Paletot Overcoat with Velvet Collar
Last year, we started a series about different overcoats like the Ulster, Guard’s Coat etc. , and one of my personal favorites is the double breasted Paletot. Today, I would like to discuss the Tweed Paletot and its accessories but before, you must read this article about the Paletot because it is essentially a part of this article.
Tweed Paletot With Velvet Collar
The tweed coat you can see here is rather unusual for a number of reasons.
First, it is in fact a tweed that comes in city
colors! For a few feet /meters away, it looks like a grey overcoat but once you get closer, you realize that it is in fact a blend of mid-grey, black and blue. Personally, I think this mix of colors really adds to the appeal of the fabric and the coat in general.
Second, this Paletot has a black velvet collar. While black and tweed are generally a no go, black velvet takes it even a step further. Nevertheless, the overall appearance is rather balanced. In London, you can sometimes spot a gentleman in a Covert Coat or Chesterfield Coat – we will write about these in the near future – with a brown, green or black velvet collar. Even though it is a rather small detail, it can change the
appearance of the coat and its wearer tremendously. So if you have plain overcoats at home and a bespoke tailor in town, you should think about having a velvet collar added to one of your coats – I am sure you will not regret it.
That being said, the cut of the topcoat is very simple, and sophisticated – a classic town overcoat. In the front, the double layers of cloth will keep you warm and in the back, there is a button inside the vent, which can be closed if it get windy.
In the pictures, you can see classic grey flannel trousers, black oxford shoes, a mid-blue shirt, and a bright red sweater knit vest. It is combined with grey gloves which are so much more versatile than black. Also, black has traditionally never been an accepted glove color for daywear. Moreover, grey is perfectly well suited for business attire, yet it sets you apart from the rest.
Around my neck, I am wearing a silk scarf in blue and purple tone with a micro pattern. Now, some may wonder why I wear silk scarves in the winter – well for exactly two reasons: On the one hand, silk is thinner and keeps you remarkably warm and on the other hand, historically all wool or all cashmere scarf were never appropriate for town wear. Much rather, silk was the way to go and if it was too cold, you would have a tubular scarf with one side in silk, and the other in wool, cashmere or a blend of both. Today, average men’s departments do rarely stock these kind of scarves, probably because they require more hand labor and are hence more expensive to sell.
In order not to lose too much heat through my head, I decided to wear a black Fedora hat. Back in the day, in England or Continental Europe, a snap brim hat would have never been considered to be town wear. Though today, hardly anybody wears a hat and so you can get away with almost anything. Due to its black color I do not think that this felt hat looks out of place but it much rather harmonizes with the black shoes and grey tones of the rest of the outfit.
Whenever you were a lot of dark colors, make sure to add at least a little bit of color, and you will definitely purvey a more positive picture of yourself, especially in the middle of winter.