Two new sales on outerwear from Banana Republic and Martin+OSA that I thought you should be made aware of. It’s getting colder out there (if it isn’t already butt-freezing where you’re at), so take advantage if you can.
First up, Banana Republic. They’ve sort of fallen out of favor with me, because I’ve seen a decline in their fit and quality. Occasionally though I’ve found some pieces that I really like (specifically their pants).
The pickings were slim for their outerwear, but I did find two nice overcoats, which are items that are really easy to overspend on. These from BR are priced incredibly reasonably, so you need not shell out too much cabbage. I can see those in colder climates relying upon overcoats more than us in the South, but I think I may give one a go this season.
Banana Republic Carcoat
I love camel colored overcoats. This one seems to be well thought out with a modern fit (not too bulky, slightly slim and tapered). This will help you to avoid the bulk even when layered over a suit or sweater. Admittedly, this photo isn’t very flattering, but click the link and you’ll see a picture of the black coat which gives you a better idea of the fit (they didn’t have a zoomed version of the black).
Plus, at $157 you can’t beat the price.
BR Moleskin Topcoat
This coat is a bit more casual than the previous overcoat, but I think it strikes a nice masculine tone. Incidentally, moleskin is just a heavy cotton weave that is known to be durable yet soft. I had a moleskin jacket from JCrew for years that I just wore to the bone. Definitely the perfect casual jacket fabric.
The only concern I have with this coat is the shape around the midsection. It seems slightly bulky, so it may need to be taken in by a tailor. But again, at $161 for a heavy-ish overcoat, you’ll have enough coin to drop on getting it tailored.
I’ve already addresses some of M+Os coats previously, but here’s a new one – a wool peacoat. I’ve always liked peacoats, and not just because the name makes me giggle every time, I’ve just never seen one that looks great. They always are a bit too boxy. This particular coat appears to do the deed properly. Nice and modern with a slim silhouette.
Yesterday, I saw a guy sporting a peacoat with a similar modern fit with dark jeans and it looks really good. This may be my next purchase.
MO utility blazer
I wrote about this coat previously, though it was cheaper then. Here’s what I said:
A more casual take on the wool blazer. It has a nice modern, slim silhouette, yet keeps it simple and non-fussy (it has zippers). The perfect missing link towards the sport coat and jeans look for those slightly skittish of taking that leap. It will feel like a normal wool coat, but it has a very clean and stylish look to it. And it has functional buttons at the cuffs! Something typically only higher-end coats have.