When it comes to outerwear, nothing is more essential than a made to measure overcoat. At Alexandra Wood, we design super sharp coats to suit every occasion; from formal business events to casual weekend wear. Made from fabrics that are built to last, this will be your ideal wardrobe staple. Here we talk you through the options available:
THE CHESTERFIELD OVERCOAT
This is the original and classic business overcoat. Named after the Earl of Chesterfield, it was invented in the mid 19th century. it was the start of the coat we know today. The style has never changed, in general the length of the coat is to the knee. Choose slightly shorter for a more modern look, or longer for a more elegant look.
The Chesterfield overcoat usually comes in a grey or navy. This coat is both traditional and timeless. The contrast collar can be made from either a choice of suede or velvet.
You can also choose with two, side pockets or with an outside ticket pocket. I tend to say that the taller you are, the more detail you can add to your coat. Always opt for slightly slanted pockets, as they are more flattering, as they draw the eye to the waistline, creating a clever illusion of a slim waist.
THE ULSTER COAT
This coat was made popular in the Victorian period, originally with a cape it was a heavy coat typically in tweed.
The Ulster is traditionally knee length. a double breasted coat with a notch lapel completed with patch pockets with flap and half belt. This is a robust and heavy duty overcoat well suited for cold Winters. So, if the beast from the East returns, you know which coat to purchase sharpish.
THE COVERT COAT
This is the sporty brother of the Chesterfield, its history is firmly rooted in the hunts of the late 19th century. Tailored from covert cloth, this heavy tweed would traditionally range from light green to a tan brown but more contemporary are Navy and Grey.
The covert coat is easily recognised with the rows of stitch details to the cuff and hem. Styles are much lighter than they used to be and a wider variety of colours; brown, green, blue and grey.
The raincoat of Balmacaan, known by many names this overcoat has changed styles many times. From raglan sleeves, to the heavier cottons you see in a Burberry Mac to ours, which is super lightweight, ideal for the modern man who likes weightless clothing and ease of transportation. You can simply wrap this raincoat up and throw it in your bag, whilst it still retains its shape.
We can design yours in many different ways, with or without a belted waistline. We specialise in clean, classic pieces that will be timeless in your wardrobe.
The Pea coat is believed to have originated from within the Navy. Its style can vary but the traditional look is characterised by its short length, broad lapels, double breasted front, buttons under the collar and slanted side pockets.
With a warm, quilted lining, the peacoat provides protection even in the roughest seas. Add contrasting buttons, to make the look unique or why not go for an alternative colour..
THE UNSTRUCTURED OVERCOAT
This is one of our favourite new innovations. We have designed our new overcoat collection completely unstructured, with lined arms and nothing else. With the feedback being that you guys run a little hotter, why would you want a big, bulky overcoat?
This is the perfect balance between smart and casual oh and super comfortable!
Using only the highest quality fabrics, our made to measure range includes Chesterfield Overcoats, Ulster Coats, Raincoats, Peacoats, Carcoats and Unstructured Bodycoats, and start from £1,200. You can book your appointment for either Savile Row or Bishops Stortford, Herfordshire.
We design made to measure overcoats and also sell exclusive, ready to wear overcoats. New styles will be available online from November. To make an appointment for your made to measure option, Contact us here.