August 22, 2012

Favorite Finds: Lightweight Topcoat

Even though the heat is still with us, we are counting down the days until the thermometer starts dropping. Now is the perfect time to start looking for ways to refresh your fall wardrobe. When I think of a wool trench, I lean more towards the dead of winter, but this double-faced topcoat from Vince could definitely change my mind.

This piece is a lightweight, ¼ lined, single-breasted topcoat. The fit is a little trim, with plenty of room in the chest and shoulders but a nice taper at the waist. I tried on a Medium and it fit like a nicely tailored 40R sport jacket should. That being said, I would recommend this as a top layer over a shirt and maybe a thin sweater but not over a jacket as it would mess with the fit.

Detail-wise, this coat is pretty simple, which is one of the things that Vince does really well, and not a bad thing in a topcoat. Classically styled with notch lapels and a single vent, there are two flap pockets at the hip, a single-welt pocket at the chest, and an inside patch pocket for extra storage.

This topcoat is made out of 90% wool, 10% nylon and, as the name implies, is double-faced. It has a surprisingly soft hand and drapes really well. It is dry clean only, which is not at all unusual for a wool garment.

The price ($595) is a little steep, since you can get a decent winter overcoat for about the same price, but Vince does high-quality basics incredibly well. This is a very specific piece with a limited window of use, but if it fills a hole in your wardrobe I would highly suggest considering this coat.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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