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Character & colour

Timothy Barber
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CHOOSING an overcoat is a serious business. Likely to be the most substantial item in your wardrobe, your outer shell in winter needs to speak of your character and integrity as much as your fashion sense. It should be sober, ineffably elegant and well-made – a first-class overcoat should give decades of use rather than years. For those reasons, it’s important to avoid taking the indulgent route with something loud or self-consciously modish – you’ll look far more dapper in a classic style, whether that’s a heavyweight greatcoat or a sharp Chesterfield. A subtle pattern is fine so long as it complements your suit, but keep the tones muted.

For a flash of colour and expression, pick yourself a vibrant, stylish scarf too – it means you dont have to rely on the one you get from your granny for Christmas.

GIEVES & HAWKES
Double-breasted patch-pocket coat, £795
www.gievesandhawkes.com

BLACK FLEECE BY BROOKS BROTHERS
Grey wool Chesterfield coat, £2,800
www.brooksbrothers.com

JOHN LEWIS
English herringbone coat, £200
www.johnlewis.com

JAEGER
PoW Check Westminster coat, £350
www.jaeger.co.uk

BURBERRY
Burberry London greatcoat, £995
www.burberry.com

HACKETT LONDON
Mayfair wool herringbone covert coat, £495
www.hackett.com

TOPMAN
Multi-stripe tassle scarf, £12
www.topman.com

JOHNSTONS CASHMERE
Lambswool diamond scarf, £25
www.selfridges.com

HARRODS
Harrods blue scarf, £200
www.harrods.com

JOHN LEWIS
Timberland stripe scarf, £38
www.johnlewis.com

ASPINAL OF LONDON
College stripe in brown and turquoise, £40
www.aspinaloflondon.com

PAUL SMITH
PS short DR scarf, £95
www.selfridges.com