With the clocks set to go back across Europe this weekend, marking the beginning of darker mornings and crisp, cool nights, here at Trunk we are in full autumn/winter mode, happily gravitating towards warmer layers from our wardrobes that protect us from the morning chill on the daily commute. As the temperatures continue to drop, we’ve found ourselves excited to ditch the lightweight, mid-season jackets in favour of heavier woollens and waterproof coats fit for the coming cold weather.
With winter very much on the horizon, now is the time to invest in a new coat that will see you through until spring — our winter collection has arrived just in time to answer all your cold weather outfit dilemmas. “We’ve got quite a lot of variety in Trunk’s outerwear category,” says Mats, of our autumn/winter offering which includes two new coat brands to Trunk this season — Manifattura Ceccarelli and Sealup, both of which hail from Italy. “From very sporty and casual waxed hooded jackets from Manifattura to the much smarter coat from classic British brand Mackintosh, we have ensured there is something for everyone.” But which style of coat to choose? From the timeless pea coat to elegant parka jackets, we round up the best of our new season styles that promise to become a lifelong winter wardrobe ally.
The Waxed Jacket
In need of a coat that looks just as smart in the city as on a jaunt in the country? Look no further than Manifattura’s waxed fisherman coat; in a bright blue hue, it’s guaranteed to brighten up even the greyest of wet weather days. And it’s big on practicality, too, crafted from waxed waterproof cotton and insulated with natural wool to keep you warm and dry. With pockets big enough to store all manner of essentials, from your wallet to your keys and even a small notebook, it’s the perfect work-to-weekend style. “Being on the more rugged end of the spectrum, this jacket is perfect for a walk in the countryside or forest when the temperatures have cooled or during a drizzle,” says Mats. “But it works equally well in the city with a pair of chinos or jeans and sturdy boots, like the Indy boot from Alden.”
The Trench Coat
No silhouette of coat is more enduring than that of the classic trench coat, which was first designed by Scottish brand Mackintosh in 1824 — so synonymous is the style with the label, it is today fondly nicknamed the mac. Seamlessly merging fashion with function, the Mackintosh trench coat is lightweight and water-resistant, making it an ideal choice to wear with chunky knit jumpers on wet weather days. Handcrafted from start to finish by one artisan in the brand’s Cumbernauld factory, this knee-length coat has adjustable cuffs to keep the cold out and fastens with elegant horn buttons. “This coat is very classic,” says Mats. “It’s perfect paired with a suit for work, but can easily be worn with just a pair of chinos and desert boots or even sneakers during the weekend.”
Once considered the most casual option in the outerwear department, the parka jacket has gone upscale in recent seasons, shedding its synthetic fabrication for more elegant materials like wool and cotton — and this parka from Munich-based brand A Kind of Guise is no exception. Crafted from water-resistant wool in a rich olive hue, this hooded coat is lined with plush Steiff® teddy bear wool in a contrast caramel colour that both looks cool and keeps you cosy. For extra versatility, the inner lining is detachable, giving this parka maximum wardrobe mileage when the weather warms back up. “It’s perfect for when the temperatures drop below zero and it’s snowing as the teddy bear lining makes it super warm and cosy,” says Mats. “While it’s a casual coat, it works very well worn with soft tailoring for days in the office.”
The Pea Coat
Famed for being the outerwear of British naval officers, the pea coat has long been a staple in menswear — but this version from Sealup reinvents it with a contemporary, boxy silhouette and elongated length. Crafted from mid-weight water-resistant wool in a classic navy, this smart, sharp coat is an ideal choice to wear over suiting — it’s generous A-line shape and double-breasted fastenings mean it sits seamlessly over blazers, as well as with more off-duty, casual looks with chunky roll neck jumpers and chinos. “It’s the perfect winter coat,” says Mats. “This style has already been so well received that we’ve had to top up our stock once, so you better be quick if you want to get one!”