The overcoat is a timeless staple of the men’s wardrobe. Throughout history, they’ve been worn by well-heeled gentlemen as a signifier of stature, wealth and sophistication. Nowadays, though, they’re just as popular among streetwear and fashion heads as they are with aristocratic types, and there’s countless versions available at every price point imaginable.
A long wool coat will sharpen up any look, and can be dressed up if you’re feeling fancy — say, with tailored trousers and a turtleneck sweater — or worn with sneakers, sporty pants and a hoodie for some low-key streetwear vibes.
There’s a few different types of overcoats out there, but all of them share the same elongated silhouette, button-up closure and classic styling.
Your typical overcoat comes with a notched lapel — like a suit jacket — and three buttons down the front, arranged in one row (aka single-breasted).
Double-breasted coats have more buttons, which are arranged in two rows (hence the name). They pack a pretty bold statement, and were often worn by generals and royalty in the past.
Macs ditch the notched lapel and favor of a standard collar, and often have their buttons concealed (with what’s known as a hidden placket). They’re usually cut from lightweight, weather-proof fabrics, but many people make them in heavy-duty winter cloth these days too.
While there’s countless high-end coats out there, it can be pretty slim pickings if you’re on a budget. With that in mind, here’s a selection of wallet-friendly coats under $300, courtesy of Highsnobiety‘s dedicated shopping platform What Drops Now. Some are traditional single and double-breasted varieties, and others are more modern interpretations of the silhouette. Either way, they’ll add a sharp feel to your looks, and there’s tons of layering potential to be had, too.
Below you’ll find a few picks from the collection, but head over to What Drops Now for the full selection of 30 coats, all of which cost under $300.
Before you go splashing your cash, though, here’s Everything You Need to Know About Buying an Overcoat.
If you’re a low-key dresser, Urban Outfitters has got a selection of classically-styled topcoats for those who like to keep things on the straight-and-narrow.
Canuck label Raised By Wolves has some suitably sturdy outerwear this season. Their riff on the classic mac jacket has been crafted from a technical wool-dintex blend, which offers waterproof, breathable performance without sacrificing on style.
Flex on mere mortals with ZARA’s ultra-baller double-breasted coat, which has been cut extra-long and with XXL-sized lapels. One for the power dressers.
If you’re a fan of longer silhouettes but aren’t so keen on the traditional overcoat silhouette, then Black Scale has got the solution to all your outerwear-related woes. A varsity jacket has been extended way down to below the waist, so you can get that elongated shape.
Camel wool is a real baller’s fabric – just see Kanye’s glorious 2014 GQ cover shoot for proof — and UNIQLO’s wallet-friendly overcoat will let you stunt in a similar fashion without sacrificing a few years’ rent.
Upstart Polish label NEIGE has used an MA-1 bomber jacket as the template for its wool topcoat. The military staple has had the lining removed, the silhouette extended and a few striking details added. And that’s all for the ultra-low price of $99.
The tailored look a bit too smart for you? H&M has got a Perfecto-style, biker-inspired option instead.
Head over to What Drops Now for the full selection of 30 coats, all of which cost under $300, and here’s Everything You Need to Know About Buying an Overcoat.