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As we start to enter the autumn season, there’s no doubt you’re looking for ways to upgrade your outerwear collection and make sure there you have the right style for every occasion. For men in particular, the right coat can make or break an outfit, so it’s key to do your research!

From casual quilted jackets and leather jackets to longline coats and blazers, make sure you’ve chosen the right coat no matter where you’re going. Here, Whispering Smith offer their advice when it comes to men’s coats and jackets.

For casual occasions

Your choice of everyday coat is crucial. You’ll wear it the majority of the time, especially just for casual occasions as you’re out and about. From shopping to walking the dog, heading out for lunch to meeting a friend, do it in style with the right coat.

As the weather changes, look out for designs that are going to keep you warm without compromising on style. Puffer jackets in particular can be a popular choice for this time of year, with changeable weather that creates a need for something warm but still quite lightweight. With its streetwear-inspired padded design and a typically shorter length, it’s a staple coat for this season.

Similarly, bomber jackets are still a go-to style for casual occasions. With a sporty style, a bomber jacket is easy to throw on over anything from a hoodie to a shirt. In other words, have one in your collection at all times!

For smart occasions

When your social calendar does throw up an occasion, make sure you’re ready for it. A smart outfit needs a smart coat, or else you simply won’t look the part. This is true whether you’re heading to a daytime or evening event, so choose your style wisely!

Two of the most popular styles for a smart coat are the longline coat and blazer. Longline coats are great for the colder weather, offering additional warmth with the longer length. They are typically made from a wool blend, and always look more sophisticated in a darker shade like charcoal or black for this time of year!

Blazers, typically with a much shorter length, can look as good with jeans as smart trousers to give you the optimum smart-casual dress code.

For the wintry nights

When the cold nights set in, you either leave the house in a proper winter coat or you don’t leave at all! Having the right coat for wintry weather is crucial for warmth and comfort, but it doesn’t mean you have to forego style as well.

One of the most popular and most suited styles to winter is a parka coat. Characterized by a longer length and a hood, there’s no better features to see you through a chilly spell. Colors such as khaki, navy and black are always a strong choice and will go perfectly with your existing collection of clothes.

Look out for designs that have been finished with a faux fur trim for added detail, as well as toggle adjusters and zip pockets to make sure it’s practical as well as stylish.

For date night

When a real special occasion arises, it’s important to look the part! Whether you’re going on a first date or you’ve been with your other half for years, make the effort and add a stylish finishing touch to your outfit of choice.

An aviator jacket is a great way to add little flair to your ensemble, with faux fur, buckles and zips creating the perfect amount of detail. What’s more, it can look great with combinations like jeans and boots, smart trousers and shoes or a t-shirt and jeans. So, whether you’re heading to a city center restaurant or the local pub, let your coat give a great first impression.

Another popular look for this type of occasion is the classic leather jacket; a style you just can’t go wrong with. It’s been in style for decades, and for good reason too! Give your look a bit of an edge, whether you’re out for the night or just a couple of hours.