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January 27, 2015

Spring Coats: Versatile Options for Every Type of Work Day

When picking a coat for work, finding a style that performs with a versatile office wardrobe is key. In today’s workplace, we may go from wearing a formal suit to a sport coat and trousers, or dark jeans and a button down shirt during any given week. Keeping professional and appropriate is always the goal – you never know when you are going to run into a colleague or client on the way to work, and you certainly always want to make a great first impression at an offsite meeting. Lucky for us, there are a lot of stylishly modern ways to convey that by embracing the updated looks of the season.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for some dapper coats for a night out and Thursday for our top casual outerwear picks. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Lightweight-Short-Raincoat/ML00387,default,pd.html
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Brooks Brothers - Lightweight Short Raincoat
Lightweight Short Raincoat
Brooks Brothers
Sold by: Brooks Brothers

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A lightweight raincoat is a spring staple, especially if you’re a gent who wears a suit to work most days. Brooks Brothers has given some new life to this key basic by doing it in a shorter length that still works over any suit or sport coat, and in an updated navy. This one is just slightly brighter than a typical navy blue, perfect for spring. It’s super lightweight and ready to tackle the rain in style.
http://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/burberry_brit/showerproof-trench-coat/401291 Burberry Brit - Showerproof Trench Coat
Burberry Brit - Showerproof Trench Coat
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Burberry Brit - Showerproof Trench Coat
Showerproof Trench Coat
Burberry Brit
Sold by: Mr. Porter

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You know how having a Burberry trench is something of a “thing”? Besides the obvious traits that make it so wanted, like fabulous quality and timeless style, do you know that it all started with Thomas Burberry designing a trench coat for British World War I soldiers, fighting in the trenches? That history can still be seen in the double-breasted finish, epaulettes, belted cuffs and a removable belt of this water resistant version. It is shorter for a modern look and goes with your entire work wardrobe, from suit to jeans. Get it now, have it forever.
http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-waxed-cotton-jacket-w-corduroy-details-mushroom Cole Haan - Waxed Cotton Jacket w/ Corduroy Details
Cole Haan - Waxed Cotton Jacket w/ Corduroy Details
Put your thoughts on this model’s beard aside, and just concentrate on the coat. Because it’s truly a great coat. With a zip-out vest liner, you can wear this easy modern fitting trench from Cole Haan most of the year. Once it’s warmer, just remove the lining. Since it’s made of a breathable waxed cotton, it will keep you dry in the rain, too. The mushroom color is a great neutral that’s not too light to continue wearing deep into fall. And it looks great over dark and light suits, pants, and jeans alike.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418197&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446768405 Theory - Bales Sturdy Trench Coat
Theory - Bales Sturdy Trench Coat
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Theory - Bales Sturdy Trench Coat
Bales Sturdy Trench Coat
Theory
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Theory’s minimalist approach updates the trench coat with clean lines and the shorter length that is the new classic. Playing into the theme we’ve been talking about of versatility, the light beige color is universal and the contemporary fit is downright dapper over a suit or sport coat.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/carson-trench-coat.html J. McLaughlin - Carson Trench Coat
J. McLaughlin - Carson Trench Coat
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J. McLaughlin - Carson Trench Coat
Carson Trench Coat
J. McLaughlin
Sold by: J. McLaughlin

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As opposed to Theory’s contemporary fit, J. McLaughlin’s version is an easier classic fit. It’s also in the shorter mid-thigh length. And it’s made of a coated water-resistant cotton shell with a zip and button closure that gives it a bit more of a relaxed feel - perfect with your khaki’s or jeans and a button up shirt on a casual office day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sanyo-water-repellant-packable-travel-jacket/3911960 Sanyo - Water Repellant Packable Travel Jacket
Sanyo - Water Repellant Packable Travel Jacket
While this Sanyo jacket comes in neutral navy and black, the orange is our top pick. It’s not easy to find an office-ready silhouette in a stylish color that has a little “umph” to it (yet still goes with all your casual work bottoms, like khaki’s and jeans). Sanyo has cleverly taken a water repellant microfiber, often used in more casual styles, and constructed this jacket with blazer details like a buttoned chest pocket and flap hip pockets. So it has a dressier look, with all the casual benefits. It’s seriously lightweight, easily packing into its pouch – perfect for a trip.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Quilted-Hybrid-Jacket/ML00394,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Quilted Hybrid Jacket
Brooks Brothers - Quilted Hybrid Jacket
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Brooks Brothers - Quilted Hybrid Jacket
Quilted Hybrid Jacket
Brooks Brothers
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Quilting continues as a trend for spring. One of our favorite examples is this jacket from Brooks Brothers. The suede detail under the collar and marine blue color give it an elevated look, making it completely appropriate for work on a less formal day. It’s in Brooks Brothers classic fit, so its looser - easily handling layers underneath, like a sweater over your sport shirt.
http://patrickjames.com/SKU/9867/Peter-Millar-Austin-Full-Zip-Jacket.aspx#.VL-zRnZnBrg Peter Millar - Austin Full-Zip Jacket
Peter Millar - Austin Full-Zip Jacket
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Peter Millar - Austin Full-Zip Jacket
Austin Full-Zip Jacket
Peter Millar
Sold by: Patrick James

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For those truly casual office days when the weather dictates a light jacket (maybe it’ll be a short day followed by a little golf), this classic windbreaker will take you from the office to the club in style. Peter Millar uses soft, windproof polyester that has a dressier look, and smart looking details in the knit trim on the wing collar and cuffs. It’s a modern fit that comes in neutral black, navy, and brown. But this surprisingly versatile rusty color adds a pop, while still working with all your neutral pants.
 

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