A$AP'S GUIDE TO OVERCOATS
By Luke Keleher, 21 November 2016
A$AP Rocky has proven time and again that he knows how to boss the sartorial game. With this in mind, we naturally look to Lord Flacko to steal some style inspiration for the winter months – paying close attention to his collection of coats. Check out our favourites below.
Up the duffle
For crisp autumn days spent kicking leaves, never underestimate the humble duffle coat. Combine it with the ultimate cosy combo of a hood pulled up and toggles tightened to beat the chill, and you'll understand why we've never parted with ours. Cast visions of Paddington Bear from your mind, though, as A$AP teaches us some important outerwear lessons with his primary-colour-tipped number. He wears it with a casual black suit, chunky lace-ups and a fresh-as white tee, but the (hopefully faux) fur-trimmed hooded jacket is an outer layer so slick you won’t want to leave it at the coat check.
With party season upon us, you’ll be raiding your wardrobe or turning to the virtual high street for an upgrade on your day-to-day steez. Whether you’re planning an outfit for a black-tie party or need to sharpen up for your next BNO, turn to Harlem's hustler prince and his red-carpet looks. Monochrome is king for night owls, which A$AP proves here in a classic black two-piece suit worn over a fresh white shirt. Match your overcoat to your jacket, like him, for a streamlined silhouette, and finish up with a pair of well-tailored trousers to elongate your legs. Elegant, but manly – win.
Casual in camel
Wrapping up warm during the colder months doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your year-round aesthetic, as proven here by A$AP’s on-stage attire. Overhead hoodies and jackets are riding the resurgent 90s grunge wave to emerge at the top of every hypebeast's must-cop list. Use one as the foundation to your outfit and layer another, erm, layer on top – preferably something in plaid, denim or even leather, as demoed here. For an even trendier take on the camel classic, opt a double-breasted version or one with epaulettes.
When you’re as cool as A$AP, you don’t have to abide by the rules that govern the rest of us for formal affairs. While jaunts down the red carpet may not be what your party-season calendar entails, you can still inject your outfit with the same rebellious spirit that we’re looking at here. Layering a hoodie underneath a tailored jacket is a pretty bold two-fingers-up to the dress code, but wouldn't get you turned away at the door. Forget loafers or brogues, and subvert smartwear standards still further by opting instead for a pair of lace-up boots. We’ve been all about denim in coatings and heavier washes for the last few seasons, and there’s no reason why you can’t apply the trend to a more formal ‘fit, à la A$AP's tailored trousers.