In order to gear up for winter, you need to be well-equipped. But before you go donning layers uninformed, you might want to know the different types of winter-appropriate pieces of outerwear. We’ve picked seven pieces of outerwear you should know, each of which is built with functionality in mind. So before you make a decision on which winter jacket will be your go-to, survey the field and get informed.
The peacoat has origins with the Dutch — its name likely comes from the term pijjakker— and it became popular sailors from the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Made from a dense and heavy, woolen fabric, the short jacket style features a wide lapel with an eight- or ten-button double breast front and hand pockets. It was cut short with a flared bottom to increase range of motion, vital for carrying out orders on deck. And, the wide lapel provided much-needed protection from the elements when stood up.
Of course, the coat moved on from its naval roots in the 1800s but is just as functional today. Its common fare in your local surplus store, but there are just as many modern interpretations.
Melton Wool-Blend Peacoat by Schott $425
Double-Breasted Checked Wool-Blend Peacoat by Barena $705
Dock Peacoat by J.Crew $298
Manchester Wool Peacoat by Todd Snyder x Private White V.C. $998
Short Peacoat by Dries Van Noten $1320
First invented during World War I, the trench coat replaced heavy serge jackets worn by soldiers. Both Burberry and Aquascutum lay claim to the coat’s invention and are still the go-to brands for the style. Early trench coats were made from khaki-colored cloth of either gabardine, twill, or poplin, and featured below-the-knee length, a double breast with 10 buttons, raglan sleeves, epaulets, a storm flap, buttoned pockets and a belt at the waist.
Today, the trench coat can be seen pared down and done up in various iterations. Perhaps the most distinguishing factors for the style are its cloth and length.
Trench Coat by Burberry $2090
Waterproof Plaid Raincoat by Rains $185
Shelby Trench Coat by S.K. Manor Hill $845
Belted Trench Coat by American Trench $295
Much like the peacoat, duffel coats are cut with a dense woolen cloth which is speculated to come from a kind of cloth produced in the town of Duffel, near Antwerp. The main distinguishing details of the duffel coat aside from the coarse cloth are the hood and toggle closures which are often made of horn and jute. British-based brand Gloverall is the name that is usually associated with the classic coat and they’ve been producing the style since the 1950s.
Original Monty Duffle Coat by Gloverall $605
Duffle Coat by Montgomery $349
U Blocktech Duffle Coat by Uniqlo $130
Down jackets come in all manner of forms and can even be seen in some the other styles on this list. Down originally was made using goose down feathers but are often seen today in synthetic materials such as polyester. Down jackets often are constructed in some sort of quilted or channeled stitching to keep the filling evenly spread throughout the coat as it can be prone to clumping without it.
Ultra Light Down Wide Quilt Jacket by Uniqlo $70
Quilted Down Puffer by Aime Leon Dore x Woolrich $675
Quilted Jacket by RRL $790
Corduroy Short Jacket by Todd Snyder x Crescent Down Works $698
Quilted Ring Coat by Kapital $594
Made by the Caribou Inuits to withstand arctic climates, the parka is a hooded garment that was originally made using caribou or seal skin. Today, the parka’s variations are more often seen with some kind of insulated filling and forgo the traditional animal skins for various kinds of woven fabrics. Anoraks, though also hooded, are slightly different and can be distinguished by their pullover style. That said, sometimes the term is used interchangeably.
ReNew Long Parka by Everlane $198
Isoogn MX Hooded Jacket by Veilance $595
Long Smock by Nigel Cabourn x Liam Gallagher $1005
Yates Genuine Shearling Hooded Parka by Ugg $2995
Gore-Tex Hooded Down Parka by Y3 $900
The overcoat category of outerwear has its many subsets, but in general, the style is longer, extending past the knees, is made from a heavy fabric such as melton wool and worn as the outermost layer, often over another lighter jacket. Topcoats, on the other hand, are made from lighter fabrics and do not extend beyond the knees.
Rasmus Overcoat by NN07 $500
Double Breasted Coat by Suit Supply $599
Brushed Overcoat by Massimo Alba $1,450
Flight jackets were originally produced during WWI for military pilots to withstand the frigid temperatures at altitude, a real concern especially considering the open cockpits of the day. Often, it would be made from leather and/or shearling and feature high collars, snug cuffs and hems. Today its iterations include the bomber jacket and varsity jacket, among others.