The Best Of 2008’s Duffle Coats

A duffle is a nice alternative to a pea coat; nothing too intense, but just different enough to make a visual difference and change things up a bit.  Look for toggles when choosing a duffle design; buttons are dull and are always used in every other coat; take the chance a duffle design gives you to be different.

Another thing to keep in brain when making your choice is the presence of a hood.  There isn’t much good to a coat in soggy climates when you can’t even keep your head dry…look for a duffle with a detachable hood for increased versatility.


The Best Of 2008's Duffle Coats

From left to right: Premium duffle coat ($180; Topshop), Alpha Industries wool duffle ($213; Zappos), Merona wool duffle ($79; Target), Wool duffle ($699; Burberry)

Sadly there seemed to be a lack of fabric patterns in the men’s duffle scene (except for Topman of course).  Though solids do give you much more versatility than patterns, you certainly won’t get creative bonus points for boring black.



The Best Of 2008's Duffle Coats

From left to right: A.P.C. Short Duffle Coat ($420; La Garçonne), Rag & Bone Duffle Coat ($72; La Garçonne), Check wool duffle ($125; Topshop), Duffle coat ($625; Burberry)

Women get a little more creativity with shape (see Rag & Bone’s version above) and pattern, but cuts are still fairly classic and less the risk.  This is a prime example of an investment piece that will be ready and able to be worn throughout multiple seasons; the basic design for a duffle has yet to be changed!


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I believe the toggles and *especially* a hood combine to make a duffle much more casual than a peacoat. And if they only come in black, why bother? Leave duffle coats to the ladies.

Comment by Jared

Where can I find good duffel coats here on the east coast, or rather eastern coat in Ontario?

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