Every man needs a good coat in his closet for those few months a year when the Texas temperatures dip below 50. With proper care, a high-quality coat can last for years. Look for classic cuts in neutral tones that will carry over from season to season. Dapper gents looking for a sophisticated style to suit every occasion should invest in a black, knee-skimming, cashmere overcoat—a great look for either black-tie or a board meeting. Try a khaki-colored trench for everyday wear. Or, if you’ve already got the basics, a structured, military-inspired jacket with elbow patches is this season’s hot item. Let your coat complement—not confuse—your look, and you won’t get left out in the cold.
Cashmere overcoat (left) by Ermenegildo Zegna. $2,395 at Pockets Menswear, Highland Park Village
Khaki trench coat (center). $695 at Beretta, Highland Park Village
Military jacket (right). $595 at Cole Haan, NorthPark Center
photography by Marc Montoya