Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hurry Up And Buy

I would like to take this opportunity to disabuse all Durban gentlemen on a half-truth that has been perpetuated for a very long time. There is no mild winter in Durban anymore. It is cold. It can get bitterly cold. And one day I expect for snowflakes to fall. When foreigners state that our winters feel like summer to them, don’t fall for that. The weather pattern has changed drastically over the last 10 years. And it would behove any gent to take heed, and take the necessary steps in acquiring some heavy outerwear, in the form of a coat. The wet precipitation that has been accompanying the cold weather also means that you can look at a variety of styles and designs. For now get a coat that can protect and insulate you from the cold.

Three tips when purchasing a coat:
Fit is important as the correct fit lends itself to the overall balance of your outfit. One size up is the best option. You want the coat to fit seamlessly over a thick knit as well as it would over a suit.

Colour is what keeps you from falling outside the parameters of guided style. Your safest options are navy, black and charcoal. The aforementioned colours are for the novice. Camel- beige for the pro, and plaid and other patters for the seasoned vet.

The length of your coat is what sets you apart from antiquated styles and the more contemporary progressive ones. The older generation, much like father, still prefer the extra long coat that goes way beyond the knee and into shin territory. The newer styles are geared more towards the younger generation go above the knee. Not too far high, so as to not accommodate a jacket though. Therefore think along these lines when purchasing a coat. Next season, I promise, to delve into the myriad styles and types of coats available. For now, I hope this helps,

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

1 comment:

ggoodrich said...

I definitely agree with you, the drastic change in weather required my husband to buy more men tuxedos, blazers and off course sports coat. I am thankful for your tips!