The Laid-Back Guy’s Guide to Wearing a Topcoat This Fall

The dressy outerwear option gets a very chill makeover.

Does the word “topcoat” still make you think of midcentury businessmen trudging to work with the weight of oversize overcoats swallowing their gray flannel suits? It shouldn't. Because the topper has evolved into a piece of borderline streetwear, a tailored garment that hangs open as casually as a bathrobe. Try it over a striped turtleneck, a graphic tee, or even a buttoned-to-the-top flannel—basically anything but a suit. For once, imagine how Don Draper would dress, and then do the opposite.

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