A GUIDE TO OUR NEW SEASON OUTERWEAR
Coats are the last thing we put on, the first that people see (at this time of year, anyway), but most often, the garment given the least thought. Taking time and care over your daily attire only to cover it all up with a tired old coat doesn’t make much sense in our eyes, and yet that’s what so many of us do each day. Fortunately, Sir Plus has released its first full range of coats to prevent any further outerwear peril. Each one is made using surplus, naturally, with considerate design details such as moleskin-lined pockets, concealed plackets and raglan sleeves.
The Nehru Coat
No doubt you’ll have noticed that the Nehru is a firm favourite here at Sir Plus. So it made sense to base our first new coat of the season on our best-selling jackets and waistcoats. If you’re already a fan of the Nehru, you’ll know what to expect here. A short Mandarin collar is the defining feature, inspired by those worn by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
After Mr Nehru was pictured on the pages of Vogue in 1964, his name became synonymous with his signature jacket style. It was quickly adopted by the Beatles and the Monkees, putting Sir Plus in great company. Today, the Nehru is a modern and refined alternative to fussy lapels.
Our new version features raglan sleeves, a chest welt and two lower welt pockets – the latter of which are lined with moleskin for added warmth. Real horn buttons fasten the coat, which comes in navy, charcoal herringbone or espresso brown, and is finished with a clean hidden placket and tab cuffs.
Choose the Nehru Coat if you’re after something a little smarter. Wear with a Grandad Shirt to keep things streamlined, and opt for formal trousers when the occasion suits. On off-duty days, the Nehru looks just as good with knitwear and jeans.
The Field Coat
The second of our new arrivals draws from an icon of American military design: the M-65 field jacket. First issued to soldiers at the beginning of the Second World War, the field jacket went through several iterations each named for the year they were issued, starting with the M-41 and culminating with the M-65.
Like the original, our Field Coat features a concealed zip closure. During wartime, this allowed soldiers to crawl on their stomachs without snagging or opening their jackets, although we don’t imagine that ours will be put through such challenges. The M-65 had a loose fit to allow soldiers to carry weapons and ammunition; we’ve cut ours generously with layering in mind.
Two large patch pockets and hidden entry, moleskin-lined side pockets finish the Field Coat (which comes in navy or charcoal), making it a versatile option for daily wear and winter weekend getaways. Like the Nehru, the Field Coat looks smart teamed with a shirt, but can also be worn over a gilet, jumper and t-shirt for a more casual ensemble.