Well, I'm officially done shopping for F/W outwear. It's a wrap. Game over. See ya later. My buddy Gabe alerted me to the coat to end all coats. L.L. Bean's Black Watch Heritage Wool Duffel Coat is perfect - classic outwear silhouette, classic tartan. Hell, the best tartan ever. It's as bold as timeless gets, which as far as I am concerned is the definition of a must have. This is a statement making coat, but that statement won't embarrass you in, let's say, 2 years. The details are standard Bean fare. The wool is of the Italian sourced 18 oz. variety and the jacket comes hooked up with Bean's Thinsulate insulation (as seen in their Bean boots) to keep you extra warm. It's got traditional toggle closure, but also features a zipper (presumably YKK from previous experience) and backer buttons for when the wind really kicks up - that's a heavy dose of function to go with a full house of form. Lots of brands seem to be on the cropped duffel tip these days, but for my money I want a 3/4 length to keep my ass warm - L.L. Bean hits you right above the knee. If you don't trust me on black watch outerwear, and I know a lot of you don't, at least trust one of the greatest to ever do it.
[Editor's Note: Of course there is always an option for those of you who prefer to keep things stealth.]