Most often, people associate the topcoat as best matched with more formal office attire, the ideal finishing touch for a suit. Think Don Draper or the movie "Wall Street."
These days the topcoat is being used to elevate a casual look, juxtaposing tailoring with athleisure or denim. GQ's shoot with Ryan Reynolds shows how it's done, with sweatpants, a solid-colored henley and classic New Balance 574s.
Adding a pop of color ensures the more conservative nature of the classic topcoat is more weekend friendly. Notice how everything else he's wearing is restrained with navy chinos and canvas Vans lace-ups.
Of course, dark denim, grey sweats, a navy baseball cap and simple white sneakers will always work. The topcoat here reins in what could be a 100% casual look if paired with, say, a bomber jacket.
This ensemble below features a chunky sweater, dressier pants and white sneakers. The topcoat here creates a more structured silhouette for an understated pulled-together, still casual vibe.
So if you've been hesitant to pull the trigger our Fulton Topcoat because you don't wear dressier attire much, we hope these looks inspire you to rethink how the traditional topcoat can be worn these days.