lighter while coats are notable for having lengthy sleeves and usually being open down the front with fasteners such as buttons, zippers, or belts.

What type of coat should you wear during the winter?

If you live in an area that tends to experience very cold temperatures during the winter months, there are several material types that you should consider for your outerwear.

  • Fleece: As a material, fleece retains a substantial amount of its insulating properties when wet and is among the lightest materials that can be used in coats or casual jackets.
  • Nylon: Nylon is most commonly used in down jackets and is very densely packed, working well to keep cold air from getting inside.
  • Wool: Wool is one of the best fabrics to have in any of your coats during the winter as it keeps your body warm and offers a high level of breathability, meaning that the warm air inside doesn't become trapped.

Additional materials that offer some benefits during the winter include leather, cashmere, and gabardine.

What are the different types of coats and jackets?

When you're searching for the right outerwear during the winter, having a better idea of what each type offers should help with your decision.

  • Anorak: An anorak is a waterproof jacket that's usually worn in wetter climates.
  • Bomber jacket: A bomber jacket is casual and is made in the style worn by pilots and flight crew in WWII.
  • Duffel coat: A duffel coat is a very thick coat that's made from coarse, woolen material and is usually fastened with rope closures.
  • Parka: A parka is a large jacket that's windproof and hooded.
  • Peacoat: A peacoat is a double-breasted overcoat that's made from wool and is usually short in nature.