The most consultative of all purchases has to be the Winter coat, something which–if done right–only needs to be done once every few years. Of course, you can never have too much outerwear, but it's much more of an investment, and the associated cost means you won't be buying it as often as other bits.
This Winter, I picked up the Lutak Jacket from a brand that's new to me; Cape Heights. Bought from my local menswear watering hole Peggs and Son, the expedition parka style is something I had always thought might be a little too bulky for me to get away with.
How wrong I was! Since investing in something really warm, cosy and fit for purpose I haven't looked back, and I've had no trouble keeping warm. In fact, I've almost found myself a little too warm at times, which isn't a big problem to have when it's only 3 degrees outside.
Subtly cool with minimal branding right in the centre of the coat, the all-black piece is functional, versatile and most importantly, looks ace with denim. I think the bit I've always found hardest about big Winter coats has been versatility. If I'm going to invest a few hundred quid into something, I want it to go with everything. Both the colour and the style I've opted for ensure that I'll be wearing the coat to work, to the pub and everywhere else in between. Most importantly, I'll be dry and warm for all of it, which is paramount.
Winter is a season for great layering, but if your coat isn't quite fit for purpose, it'll be forever zipped or buttoned up, and you won't get to show off your very best layers, which has to be the most fun thing about dressing for the Winter. By investing in a piece that's super warm, you won't have to be forever wrapped up, and you can keep things unzipped and let your layers underneath shine through.