The history of the wool overcoat is long and complicated. There are so many styles to explore, discuss and evaluate that it can become overwhelming. Where exactly to start? Perhaps with the Chesterfield popularized by OG dandy Lord Byron or the covert coat, initially designed to be worn while riding but now most likely to be identified with Jason Statham in Snatch.
Maybe the discussion should turn to the Ulster — its rugged outdoorsy design and tweed material being seriously on-trend at the moment — or the sturdy construction of the guards coat? The contemporary wool overcoat has been influenced by all these earlier cuts to become a true cult classic. Here are our current fave styles.