How to wear oversized coats

Generous coats are big news this winter. Here’s our guide to getting them right

The idea of wearing an ‘oversized’ coat might sound a little intimidating, but it needn’t be. In recent seasons, designers right across the menswear scene have been creating tailored clothes – particularly coats – that are just that little bit roomier than you might expect.

This upsizing is a smart move: it softens the wearer’s silhouette. Generous coats cut in smooth cotton and wool fabrics sit comfortably on the body, and are more relaxed than a slim-fitting or structured overcoat. In short, they chime perfectly with our own menswear philosophy here at Trunk.

An oversized coat serves a practical purpose too; helping to keep in the heat on chilly winter mornings, the roomy A-line designs layer easily over the thick knits, rollnecks and tailored jackets that make up a significant portion of mens’ winter wardrobes. 

Autumn is the perfect time to invest in new outerwear, so if you're thinking about investing in a new coat, these five are some of our favourites. From easy weekend topcoats, to statement checked styles and versatile single-breasted raglans, one of these is made for you.

The Lodental Loden Coat

The Loden coat is a true classic. The naturally wind and showerproof Loden cloth is woven in Austria and Northern Italy and in its earliest form was worn by Austrian and Swiss hill famers to keep them warm when battling the elements. LodenTal cuts all its coats from locally sourced cloth, with the mandatory pleated back, leather football buttons and A-line silhouette. Try yours over a grey suit, shirt and tie during the week, and a merino knit and classic chinos on the weekends. £925, shop now

Caruso Navy Covert Car Coat

Caruso’s car coat is designed to be both smart and sporty. As the name suggests, early car coats were made to keep wealthy motorists warm in open-topped vehicles, making it roomy enough to sit down and move freely in. Caruso makes theirs without compromise hand-tailored with a soft construction and generous rolling collar. Crafted from wool, this coat is both durable and sleek – the covert fabric is a tightly woven twill, known for its strength and smoothness. In navy, this coat is particularly easy wearing, and its relaxed silhouette is perfect for every day wear. We wear ours with chunky knits, chambray shirts and cords, and don’t forget a satisfyingly thick woollen scarf, either. £1,235, shop now

Mackintosh Loro Piana Wool Raglan Coat

An updated version of the brand's signature trench, Mackintosh's Raglan coat is cut in a blend of cashmere and wool from prestigious Italian mill, Loro Piana. It’s not short on elegance either; from the delicate top-stitching on the revere collar, to the side slip pockets and tab-button cuffs. It’s made in England too, combining the best of Italian materials with sturdy British manufacturing – for a coat that’s built to last. In charcoal, this trench coat is   understated and simple, and will work with a myriad of colours beneath; wear with corduroy button-downs and Japanese selvedge jeans, or chinos, sneakers and a simple spread collar poplin shirt beneath. 
£675, shop now

Caruso double-breasted checked coat

This coat is there for those of you who like to make a statement. Another handsome design from Caruso, it contemporises the greatcoat into something softer – and more wearable. True to Italian form, it’s tailored with a gentle silhouette and raglan sleeves, but it’s sharpened up with a double-breasted cut, broad revere collar and waist belt. The gun-checked wool cloth mixes shades of tan, chocolate and biscuit for a subtle-yet-sophisticated symphony in brown, which wears well with dark blues and sober shades of grey. It looks great thrown over a pair of jeans and loafers on the weekends. £1,445, shop now

Arpenteur Utile Wool Melton Coat

Founded in 2011 by two cousins, Marc and Laurent Bourven, French brand Arpenteur is a firm favourite here at Trunk. This 'Utile' coat draws its influence from mid-century French workwear. A fashionable take on a 1950s labourer’s topcoat, this coat is cut in robust wool that’s woven by French cloth house, Jules Tournier. Stylish details like a neat curved collar, front slip pockets, and raised raglan seams elevate it well above classic navy coat territory. This is a piece to have fun with; its quirky design lends itself to casualwear and to wearing over multiple layers. Try yours with chinos or slim-fit trousers, a merino rollneck, and throw another cardigan in there for some added interest. £520, shop now