The tan overcoat is a classic menswear staple. Want to set yourself apart in a sea of black and grey outerwear? Wear a camel wool topcoat.
FYI, a bright red and orange sweater vest will also set you apart.
Speaking of which, I'll be honest with you – this is a bold piece for me. I don't usually wear red or orange, and I don't usually wear sweater vests.
This particular vest is from a Scottish company called The Tailor Retailored. It's handmade from 100% Scottish cashmere, and there are only 30 of them…
…in the world.
So when they offered to send me one, I obviously couldn't refuse. And let me tell you, this thing is nice. Seriously nice. It's like wearing a fiery orange baby goat.
The great thing about vests is you don't have to worry about sleeves being too long, which is pretty much always the case for us short dudes. As long as they're the right length (ending right below the belt), you're good to go.
Of course, you do have to worry about your coat sleeves being too long. This camel wool topcoat is from Banana Republic, and I had the sleeves shortened by about two inches.
Otherwise, this XS coat fits great off the rack. It's pretty slim, but roomy enough to wear over a suit jacket.
Black and tan is a timeless color combination. In this outfit, the coat and vest speak pretty loudly, so I keep the accessories low key – black tie, black belt, black gloves and black shoes.
You could swap the tan coat out for a black or charcoal one. This outfit would still look good, and the darker colors are more versatile than tan.
But if you already own a darker topcoat and want to expand your outerwear collection, consider tan for your next purchase.
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