After relying on collars to keep us windproof, toasty and extra protected, are we really ready for the collarless coat?
This Autumn/Winter, the catwalks have assigned men to dress in the ever-controversial collarless coat. A garment that has often been approached by many a brave man, it seems that this year fashion is asking for more of you to sign up to this statement item. Acne was the brand that held the torch up to show you where to sign though, designing this forward thinking trend in sleek blacks and rich navy tones.
A double-breasted collarless trench coat, belted neatly and paired with classic navy trousers made its own entrance through a strong, boxy silhouette. This was the defining point in Acne’s A/W 12 collection. Intriguing and seductive yes, but it’s not just this inviting brand that offered the collarless garment. Yohji Yamamoto followed suit in a larger silhouette, possibly their answer to the blazer you might say, with their jacket producing a swept formation from a single buttoned cross over fastening, styling it with a gentlemanly bright, imposing pink tie. Offering you the option of playing with colour in your outfit and bringing sophistication and style to your look for the day.
However, if you’re looking for a bit of difference, perhaps you’re not quite ready to be suited and booted in such an edgy manner, J.W Anderson (not one to shy away from being unique) chose to sport a leather, netted, white short coat that touched upon the sports luxe trend. Perfect for easing you in to being collarless and, as J.W Anderson suggested, why not pair it with vibrant colours if you dare or take it down a notch with a pair of military boots and dark chinos. This is a way that allows you to experiment with one key statement piece.
E.Tautz went for understated elegance though, still keeping it collarless, they added the protection in the form a hood with the rest in a subtle design. Involving a concealed fastening and coated in a wealth of black, this collarless design is ideal for those of you who are moved towards styling a truly minimalist approach.
For now then, the collarless coat/jacket seems set to stay at least for the season. With many styles to choose from and clearly some colours to play with, it is a garment to invest in; giving you the opportunity to express yourself in style and to give you that little bit of edge.