Advanced Outerwear: The Statement Topcoat

| WEARING | Montezemolo plaid topcoat, Uniqlo turtleneck, Pants c/o Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers waistcoat and gloves, Tom Ford eyeglasses, Timex watch, J.Crew belt, Doulbe monk straps c/o Coach | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Cold weather is coat weather. And when it comes to winter dress, nothing has a bigger impact on your style than the coat you wear. This fall and winter it’s been all about the statement topcoat. Here’s an example.

Plaid Topcoat - He Spoke Style

In menswear, we often use the term “statement” to mean bold, wild, or even outrageous. And while that’s certainly one interpretation, it’s not the only one. There are a variety of ways to make a statement with a topcoat that don’t require you to be an “insider” or to possess an f— you attitude.

A statement topcoat can have a large lapel, be made with an interestingly textured fabric, have a unique silhouette, a not-messing-around fur collar, or a simple repeating pattern, or just be slightly longer than 3/4 length.

The one I’m wearing, like my quilted topcoat, is from Montezemolo. One of my new favorite brands. Obviously easy to dress up, but works just as well in a casual context.

Plaid Topcoat - He Spoke Style

Plaid Topcoat - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Chime In

  • Julien Mériot

    Hey Brian,

    I got a question for you or more of an insight (?). I’m 5’9 and though I do like the way topcoat can look, I feel that people under 5’11 don’t look great wearing them.

    How tall are you?

    And I do love those pants from Banana Republic (too bad we don’t have it in France), are they 100% wool?

    Thanks for the great content, as always. ;)

    • Brian Sacawa

      Hi, Julien. I’m also 5’9″ so no excuses! Yes, the pants are 100% wool. Thanks for the support!

  • Ramiz

    Merry Christmas, do you recommend top coats for men who are 5 7? I feel height is very important when it comes to topcoat

    • Brian Sacawa

      Absolutely. Different coats (and different brands) will have different lengths. Try to find one that hits just above the knee.


    That coat looks really nice.

    x Kemara

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much!

  • Male Extravaganza

    Great topcoat! Love that you matched it with turtleneck jumper and double monk strap shoes! Very dapper!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Many thanks!

  • Michael Byers

    Would you recommend a bold topcoat if you are already wearing a bold suit?