Before moving to San Francisco, the thought of a “statement coat” made little sense to me. I would have much rather made a statement with my bag and shoes. But when you live in a climate where a coat is a necessity nearly every day of the year (save for about a month during what people in other climates consider Fall), statement coats make a lot more sense.
This one by Alexander Wang fits the bill. It’s cut like a cool motorcycle jacket, but in a totally untraditional color (white) and fabric (coated tweed). I was on the fence about it for a while, until I saw it in person and realized its many virtues. Unlike white coats in other fabrics, this one does not attract dirt and various other color-dulling substances. Unlike wool or leather, it’s water-repellant and perfect for uncertain weather.
Added on top of an otherwise simple, low-key outfit, it really makes a statement. Even if that statement is, “I want to look hip and stay clean.” How many other white coats can do such things?