This winter’s cold weather has reminded me that I’d really like to acquire a classic Ulster overcoat sometime this year. An Ulster is a long, double-breasted overcoat, usually made with a 6x3 or 8x4 button configuration. Those numbers refer to how the buttons are arranged on any double-breasted garment (not just Ulsters). A 6x3 double-breasted will have six buttons altogether, neatly arranged into two columns with three buttons each, while a 8x4 will have eight buttons arranged into two columns with four buttons each.
The Ulster has its origins in Ireland, where men would wear the overcoat casually ...
Consider the Silk Scarf
If you’re wearing a wool coat this winter, consider pairing it with a silk scarf. Silk scarves aren’t as versatile as ones made from cashmere or lambswool, but they look amazing when worn with heavy dress coats. By that I mean things such as polo coats, Ulster coats, and Chesterfields – the kinds of things that you sometimes see labeled as “dress outerwear” in places such as Brooks Brothers. It’s just another way of saying outerwear that’s dressier than things such as parkas and leather bomber jackets.
A silk scarf can really soften up the look ...
Few items of clothing are more usefully stylish than the duvet-like quilted down jacket.Designed for hunting and riding, it is just as useful for a day of errands in town. Those large pockets designed for shells, sugar lumps, dog leads, and whistle are equally at home filled with driving gloves, eyeglasses, keys, wallet and iPhone.
Quilted outerwear comes in the form of gilets as well as coats. A gilet keeps its wearer's body warm without restricting his arm movements, which is a practical consideration for golf as well as shopping.
In the photo, style icon Beppe Modenese wears his technical sportswear over a dress shirt with a fringed cashmere scarf, worsted trousers and monk strap shoes.