8 Head-Turning Coats to Replace Your Parka

When it comes to buying a coat, Canadians tend to pick practical pieces — down parkas, anyone? Winter is bleak enough as it is, though, so you might as well have some fun with your outerwear to lift your spirits. Coats in greys, blues, and blacks will be the most versatile, but don’t settle for solid colours — bold patterns, playful accents, and luxurious fabrics, like suede or cashmere, make each of these toppers unique. You’ll be excited to wear them come winter, snow be damned.


A big check is an unexpected, yet still classic and very wearable, choice of pattern for a coat — and the long length of the hem will give your legs some added protection.

Coat ($4,695) by Thom Browne at Holt Renfrew; suit ($1,245), shirt ($195), and shoes ($725) by BOSS.


For the most fashion-forward of men, an unstructured, extra-long coat with a bold geometric print is a purchase you’ll never regret.

Coat (price upon request) by Louis Vuitton; suit ($1,095) and shirt ($175) by HUGO.


A pea coat is normally a pretty conservative choice, but this version adds a fur-lined hood and has a cool gradient colour instead of the expected black.

Coat, sweater, and pants (all price upon request) by Michael Kors Mens.


A navy overcoat isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but this one is special thanks to small details like the textured fabric and subtle pattern at the hem.

Coat ($2,300) by Aquascutum; suit (price upon request) and shirt (price upon request) by Perry Ellis.


The trench coat is going to have a moment come spring, so if you’re a forward thinking kind of guy, this is the coat for you. The traditional shape is livened up with a panel of green that adds volume and colour to the coat.

Coat (price upon request) by Louis Vuitton; turtleneck ($200) by Strellson; pants ($300) by Thomas Henry Made.


If you don’t already have a reliable overcoat, this is the one you want. Sleek and well proportioned, you can wear it over a suit or dress it down for the weekend.

Coat ($3,200), cardigan ($1,695), T-shirt ($150), and pants ($500) by Jil Sander at Harry Rosen; shoes ($1,495) by Gucci.


Puffer coats may be all the rage right now, but they don’t necessarily scream luxury. Leave Brunello Cucinelli to solve that problem by creating a must-have puffer in rich grey suede.

Coat ($7,995) by Brunello Cucinelli at Harry Rosen; T-shirt (price upon request) and pants (price upon request) by Louis Vuitton; Freelancer watch ($2,095) by Raymond Weil at Hudson’s Bay.


Embrace the military heritage of the officer’s coat with the strict silhouette and naval-inspired embellishments on the sleeves.

Coat ($3,760) by Gucci; shirt (price upon request) and pants (price upon request) by Prada.
Photography: Christoph Strube
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