Whether you're out on the tiles celebrating the end of the year with your house mates, moving from restaurant to bar with colleagues (with the whole office Christmas party in tow), or taking someone attractive for a spot of evening ice skating at Somerset House, the Going Out Coat (GOC) is an essential formal festive staple for your Christmastime wardrobe.
This is the garment which will take a simple shirt and smart trouser and transform the look into something almost laughably suave. With the nights drawing in, there is no simpler way to go from “end of the day” to “ready to play” without needing to stop off at home to smarten up.
For the festive season, the Going Out Coat is a must have, keeping you warm as you revel from dinner to dance floor, and adding an essential dose of refined razzle dazzle to special occasions. Here are a few key looks this season:
As soon as you stray outside the standard grey, black, navy box, your outerwear begins to make an impact. Just like many a winter season before, warm, dark colours are your go to palette, which means there's no need to make an extravagant statement if you want to channel a different shade. Instead dark reds and greens offer a twist on the usual standard issue greatcoat colour palette, without pushing you into peacock territory.
Get the look:
- ASOS Wool Overcoat in Burgundy, pair with Woburn Hi Shine in Burgundy
- River Island Green Wool-Blend Peacoat, pair with Steam Hi Shine in Black
From faux fur luxury, to a rich, textured wool, add a dash of something different to your festive get up by selecting a Going Out Coat with a striking texture. There's a lot of versatility to embrace with this trend - choose to keep your style simple with an offbeat but low key wool blend, or really up the ante with a full faux fur look – how much you commit it up to you.
Get the look:
- River Island Faux Fur Wool Peacoat, pair with Screw Hi Shine in Black
- Whistles Longline Double Breasted Coat, pair with Bayham Waxy in Black
If you're not up for playing with texture, embracing pattern and print is an on trend way to bring your Going Out Coat style up to date. A checked greatcoat is a great option, combining a traditional motif with a modern cut to effortlessly blend a suave vintage feel with contemporary edge. Opt for a compact check or herringbone print for a subtle look, or opt for a larger, dynamic, oversize pattern for extra style tekkers this season.
Get the look:
- Neil Barrett Gradient Herringbone Coat, pair with Hydro Hi Shine in Black
- Zara Check Coat, pair with Cash Waxy in Black
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