One of the great classic styles of overcoats is called the chesterfield.  It’s single-breasted, with a fly front (hidden buttons), a velvet collar, and a breast pocket.  The velvet collar is a remnant of the days when men wore their hair long and rarely washed it; a velvet collar could be replaced as often as needed.  Today the chesterfield is one of the more formal overcoat styles; the fly front gives it a sleek look.


Coat: Saks Fifth Avenue chesterfield, thrifted, $30
Suit: Southwick, thrifted, $8
Shirt: Brooks Brothers, bought secondhand online, $40
Tie: Rubinacci, gift, $0
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted, $12

Total: $90
At retail prices: At least $2000

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3 Responses to Chesterfield

  1. yanick charbonneau says:


    the smart way to go.

    Wish I could find such stores here in Asia.

  2. Ibrahim says:


    I just got a chesterfield on sale at Ted Baker London in their outlet in Wrentham, MA, this last weekend. Original price, 695. On sale for 112 dollars, no sales tax 🙂

    Thank you for the info, I would not have known that this type of coat had a specific name.

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