Highsnobiety / Julien Tell

If you missed it, Marc Jacobs has a new coat that both he and his Instagram followers really like.

The tiger-print mac coat in question — the highlight of Hedi Slimane’s inaugural Celine men’s FW19 show — does not come cheap, and is currently retailing for a princely $3,200 (not that that matters — it’s basically sold out). For context: Plane tickets to India, where you could go and see actual tigers in the wild, cost considerably less.

Okay, watching the world’s most iconic cats toy around in the balmy morning sun rays would make for, like, a life-affirming experience, but we’re betting it still wouldn’t compare with the feeling of pulling on such a god-level coat every day. Look at this fit!

A flossy coat is widely considered the pinnacle of menswear. Ask any stylist what their favorite piece is and nine times out of 10 the answer will be a coat. And let’s be honest, if you’re going to invest a sum equal to a once-in-a-lifetime-vacation on any item of clothing, then it might as well be on something that, if cared for properly, will become a fixture in your wardrobe for years.

It’s been a big 12 months for animal print, and its popularity doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Before, such a statement coat may have been considered novelty wear made for the street style set, but in 2019, guys have never had more latitude when it comes to dressing for the daily grind. Adding a sartorial curveball to your wardrobe, like big tiger stripes, can lead your style — and personality — down avenues you never even knew existed. Just ask anyone who has taken the plunge on a camp Prada shirt over the past few years.

Not everyone can pull off vertiginous Rick Owens platform boots like Jacobs, but even if you don’t want to go all in on maximalism, those stripes would look equally at home with a nicely cut pair of smart trousers and loafers or, as seen below, patent leather double monks. Think gracefully-aging-and-sophisticated-Rolling-Stones-member rather than glam-rock excess.

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Slimane has always done animal print well (there’s also a gorgeous leopard spot mac in the same FW19 collection), falling on the right side of rock-and-roll chic rather than corny, but there’s an attitude about this particular coat that makes it special. It’s dressy but not too formal; fun yet still classy.

So, if you’re planning on buying a good coat this winter, regardless of your budget, it’s worth keeping in mind the things that make Jacobs so great. Ensure your choice is practical but with personality, and versatile enough that you’re not bored of styling it after one season.

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