Now that it is safe to say we are out of the scorching heat of summer, it is essential to confront the dark, wet, cold months ahead. What better way could there be to than to pull out your trusty fall jacket or winter jacket (honestly, in Los Angeles, is there any distinction any longer?), dust it off by way of dry-cleaning and wear it proudly around town? We can’t think of any. And so, in this post, we are going to celebrate three classic types of fall jackets or winter jackets that will keep you warm and that you will look great in. Naturally, if you get them dry-cleaned, they will look (and feel) even better than ever!
The Trench Coat
Although the temperature in Los Angeles rarely reaches freezing levels, late fall and winter in Los Angeles can get quite rainy. Given that El Nino is predicted to bring unprecedented storms to the entire region, it is important to be protected from the rain. If you are looking for a classic rain jacket that will turn heads and keep you protected from the cold, there is no better choice than the trench coat.
Developed by the British military and used heavily during combat in WWI (where it received its name on the front lines), the trench coat has remained a classic of rain jackets throughout the 20th century. With a traditional length extending to the wearer’s thighs or longer, the trench coat is guaranteed to keep you dry this rainy season. Although contemporary trench coats might be more tapered than those of its military past, it remains a fashionable, classic design to show off in the months to come.
The Duffle Coat or Jacket
Perhaps in the last year or two, you have noticed those thick coats with those wooden latches on them fastened by rope. This variation of coat, unsurprisingly, is not a new style of jacket, but rather, is the duffle coat, a coat which has had a recent resurgence in both the United States and Europe. Hailing from the town of Duffel, Belgium, the original material of the coat’s body is duffel, a thick woolen material. Wool is a great conductor of heat, and thus this type of jacket will keep you warm for as long as you need. However, given that wool is also an extremely-absorbent material, it is best not to wear a duffle coat in the rain unless you want everyone else to smell the scent of the fur!
Last is the classic peacoat, one of the most iconic jackets of the last two centuries, and also one of the most memorable winter jackets you could possibly wear this season. Normally made out of heavy wool, it is typically short, always double-breasted, exceptionally warm, and extremely comfortable to wear. Initially donned by European sailors and members of the U.S. Navy, the peacoat is now made for enjoyed by all members of society, from children and students to working professionals and everything in-between. Extremely wind-resistant and plush, it makes for delightful wear, no matter how bad the weather may be outside.