Monday, March 4, 2013

On the Street…. Coat Suit, Milan

In this shot Simone wears a “coat suit” – literally a suit made of trousers and a coat instead of a traditional jacket. Even the gentleman next to Simone is wearing a version of a “coat suit”.


Maybe it’s time for this?


For someone whose lifestyle includes constantly running around the city, both indoors and outdoors, this might be a better answer.


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  1. Simbarashe

    March 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    This is an awesome concept, such a no brainer!

  2. Elena

    March 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These gentlemen are so elegant and stylish!

  3. Juliette Laura

    March 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Perfect pulled together warmer version of a regular suit. So great! I love this look.

    Juliette Laura

  4. Ichraq

    March 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    they look very classy and sophisticated! i love them!

  5. Nina

    March 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love this look on a man. Although I don’t like the shoes he wears per se, they fit nicely with the style of the suit. And great hair. But as a lover of black I love the total black look with a short sock.

  6. Ottoman Dandy

    March 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    General outfits are all right however the shoes are a big disappointment.

  7. Koko Mitchell

    March 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I am Loving it! Very stylish and very appropriate with for the weather. I am feeling those black leather booties as well.


  8. Jennifer

    March 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I like it!

    xo Jennifer


    March 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I think the guy in the grey is smashing! The guy in the black has got to lengthen his pants and choose dark socks to create a long line.

  10. monkeyshines

    March 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    wonderful and classy!


  11. M

    March 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Agree. Have one by Ferre, and wear it for more than 10 winters now.

  12. Eva

    March 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love the suit but I;m not a big fan of the shoes he picked out… 

  13. Laura

    March 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I really like this “coat-suit”! Great idea!

  14. anotherjen

    March 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    It might be a “better answer”…but to what question exactly?!

    They do look very chic, and this look could work equally well for women. I also like how it makes sweater-wearing more practical, you don’t have the bulk of a sweater, a jacket, and a topcoat. Two layers instead of three is much more practical.

    • Topol

      September 26, 2018 at 2:16 am

      Two layers instead of three are also less warm.

  15. Star White

    March 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Classy and practical!
    The exposed ankles are a hoot but a nice break from the all black.

  16. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    March 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  17. pindlesblog

    March 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Looks great, love solid black look too!

  18. hadhka

    March 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  19. Nalletar

    March 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Coat suits are fine, bare ankles in winter not.

  20. comme fraiche

    March 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    a sweater of a more matching color and shaped to his body would have been better


    March 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm


  22. Gian Luca M

    March 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    italian elegant…

    Gian Luca M

  23. Denisa

    March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I really like that.. Coat suits. They are so elegant.

  24. Lila

    March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    As we say in argentina, it kills two birds from one shot!!!! When a femenine version??

  25. Margaret

    March 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    This is my answer! I work in an annex building across the city from our institute’s main building, and I spend half my day bundling up to cross the street. By the time I warm up enough to take my coat off – it is time to bundle up and cross back to the other side.

    Best utilitarian inspiration I’ve seen in a while. Love it.

  26. Nico

    March 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Agree with you, is more pratical than an ordinary suit.

  27. dcinDC

    March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    When it’s 32 or above (freezing) my suit coat is generally my outer coat as well – with a scarf, gloves, and hat. So, I like this idea. Wondering, tho, when they go inside, do they take it off like it’s an outer coat or leave it on like it’s a suit jacket?

  28. Monsieur Marcel

    March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    • Virginia L

      March 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Yes. You’ re right. So happy to read you.
      Is there something new? There are cycles.

    • une chatte grise

      March 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      The brown coat in the photo you linked to would look fabulous today, too! I’d wear it in a heartbeat.

  29. Elisabeth

    March 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    It’s an idea whose time has come. A shirt, suit jacket and topcoat all together make less and less sense as daywear becomes less formal; a topcoat over a neat sweater is a far more practical combo. And it looks fresh!

  30. James

    March 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    It makes you think of the ancestor of the modern suit coat (the double-breasted “greatcoat”)—see pictures of American politicians and industrialists c. 1870, for some of the best—if fairly portly—examples. But back then, most heat came from fireplaces, and no builder had ever heard of glass wool insulation.

  31. Clair Bright

    March 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Agree this concept is very much in keeping with the modern, urban, mobile lifestyle. Living in temperate SF, I’ve been buying “coat-skirt suit” combinations for years now from Dries Van Noten, Prada, Marni, Chloe- wearing the individual pieces often apart, and together for more formal situations- or as the basis for a capsule collection that vastly simplifies packing for international travel.

  32. Saskia

    March 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I think it’s briliant

  33. Stephanie

    March 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Just love this! They are so handsome!


  34. Lelli Family

    March 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Agree it’s elegant and casual, great style for a man!

    Daddy Lele from Lelli. Italian fashion family

  35. Nansosi

    March 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Really love the coat suit! Never saw this and it looks great, not to mention how practical it is.

  36. john b pritchett

    March 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Love it!

  37. nines

    March 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    That’s no gentleman! He’s not wearing socks. :o]

  38. Topol

    March 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love this style but would have to custom-make it in the U.S. It’s common among English barristers, although I wonder if they are bespoke there as well.

    The coat needs to be shorter than the one worn by the man in the photograph.

  39. Blogandthecities

    March 5, 2013 at 4:01 am

    simone is the most stylish man EVER (sorry for you mr. The Sartorialist ;) )

  40. Wimereux

    March 5, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I agree – it’s such a small step away from what we have now – trousers and overcoats – it’s amazing there haven’t been more of these.

    Love the increased output in 2013 (I’m pretty sure you are posting more frequently). I ‘come here often’ and there’s always something new.

  41. Lydia

    March 5, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Definitely worth trying!

  42. Mike

    March 5, 2013 at 7:24 am

    The guy in grey is so handsome. This is important because the security-guard shoes would not work on a lesser mortal.

  43. Mark W.

    March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Not feeling the shoes in the foreground…tan or suede Chelsea boots or some smooth bluchers would have done better for “Simone.” The gent next to him should have donned some suede or eelskin boots or some smooth leather and some socks that covered his ankles.

  44. FripperyVintage

    March 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Love this look, very practical but chic.

  45. Suni

    March 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm


  46. Tat

    March 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    The cycle continues…late 18th century I believe minus the vest underneath. I really like this.

  47. Felyn

    March 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Yes it is time.Form and function.

  48. Greg

    March 7, 2013 at 7:21 am


  49. simon B

    March 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The gloves make the outfit. As with so many things it’s the little details that make an outfit exciting.

  50. Freddie von Rost

    March 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Coat Suit ???????

    How ridiculous. Just a variation/update on the Edwardian Frock Coat Trouser combination.

  51. jim_dc

    May 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    They look like Hamlet (in the tan) and Horatio having a good time. Hamlet’s comfort shoes show the Americanization of Italian fashion. It’s a strong influence in the Milanese shops.

  52. Baron

    January 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    There is an overflood of cashmere coats out there! hard to find a real woven garment!
    Cashmere does not look like good quality to me, for the price u pay!! Check out my T-Michael tailored coat on this link! real Woven coat! I wear this coat to all occasions!

    peace n luv


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