The Ultimate | An Ode to the Polo Coat.

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Could it be? Are the leaves already changing? Is the temperature already dropping? Is winter already rounding the corner on us? It feels like summer started just a month ago. Maybe it’s because here in New York, we never had to fully face the syrupy air and searing heat that mark most East Coast summers. But we’ll admit, a mild summer felt like a gift from heavens after last winter’s endless freeze, but it also ensured that those frostbitten memories never quite faded away.

We can still recall mornings where we thought our fingers were going to crack in half, afternoons where seven layers weren’t quite enough, and evenings in which the prospect of building a fire right on the floor of the living room didn’t really seem that insane. This winter experience has us thinking of the weather ahead and considering the purchase of the ultimate overcoat: The Polo Coat.

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Long. Tan. Double-breasted. Turn-back cuffs. Cinch in the back. Peak Lapels.

The origin story of the camel hair Polo Coat is murky, although as far as we can tell, polo players have worn these camel-hair overcoats for decades. Regardless of its roots, the Polo coat is a workhorse, the sort of piece that can be worn every single day over just about anything. Unfortunately, an actual Polo coat isn’t easy to come by nor is it cheap. Ralph Lauren still makes one, as do a few other brands, but the cost is roughly equivalent to a month’s rent. It’s for this reason that our polo coat collection remains in .jpg form for now. And we actually don’t even own those jpg’s, as they all come from PoloCoat.Tumblr.Com, a site run by someone who evidently shares our obsession with this overcoat of kings. Or at least their brothers.

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Comments on “The Ultimate | An Ode to the Polo Coat.

    darthrex354on October 6, 2014 @ 12:16 PM:

    So if one were interested in purchasing a good polo coat at a reasonable price, could anyone recommend some good brands?

    Alan Grayon October 6, 2014 @ 2:08 PM:

    No polo coat these days, a British Warm instead, but, on both, keeping your hands out of the pockets so they don’t stretch really helps preserve the look of the coat.

    Ray Hullon October 6, 2014 @ 3:10 PM:

    Alas, I sent my last one, a Paul Stuart DB number, to the Salvation Army last fall. They used to be part of the boarding school (M&F) uniform, not to mention US Army Generals.

    linklawon October 6, 2014 @ 7:24 PM:

    O’Connell’s in Buffalo has a very nice polo coat. I picked one up last year.

    Andrew Kruckoon October 28, 2014 @ 10:23 PM:

    I had a polo coat that proved to be very warm

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